Guides | Dummy Guide to Reading Music Notes

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

When it comes to music, many have difficulty reading and playing their favourite music sheet of the song they like. Yes I hear that often too.

For everyone out there whom are non-musicians faces this problem every time when it comes to learning a particular song from their favourite artist or even a soundtrack from their favourite movie.

So now, let me share with you how you can read music notes using these music theory knowledge in mind..AKA the Dummy Guide to Reading Music Notes.


Staff and Clefs

The Staff which is also called the Stave consists of 5 horizontal lines and 4 spaces as you can see in the picture below. You will see this in music scores or manuscripts as it is acts as the "backbone" to notating music as it determines the pitch of the music!

Let's move on to the Grand Staff. As you can see from the picture below, there are two sets of staff with two different symbols and these symbols are what we call the Clefs in music terms. Let's talk about the two basic clefs, the Treble Clef and Bass Clef. Treble Clef represents the right hand while Bass Clef represents the left hand. This is mostly used for playing the piano as we need both hands to play and coordinate.

As mentioned in the previous post on Beginner Tips on How to Play The Piano Better, FACE and ACEG.. does that sounds familiar to you? Anyways, this is the most important and effective way to remembering SPACE notes on the staff. There are so many notes on the staff itself and it would be hard to memorise all of them. Therefore, this method came up.

For treble clef, we use FACE while bass clef we use ACEG (all cats eats goldfish or all cows eat grass). Note that this is only for the space notes! Now i am sure you are thinking.. how about the line notes?


Reading Music Notes in Steps

To put it in simple terms, there are only 7 letters in music, A B C D E F G. The cycle repeats itself throughout with this sequence C D E F G A B and then back to C again. So how does this links to line notes?

Let me give you an example. First, look at the note A on the Treble Clef. Now, lets move a step up and we are now at note B. Lets move another step up, note.. C. Still not sure how it works? Let me explain the link behind it.

Remember the sequence C D E F G A B and the FACE method? Now we put them together. Using the FACE method, I located note A on the Treble Clef, next using the sequence I know that moving a step up from A will be B! That is how reading music notes work!


I hope this isn't too much to remember or hard to understand and I do hope these simple steps helps you understand the theory of music better. It isn't as complicated as you think and once you get the basic knowledge behind music and how it actually works, you are good to go!

Remember, practising is very important so practise practise and practise with the correct method and knowledge in mind!

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