Piano Notes

4 Tips for Reading Piano Notes

Plunking on the keys to generate sounds is diametrically different from producing soothing music out of the piano. Many people misconceive this percussion instrument as a member of the string family. Not all who try to learn the instrument succeed at it by creating impressive pieces of music. To read a piano is equal to being committed to fighting for your country. Although both aren’t the same, you need to have focus and passion just as how every fighter does.

Creating magic out of those keys to weave a harmony between the pitch and rhythm is the crucial element of learning piano. If you want to go deeper into the subject, you need to have a basic understanding of how the instrument works. Once you are well-informed about the rhythm and pitch of the piano notes, you become qualified to start with the endeavour. Here are a few tips you can follow while reading piano notes.

1.      Label the Piano Notes

What is considered as the key to learning the notes is labeling the treble and bass clefs. Remembering the place of each note becomes easier when you use mnemonic devices while labeling the spaces and the lines. Label the spaces of the treble clef as “F-A-C-E“ from bottom to top. Similarly, for the lines, label “E-G-B-D-F” from the top of the treble clef. You must train your eyes to read the notes eventually, but in the first stages, you can label the notes in the treble clef. For the bass clef, label the spaces as “A-C-E-G-B” and the lines as  “G-B-D-F-A”.

Label the Piano Notes

2.      Label Your Fingers

When you aren’t comfortable using the mnemonic devices, labeling fingers is the ideal way of reading notes. It could also help in augmenting the note-labeling practice; start it from your thumb and label them one through five. By tracing your hand on a paper, you can label it easily without having to write on your fingers. The number one in the list will be Middle-C, the key that occupies the centre space of the treble clef. You will then need to mark the numbers by your fingers to either side of the middle C.

3.      Flip the Music

Polyphony is the kind of music where two or more lines of music are played as independent melodies, and the same goes on in the piano too. When you flip the music clockwise, you are less likely to be confounded by the creation of different melodies with your left and right hands. All chord units present in the bass and treble clefs can be identified when you flip your music, and it will result in a more convenient session where the music can be read vertically.

Flip the Music

4.      Sight-Read a Piece of Music

You can understand the note pitches and rhythm easily when you sight-read the music. Start out by practicing time signatures, and then, switch to learn the key signature. Scales in the piece backward and forward also have to practiced, followed by tapping of the rhythm with a metronome. Singing the piece before playing the keys will help you gain a better understanding of it.

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