How to Read Piano Notes
Understanding how to read sheet music can transform you from a decent piano player into a master of the instrument. When you understand the notes written on a musical sheet, you not only learn how to play a variety of popular tunes, but also master the ability to better express yourself, a quality often found in some of the most renowned maestros of piano.
However, reading piano notes can be unnerving for many novice piano players. Many give up their passion for piano because they simply can’t bear the pressure that comes with being able to read piano notes fluently.
We would like to change your perception of this. Learning piano notes can be fairly easy if you have the right instructor mentoring you in your daily lessons. All you require are a few comprehensive tips that make the prospect of reading piano notes manifold easier.
Being privy to the below-mentioned tips will not only build your confidence but also better prepare you before you enroll in a piano class in Singapore.
So without much further ado, let’s get started.
Tips to Read Piano Notes Fluently
1 – Label White Spaces for the Treble Clef
Start by paying close attention to the treble clef first. Treble clef denotes the staff that shows which keys to play with your right hand. On your paper, label the white spaces with ‘FACE’, starting with the below and ending with the one going up. Do the same with remaining the white space with letters ‘EGBDF’, again start from below and end with the one going up.
Remember these letters thoroughly, so you can easily recollect the lines and spaces in a note with the alphabet you assigned them.
2 – Write down the Note Letter Name
Write down the letter name to remember the notes of a piece of music you want to play. If there is a note you are having a tough time remembering, then writing a letter below the note will help you better remember them. We advise you to use a pencil to assign letters so you can erase them a letter after your initial practice is over.
3 – Memorize
Take your time memorizing all the letters you have assigned to treble clef (notes for the right-hand side). Once you are sure of having mastered the treble clef, we can now move on to the bass clef.
4 – Label White Spaces for the Bass Clef
As you are done with the labeling of the treble clef, you now move to the bass clef, which pertains to the notes on your left-hand side. Name the spaces ACEGB, with A starting from the bottom and B ending at the top. Name the next lines on bass clef with GBDFA, with G, starting from the bottom and A ending at the top. Now transfer your notes onto the piano and try memorizing them to be ready for play.
5 – Label the Fingers on Your Hand
To make the process even more comprehensive, you can try labeling your fingers with numbers 1-5, starting from the thumb on both your left and right hand respectively. You can begin by choosing an easy piano song like ‘Jingle Bells’ or ‘Hot Cross Buns’ as they use only 1-5 or C-G.
Proceed to put both your thumbs on the note, and align your hand in such a manner that both your index fingers end on 5 (G) and 5 (f) respectively. Practice this for a while, and sing along as you play the music.
The Bottom Line
Practicing the above tips diligently is a surefire way to learn your piano notes effectively. Of course, you can opt for Easylore’s Piano Class in Singapore to not only master piano, but also learn how to read a piano note in order to play any tune you desire.
Easylore is home to some of the most reputed piano instructors in Singapore and offers comprehensive programs designed for students at all levels of expertise. You can contact us today to know more about how you too can benefit from our robust online courses.