How To Read Piano Notes
The piano is the most known musical instrument all over the world. It requires high interest and skill to learn the piano notes.
Hello, my name is Matthew Forbes from The Music Workshop Company. I am going to take you through how to tune some instruments, how to play them basically and also how to read the notated music form. Here is how to relate the music in front of you to the piano keyboard itself.
Piano music is generally written in two lines, one for the right hand, one for the left hand. We will do one at a time, the right hand first, it's the high notes, so these treble clef which is the rather squiggly and decorative clef at the beginning of the music family. Middle C, best reference point on the piano, it is actually written below the lowest line of the five and is given an extra line, a letter line to show that it is in a specific place lower down.
The first, the bottom line of the five line state is actually the note E and that is my third one up there, just follow this scale up. Here you will see me using just the white notes for now so it is C, D, E, F, G, A, B and C again and carry on up a scale to the top there. As you will see the notes move space wise so they form a line to the space above to the next line to the next space above.
So the very small movements on the I, but that is the representation of the changes of the notes. The black notes on the piano are the sharps and the flats, so we have here skip fort, we have the F which is the lower space. The F sharp using the cross # sharp sign puts me up a semi-time to the next black note.
It's a F sharp, so the G is there and G sharp is there. The names of the notes on the treble staff, this we call it the five lines. The bottom line is E, the next line is G, the next line B, the next line D and the next line F.
There are various cross text to remember, my favorite being, Elephants go bonkers during February. That is the silliest and the most memorable. The spaces between them, so the space between the bottom line and the next line up is F, the next space is A, the next space is C and the next space is E spelling a word face, again easy to remember, that is the treble clef.
For the left hand, we use the bass clef so that it is a lot easier to read. We start again with middle C but this time in the bass clef, middle C is actually represented by the note above the top line, given an extra line the ledger line again and we come down in the same way stepwise from line to space to line C. We are going down so B, A, G, F, E, D, C, started, that's very competitive.
Also we start the outfit again as it were C, B, A, G, F, E, D, C. The same rules apply for the sharps and the flats where you have a note such as F and beneath the note above it, that's the F sharp, G sharp from the G and the flats too on the way down. That's the note B, semitone low will be the B flat, to the A, to the A Flat, to the G, to the G flat and so on.
Remembering also the E to the F is on your semitone, so there is no black note between those, neither is there between the B and the C. .