By: Allison Spurgeon
Learning how to read piano sheet music involves studying the notes and clefs that comprises a piece of music. The sheet music is also referred to as the score. It will indicate whether you need to play in a treble clef or high tone or if the piece is written for deeper or lower tones, referred to as the bass clef. You then need to discern which notes are which, and where and why they appear in the sequence that they do.
The musical notes are rendered individually on what is called a stave, the five parallel lines on which the notes appear. Reading the notes on the lines or in the spaces between the lines, will indicate to the pianist exactly how the music G Clefshould be played. In the case of a symphonic score, for instance, separate parts of the musical score will detail each GOOGLE ADSENSE section’s musical notes simultaneously to aid the conductor in leading an entire orchestra.
The time signature is also an important aspect of reading piano sheet music. This notation specifies at what tempo the music should be played. This is usually represented as vertically-placed bar lines, which point to when and where the piece starts and stops. On the time signature there are numbers that indicate how many beats per measure. By learning to read piano music, you will be able to discern the time signature, and how it serves as the foundation for the rhythm of any music piece you are playing.
Lastly, understanding and playing a piano score requires a familiarity with the key signature. This notation indicates in what key the piece should be played. They portray a series of sharp or flat symbols placed on the staff. Key signatures are notational devices and not the notes themselves. They are usually rendered immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation, though they sometimes appear following a double bar line. Their value is in eliminating the need for sharp or flat symbols at every appearance of certain notes. The notations on the key signature indicate what part or parts of a song need to be emphasized or not.
Diatonic scale on C alto clef Understanding the musical notes is sometimes compared to being able to read another language. It could take some time, depending on your application and abilities. But for those who do learn to read piano music, you will not have to hear a melody before you play it. You will develop a clear understanding of the musical score presented to you and have a higher regard for the music.