The Musical Staff

The Musical Staff & Various Clefs Reading between the lines We begin learning to read sheet music by breaking down the various attributes and notation used. I’ll explain each symbol’s function and common use individually with illustrated images. Let’s start […]

The Clefs

The Musical Staff & Various Clefs Reading between the lines We begin learning to read sheet music by breaking down the various attributes and notation used. I’ll explain each symbol’s function and common use individually. Let’s start by referring to […]

Key Signature

Determining the Key The key signature is placed after the time signature indicating the key or pitch range of the scaling system for the appropriate instrument with a series of sharp or flat signs. Depending upon the key, the signature […]

Notes

Identifying Notes and Rests To play or not to play After learning the symbols to starting a new composition, we continue with the symbols that make up the actual music, notes and rests. The notes are placed on the lines […]

Rests

Rests Symbols of Silence Like notes, rests are placed on the lines and spaces of the staff. Depending upon the symbol used, rests tell the performer when not to play and how long to remain silent. Also like notes, while […]

Ornamentation

Embellishment of Tones Add one dose of sweetener and stir gently. Embellishments are the musical symbols instructing the performer to embellish or add to the actual written notes and instruction. Through embellishment, the performer can add more style to the […]