Piano Music Notes
a table of activities to settle into on the weekend, starting with
the most attractive activity and ending with the least attractive:
Going to the beach.
Watching any sort of screen: big, small, flat of otherwise.
Eating a lot of junk.
Practicing naming notes.
Mowing the lawn and painting the house.
Getting rid of big hornet’s nests.
Starting a repair job that you know you won’t be able to
Going on a water-cleansing diet.
note naming didn’t do badly at all. It made the top five,
which is good enough… let’s get started! Consider the
following two bullet points:
A, B, C, D, E, F, G
Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti
first bullet point illustrates the most common way of labelling
notes. The second bullet point can be interpreted in two different
ways. In a fixed-doh system, do (another way of
spelling of doh) always is the note C, re is always
a D and so on. The other system involves a moveable do, whereby
do is the first note of whichever key a composition happens
to be in.
The system that is most common involves the use of the letters (the
first bullet point). So much of the repertoire of the past and present
uses this system, and it is a huge advantage to be fluent in identifying
notes as letters in any clef.
most common clefs in use are the treble, bass and alto clef. Other
clefs include the tenor, soprano and percussion clefs, the latter
of which can vary between a one and five line staff, depending on
what is being notated.
a composer, it is imperative to know the treble and bass clef, especially
if you are using the piano to compose and check over compositions.
Here is are two charts that review some of the note names. Below
the charts is a keyboard
that you can cross-reference the notes with.
One more quick
note (no pun intended): a sharp (#) raises a note by a semitone
and a flat (b) lowers it by a semitone. Usually, sharps and flats
are black notes, but they don't have to be (for example, Fb is actually
E). Natural signs cancel accidentals (sharps and flats not contained
in a key signature), as do barlines.
Two of the best ways to familiarize yourself with notes are to:
write them down on manuscript
• play them on the piano while saying them aloud.
that offer a review of notes and piano tutoring include:
for small kids: Leap
1 Music: Mother Goose Songbook
for beginner pianists of all ages: The
Music at the Piano: Learning Strategies for Adult Students
ultimate resource book. Click
here for Ready, Set, Compose!