It’s not as hard as it looks. Learning how to read
piano notes is about learning a pattern – as many
things are in music. First, if you’re not sure about which notes are
which on the piano keyboard, read piano
Notes are named after letters. There’s a “musical alphabet” that’s quite a bit shorter than the English one. It starts at A and ends at G. Then it repeats. For example: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A, B, etc.
Now, I’m going to give you all of the notes on all the lines and spaces. After you go through them, I’ll recommend some exercises to help you practice them. It’s easier to learn them in little groups in order to remember them and play them quickly.
Music is written on lines and spaces – this is called the staff. When going up through the musical alphabet (like A, B, C, D), you alternate
line – space – line – space. For example: A = line, B = space, C = line, D = space. This is for the notes that are right next to each other on the piano keyboard.
To learn where the notes are on the staff just by looking, you can learn some sayings. This is the easiest way to begin to read piano notes. Let’s start with the treble clef.
Spaces – Treble Clef
The letters for the spaces on the treble clef form a word: FACE. F is the lowest space on the treble clef, and E is the highest.
The letters on the lines from
lowest to highest are E G B D F. The saying that I use to remember this
order is: “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.” Feel free
to make up one that you like.
Spaces - Bass Clef
Now for the bass clef. The sayings I use to remember the lines and spaces for the bass clef have to do with animals. For the spaces I use the saying, “All Cows Eat Grass.”
For the lines in the bass
clef, I use the saying, “Great Big Ducks Fly Away.”
I also recommend taking an online course to help you transfer all this knowledge into playing. That way you can go bit by bit and really absorb it. Playing songs makes learning to read piano notes more fun. Hope you enjoyed learning how to read piano notes!