How to Read Music. Musical notation for almost everyone!

4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

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What you will learn here.

Free How to Read Music lessons provide the basic knowledge of music notation, which will allow you to explore thousands of songs written for piano or electronic keyboard.

Music notation lessons cover the treble clef, the bass clef, the music staff , key signatures, time signatures, note duration and basic fingering rules for the piano.

How much do I need to know about how to read music?

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Let me assure you that you don't need to know everything about reading music at all to enjoy yourself making music on piano.

I sat at the piano for hours as a child and picked out melodies and chords and just experimented or improvised and developed a love for music.

If you are a parent I encourage you to place you child in front of a keyboard instrument and let them really PLAY at music.

Where is the music before it is written?

My answer is in two parts.

First music comes from the heart!

When I sit and give a first lesson to a beginner I tell them, and I am telling you that the music is not on the page to start with.

It is inside you!

I always begin with giving the brand new students a few specially chosen notes on the piano to focus on, usually just 5 notes, A, B, C, D, and E.

I will play a simple chord progression in the key of C and ask the student to play whatever they feel.

It is often amazing to hear what comes out naturally.

The student can't make a mistake because I understand the relationship of those five notes to the chords I am playing underneath which brings me to the second part of the answer

. Music comes also from the mind.

The reason my first lesson experiment works is that I know, and if you continue to learn from this site, you will too, the relationship between scales, or melodies, and chords, or harmonies.

So what does this have to do with learning how to read music?

The bottom line is if you are an adult beginner and NOT interested in playing classical music, concentrate on learning the treble clef, musical notation, and how to understand chord symbols.

If strictly reading grand staff classical music is your goal you may need to supplement these lessons with private lessons from a classical music piano teacher. I can direct you on choosing the right online teacher or local teacher and also recommend some great printed teaching methods.

Ready to get started? Click the link below to begin.

how to read music, part one,

Rhythmic notation.

For an introduction to understanding note values and how to read and notate them click the link below.

understanding rhythmic notation

Time Signatures.

Learn what you need to know about time signatures or popular music. All the basics you will need to below

understanding Time Signatures

Reading treble clef music.

This free lesson will get you started learning to read treble clef "fake book music" like the professionals. Click the link below.

reading treble clef music

More treble clef lessons.

Click the links below for lessons designed to increase you speed music skills.

treble clef lesson for Silent Night

More information on reading the Bass Clef

This lesson will help you better understand the Bass clef and what to do with that knowledge.

More on reading the Bass Clef

Understanding more Music Symbols.

For more information on the music symbols you will encounter while playing, click the link below

More about Music Symbols
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