Standard Notation

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Standard notation is the form music is typically written. It can be a daunting task to learn, but with focus and consistency you’ll look back on the endeavor as a piece of cake. You don’t need to know how to play an instrument in order to read standard notation (sheet music). However, if you would ever like to play what you are reading you will need to know two things. The first, you will need to learn to read standard notation. The second is you will need to be familiar with the notes on your instrument and which notes line up with ones on the staff. There are different symbols called Clefs that pre-determine the range of the notes, and this is dependent upon which instrument you are going to play with. For example, flutes, clarinets, trumpets, electric and acoustic guitars all use the treble clef. Bass guitars, trombones, and baritones use bass clef. Some instruments use both clefs like the piano. There is also another clef out there for stringed instruments like the violin, viola, and cello. This clef is moveable and consists of the tenor, and alto positions. There is a lot of information on this subject so I may go into deeper detail with separate posts in the future. For now, if you are interested in learning more sooner then follow this link and don’t forget to check back on this blog in the future: http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2014/04/11/how-to-read-sheet-music/

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