Now that we know how to read rhythms, how do we then read musical notes?
Notes are written on a staff:
The clef assigns names to the notes. In the following example, we show a staff with a treble clef. The treble clef is commonly used for high-pitched instruments like the flute and the violin. This clef assigns the note G to the second line. Note how the treble clef shape seems to curl around the second line. All notes written on that line are a G:
The note written on the space above G is an A. The one on the following line is a B. As you can see, the notes continue in order (A, B, C, D, E, F, and G), alternating lines and spaces:
Using ledger lines, we can write notes higher than the G and lower than the D:
To help the memorization of notes on the staff it is useful to memorize the names of the notes over the lines and spaces:
The notes over the spaces make the word FACE. The notes over the lines can be memorized using the following phrase: Every Good Boy Does Fine.
Practice note reading with our Clef Reading exercise.
Translated by Dan Román, revised by Sue Talley.