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How to Read Sheet Music

What do all the lines and symbols mean on sheet music? I want to learn to read it.

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Sheet music can seem like something written in an alien language to those inexperienced with reading it, as it is a complicated form of written record. However, a few simple explanations will have you reading sheet music in less than an hour. It will take a little longer to learn the notes and all the musical direction symbols.

The first thing to know is that those straight lines running across the page is called the staff. It is five horizontal lines and four spaces. Each space and line represents a note on thec scale, but it also holds other symbols and information. At the beginning of a piece of music is a clef. The two clefs are treble and bass. The treble clef is for high range notes and the bass clef is for low range notes. The staff lines and spaces are different notes for each clef. On the treble clef staff, the lines represent the notes E, G, B, D, F, and the spaces are F, A, C, E. On the bass clef, the lines are G, B, D, F, A, and the spaces are A, C, E, G.

After the clef is a time signature. The time signature is usually in the form of a fraction and it lets the musician know how many counts are in each measure. Measures are separated on the staff by straight vertical lines. The standard time is 4/4, and it can be noted as such or by a bold capital C. The reason for the different symbols for notes is that each symbol tells the musician how many counts to hold the note.

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