Learn How To Read Sheet Music On The Piano!

The ability to play the piano by ear and apply that to what you can see on it can be boosted if you can read notes. Anyone who can read the piano sheet music can visualize what they are hearing and stand a chance to translate it to the piano in a more effective manner. Getting started with how to learn to do this requires going back to the basics – working from Middle C. Usually, piano music has two horizontal lines sets known as staffs. The vertical lines used to break up staffs are known as bar lines and the segments formed are known as measures. 

The top of these two staffs is known as the Treble Clef and is a representation of all the notes above Middle C. The lower staff is known as the Bass Clef and is a representation of all the notes set below Middle C. Since Middle C is the one dividing the two staffs, it is obvious that the note at the center between the two staffs is Middle C. Moving up to the bottom line of the top section, the treble clef, the note on that line is E. Going upwards, the notes represented on this staff are G, B, D and F respectively.

Mastering the Notes

There are different ways used to remember the notes on each staff either on top or below Middle C. A simple way to remember this order of E G B D F, for instance, is (Every) (Good) (Boy) (Deserves) (Favor). All notes falling in between the lines of the staffs are notes that are found in between its notes. In between the E and G lines is an F and between G and B is an A. The same case applies for B and D, which have a C in between them and an E appearing in between D and F. It is therefore easy to remember the notes that come in between the lines because they spell the word “FACE.” In that case, if you want to remember treble clef, you will need the statement “every good boy deserves favor” and then word FACE! Now you have known how to read the treble clef.

Next, it’s the bass clef, which is composed of all notes below Middle C. Starting at the last line of the bass clef, just as it was the case for treble clef, you will be able to remember the bass clef. In this case, the bottom note for the bass clef is G. Moving upwards, the notes on the lines are B, D, F, A respectively. To remember the names of these notes, you can use the statement “Good Boys Deserve Favor Always.”

Just as it was the case for treble clef, the C major scale can be used to find the missing notes on the bass clef. The note between G and B is A whereas that between B and D is C, with E being located between D and F. Lastly, the note between F and A is G. When written down, the words are ACEG. To remember them, the phrase “All Cows Eat Grass” can be used. At this point, you know how to read a good number of notes on any piece of sheet music.

Help with Sharps and Flats

Over and above what you have come to know, you will need to know something about the sharps and the flats. For instance, to make a G sharp, the note would be put on the staff with the # symbol beside it. For flats, the note will have a different symbol beside it, similar to a lowercase “b.” With this information, you can comfortably read sheet music on the piano.

Music is procedural and follows a certain progression especially on the piano and other musical instruments. In this case, learning how to read sheet music is highly recommended to be successful in playing piano music. The sequence is very simple. As highlighted in here, you need your old friend “Middle C” and work your way from that point to learn about the treble clef and the bass clef. Mastering the notes on each of these staffs will set you in a good position to read sheet music on the piano.