Reading Music Lesson #10: Treble Clef Line Notes

reading music lesson 10An easier way to remember music notes is to memorize the treble clef line notes.

In order to do this, we need to use a mnemonic device.

This is a trick we can use to help us recall a long series of letters or note names very quickly.

Treble Clef Line Notes

Here are the 5 line notes on the treble clef:

treble clef line notes

Do you remember how we always start at the bottom of the music staff and work our way up?

We’re going to put that into use right now.

If you start with the bottom line “E” and move up the staff, we can use a few different sayings to help us remember the letter names of each line note in the order they appear. [Read more...]

Reading Music #9: Treble Clef Staff Notes

reading music lesson 9Now that you know where “G” is on the treble clef staff, it’s time to learn the rest of the notes.

How are we going to do this?

By using the music alphabet.

Going Up

When you move up the staff, you go through the music alphabet in order of letter names.


You can do this starting on any pitch.

treble clef staff notes

Going Down

When you move down the staff, you go backwards through the alphabet. [Read more...]

Reading Music Lesson #8: The Treble Clef

reading music lesson 8The treble clef is one of our most common clef signs to read.

It is also called the G Clef.

Why is that?

Because the belly or spiral of the clef sign wraps around the second line of the music staff.

treble clef

The purpose of this is to show us that any note placed on the second line will always be the letter name “G”.

The treble clef is used for higher pitches including those upper sounding instruments and voices. [Read more...]

Reading Music Lesson #7: Clef Signs

reading music lesson 7Clef signs are the symbols that you see at the very beginning of a music staff.

They help us organize the staff so that music notes can be read with ease.

The purpose is to tell the reader where each note (and letter name) will go.

In other words, a clef sign tells us what lines and spaces of the staff will represent each note.

There are 3 common clef signs:

  1. Treble Clef
  2. Bass Clef
  3. C Clefs

Within the C Clefs, there are 3 different types:

  1. Soprano Clef
  2. Tenor Clef
  3. Alto Clef [Read more...]

Reading Music Lesson #6: The Music Alphabet

reading music lesson 6The music alphabet is not too different from the American English alphabet.

The best part is that it only uses the first 7 letters.

music alphabetWhen those seven letters are done, it restarts all over again.

We begin with “A” and move in order of the alphabet and stop at “G”.  That’s it!

That’s all of the letters we use to name notes.

Once you hit G, you restart back over with “A”.

music alphabet lettersAround and around we go cycling through the alphabet over and over again. [Read more...]

Reading Music Lesson #5: Space Notes

reading music lesson 5As you’ve probably already guessed, space notes are any type of music note without a line running through it.

They fit in between two lines of the music staff.

Can you see how these notes do not cross over a line?

space notes

Space notes fit within the spaces of a staff.

They are just nestled in there all warm and cozy…

The next thing we’re going to do is learn what the names of these notes are.

Before we do that, we need to have a lesson on the music alphabet.

Reading Music Lesson #4: Line Notes

reading music lesson 4Do you remember those music notes that are placed on lines?

They are called line notes.

You can see how a line of the music staff runs right through the middle of the note.

line notes

It’s almost as though the line is splitting the note in half.

Line notes are basically any type of music note with a line running through it.

Every single line of the staff can hold a note.

Now that you know we call these line notes, it’s time to talk about space notes next.

Reading Music Lesson #3: Pitch

reading music lesson 3The musical sounds that you hear when a music note is played is called pitch.

Pitch is relative.  When we compare the pitch of one note to another note, we can hear if it is higher or lower in sound.

The location of the note on the staff determines how high or low it will be in pitch when you read it.

The higher the note is written on the music staff, the higher the pitch will sound.

higher pitch [Read more...]

Reading Music Lesson #2: Music Notes

reading music lesson 2Music notes are the round or oval-shaped symbols that you find on the music staff.

They are placed on the lines or in the spaces.

music notes

You will notice that notes can move any direction on the staff.

music notes

They can move up, down, or appear again in the same space or line.

music notes [Read more...]

Reading Music Lesson #1: The Music Staff

Reading Music Lesson 1The music staff is nothing but horizontal lines that run parallel to each other.

music staff

There are total of 5 lines with 4 spaces in between.

music staff lines

We number the lines and spaces starting at the bottom moving up towards the top.

music staff spaces [Read more...]

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