Learning music theory without learning to read music notation is like learning English literature without reading the English language. Lots of musicians are scared of written music because it looks complicated at first glance. However, if you take it in baby steps and put the pieces together, you'll be reading music like a champ in no time.
Here are some aspects of written music to look at first:
The staff is the set of lines on which we write notes. It is the basic medium we write music on, like the canvas of a painter. Learn more about this simple but fundamental element of Learning to read music.
Clefs are the strange little symbols at the beginning of each staff. They provide information such as which instrument might be playing, what range of notes is being used, and how to read the staff.
Note values are the duration of a note or how long it lasts in terms of number of beats. Some notes last for several beats (half note) and some last for only a fraction of one beat (sixteenth note). Learning and using these is like learning to count in music.
At the beginning of pieces of music we find the Time Signatures. This tells us the meter. Meter is the rhythmic form or structure to a song. The form is repeated in every measure so you could say that each measure is one cycle of the meter.
Key signatures tell us the tonality or "key" of a song. It also tells us which notes the song will be using. The more you work with these, the more familiar you get with the range and scale of particular keys.
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