Each person who takes up the piano should think about a piano sheet, as it aides in preparing the ear and upgrading a man’s capacity.
Sheet music is the score or notation of the song that is to be played on the piano. Theoretically, sheet music can be rolled out for music of any kind, be it piano music or even vocal music. Music sheets are symbolically written with 5 lines and divisions that are known as the staffs and stave.
What is Sheet Music
As a person who has just taken up the piano, learning to read a piano sheet is a necessity. The staff and stave music is something in a different language, with the help of which you shall be able to write and read music along with several in-depth signatures that are mentioned. The following are some elementary music notations that will help you to read music scores.
- Clefs: Clef is a symbol that signifies the octaves in which the musical notation is played. There are two primary clefs that are used, namely, the bass clef and the treble clef. A third clef is used in difficult and complicated compositions. Such a clef lies in between the bass and treble clef.
- Timing Signature: The time signature is written just before the clef and signifies the tempo and timing in which the music is being played. A 4 by 4 for example is a time signature where the beat is in fours and goes 1-2-3-4-…1-2-3-4….
Thus, similar combinations of tempos are also written down.
- Note: Now we come to the most important part, which is reading the notes. A single note is always a dark black dot on the staff and stave. The note that is written just below the lowest fifth line is ‘C’. The one that touches the fifth line is ‘D’ and the one that lies above the first line is ‘E’. The subsequent notations follow. The remaining notations follow and are written in the same manner.
- Rests: The last part of basic sheet music is the rests that are seen in many compositions. Rests are silent notes or rather ghost notes. Such notations are basically written in order to define proper pauses within the notations. Rests are extremely important and tend to define the resonance of ever scale.
Though these signatures and symbols are elementary, it is necessary to master them first before moving on to complex signatures. The best exercise to master reading piano sheet music symbols is to start playing simple nursery rhymes on the piano. After playing the nursery rhymes, you can slowly graduate to some simple folk songs. Playing simple songs will also help you realize the different elements of music such as texture, melody, tempo, etc.
Tips and Tricks
Reading the symbolic language is a difficult task and you will have to put in a good amount of effort in doing that. After all, it’s a totally new language that you will be learning. The following are some tricks of the trade.
- Practice the art of simultaneously reading and playing the sheet music.
- Try to master the art of playing with both hands, which will help you master playing multiple octaves at the same time.
- Apart from following the sheet music, start writing some simple scores yourself, with different combinations of the C major scales at an elementary stage. This will help you grasp the concept quickly.
Playing some sheet music such as ‘Wedding March’, ‘Nutcracker’, ‘Waltz of Flowers’, ‘Blue Danube’ or ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ will definitely be pleasing and joyful. One must remember though, that learning to read and write sheet music is not an easy task and patience and fun in learning are two important aspects of learning music scores.