How to Read Music – Basics for Beginners – Music Theory Lesson

so how do you read sheet music well the first thing we have to do we are not to clear a few things first first thing to clear is what are these two things what are these two symbols what do they represent well the first one here this one is called the treble clef treble clef and this one here it's called the bass clef so what do these things represent well first off when you see these symbols you're going to see them in relation to it's going to look like something is these line structures and these are called staffs or States these are called staffs or staves staff just like that so what are these what are these things what what what do these things do and when you're looking at it you're going to kind of see like maybe some music that kind of looks like that well the beauty of these things are there these things this kind of concept is like a universal language of music in each line and each space represents I not to be played on the piano or any other instrument so for instance each in the treble clef the bottom line represents e the key to the note e the G for the second line third line fourth line fifth line these represent the lines these like if you see a note say right here that is telling you you're going to play E an e note and an easy way to remember remember these lines egbdf what and what they represent is by this little mnemonic every good boy deserves fudge every good boy deserves fudge and that's that's an easy way to kind of remember what these lines are representing what are these spaces represent on the treble on the treble clef they represent and the first space represents F and second a third C in fourth e and so that's that's a pretty and it's a pretty easy and pretty easy thing to remember all yet to remember is kind of a just a face it's all you have to member for that way so um so if you see like this note here in the space that means you're going to play an F or the for the base clef is a little different for the staff the base clef it's a little different slightly different the lines represent the first line represents G then B D F a and the spaces represent acdg so again if you see a note you're you're just playing what these are representing an easy way to remember the lines for on the face is the civilly monarchy green birds don't fly away so I'm going to just draw a little picture here be a pretty bad one so just think about this if you see a little green bird just saying green birds don't fly away so that hopefully that will help you with these lines here and that's one there's probably it's probably another probably way to memorize this but really just remember ace maybe like Guittard ace and G ace G and I find that that helps quite a bit so considering there's so many keys on a piano you've got you got sharps and you've got flats and you've got all this stuff where did they come in where we're not even seeing these here I'm not even seeing a g-sharp like it's it like kind of in-between like a G and an A like is it kind of like right here well no when you see you see the beginning of a staff you might see something like that like a notation like that well that's telling you that every G in this staff is going to be shirt so instead of playing a G gonna play a G sharp here if you see a note kind of in this space you see a note in this space you're going to you're going to say Oh hg o to G and then oh this is it's showing a sharp notation so I guess I'm going to play a G sharp instead so and then other times you might see see maybe some kind of notation like this before a note that means well I know hg ii space is a ce o– this notation come before that means I'm gonna have to play it C flat right so C flat is B of course but that's that's really what there's going to be certain notations like that that are gonna that are going to kind of guide you and then tell you okay this is that and I'm going to play a sharp instead of just a natural note and no and of course before I shouldn't forget the natural note so safe say if this is a sharp at the beginning I'm supposed to play so it's safe it's the A's are sharp at the beginning of the staff I get to this note here it says a sharp and then I keep going I keep reading across the music and I see this this notation here this notation represents unnatural so if if the note comes after that notation like that that means I'm not just playing a natural in in contrast to before where I played an a sharp so all we have to do is just keep that in mind but this doesn't really tell you exactly which F for which a sharp to play so what what are these things what are what's the main purpose of a treble and a bass clef and really my treble clef is your right hand bass clef is your left hand but more importantly than that where these things split word where it differentiates between a treble clef and cleff and that that time little that little split is at middle see the all-important middle see if you don't know what that is that is the fourth see up the piano so if you discounted from each see see see see fourth see okay that's middle C and now you can kind of get your bearings where where you're supposed to play these now so if you see this note here you know okay every good boy deserves fudge II it's going to be the first above middle C see it's pretty it's pretty simple and pretty ingenious we're going to go to the piano now and we're going to I'm going to actually show you some examples so here's my little example for you guys and we're at the piano here so the first thing we're going to do is we're going to find middle C so we go all the way down to the bottom of the piano 1 C 2 C 3 C's and 4 so we get to the 4th C so we know that here's middle C now we know where we're at so if we look here the first thing we want to look at are the two staffs here if are there any note there that are there any notations yes there are here's a sharp and another sharp so what are these representing well again using the mnemonic I taught you guys every good boy deserves so these are sharp in the treble you look down here green birds don't so these are sharp in both staffs now so if you look here first note I'm going to get you guys to play here is an e right and it's since we're in the treble clef it's the e above middle C and I've got you guys playing two notes together and again this is a D sharp here so I get young guys I'm getting you guys to play an E and a D sharp with both your hands since I'm using my one hand to record I can't do it so that's supposed to be playing those two notes together the next thing we're going to do here we're going to see okay what's this representing well here's an F right here and here's an E so this must be a D so we know since all that all the T's are sharp that's a D sharp with a right hand since it's in the treble clef I'm so d sharp so the D sharp above middle C and what's this line here let me see that kind of added a line here so if you do this green birds don't fly away okay so what's this though what is this note if you can you can use your other your other mnemonics I taught you right we've got to don't fly away so this is an F a so we can use the face mnemonic F AC this is C which C is it remember guys remember what I said before middle C kind of separates these so this line here is actually representing the middle C so you actually want to play these two notes together again with both both hands instead of just why I'm just playing with one hand but you guys would play it with both hands and the last little example here I've got you guys playing this the line below the treble clef and this one down here so what is this representing in the treble clef all again here's an e but what what would this be you guessed it that's a C and let's see would that be that would be middle C of course so it kind of looks like they're not really the same note but they are these two are the same but play with a different hand so the line above the trip of the line above the bass clef is to see the line below the treble clef is middle C – so we know what this is we know we're going to be playing but we'll see in the right hand and now what's this note here again using your mnemonic device ace G you know that's an A and you know that it's going to be the second a below middle C because we know this one here is an A as well right green birds don't fly away so you know that's a first a below middle C so this must be the second a below middle C so we kind of find we kind of find here's the first a below middle C here's the second a and then you play C with that a and since I I can't do it you guys will have to so I hope that helped you guys

44 thoughts on “How to Read Music – Basics for Beginners – Music Theory Lesson”

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  2. The first sharp at the beginning of the staff should always be an F#. Please review key signature in music theory.

  3. I use "The Shape of the Sharp Keys" + "The Rule of 7" in combination with music dice:

  4. sir it is really very helpfull…thank you and upload more helpfull videos like this…love from India…

  5. I just love piano 🎹 now you can see it in my eyes it looks so fun to watch your video games you can see and it doesn’t seem to watch your phone πŸ“² is a good app to watch your video or see what it says you can watch and it keeps crashing it is not working so it won’t be fixed or it is not even the piano 🎹 it seems like the music 🎢 it feels so great πŸ˜„ I loved the film I see the most interesting thing to watch piano 🎹 I have been to this place for years and it is so good 😊 I loved the song that you gave the penπŸ–Šbooks πŸ“š

  6. this is very helpful! I really appreciate it coming from someone who loves music and playing instruments and has no clue how to read note at all. I literally own a piano and a guitar and have no clue how to play them properly

  7. "Hey! I'll teach you how to drive a car "(goes into the wrong gear, and reverses into the wall). ".Oops! I meant choose first gear…oh, and the treble clef is centred on the 2nd staff up (G); not the third (B)".

    Come on! I play guitar and bass, and I can't read music very well, but I know that – BASIC stuff!

  8. "Well, since I can't do it…" Well, since you can't do it, why did I waste my time watching your pathetic effort to do something you can't do. Learn music man… Not notes, but entire sheet music!!!!

  9. Honestly, only video that actually helps is this one. All the other videos either talk fast or are completely useless to beginners.

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