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Reading Music Notation: PART 2

 

- In this lesson, we'll explore even more of the staff, find some more notes, and look at sharps and flats.  If you haven't visited the first Notation Lesson, then please review it first.  Okay, let's get started! -

 

 

 

  We already know that music is written on a staff made up of lines and spaces, but what about notes written above or below the staff lines?  

 

DIAGRAM 1

 

    You can imagine that the very bottom "C", otherwise known as "Middle C" (reference to the piano) has a line drawn through it.  Look carefully at the diagram above and you will see that the notes are name in order C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and so on.  Think Line, Space, Line, Space, Line, Space, Line, Space, etc.

  Now, fill in the blanks below the diagram with the note names.  The answers are at the bottom of the page.

 

DIAGRAM 2

 

Now that you've got that figured out, we'll play a little music!

LISTEN TO IT!

 

         C  D  E   C   G   C   G   C  D  E  A    G  E  D   A  D  G  Cmaj

e||--------------|---------------|-----------------------|----------0---||
B||--------------|---------------|-----------------------|----------1---||
G||--------------|---------------|----------2----0-------|----------0---||
D||---------0--2-|---------------|----0--2----------2--0-|-2--0-----2---||
A||------3-------|-3-------3-----|-3---------------------|----------3---||
E||--------------|-----3-------3-|-----------------------|-------3------||


  Practice that until you can smoothly play it.  There are some worksheets for you to download from Sheet Music online:

 

Page 1    Page 2    Page 3    Page 4

Feel free to email me your answers, and I'll grade them for you.


  Answers to Diagram 2

D  F  F  A  C  A  E  G  G  C  A  F  E  C  D  F

  Don't forget to send me your answers, and the next notation lessons will involve the bass cleff!  If you have anything that you'd like to share, send them to meSend this lesson to friend.

 

 

 

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