How to Read Music

Learning how to read music will open a whole new world of possibilities for you!

Imagine all the piano sheets and books you could devour…!

Is It Hard to Learn How to Read Music?

How to Read Music

Not really. Reading musical notation is actually very logic and relatively easy to understand.

Does it need a lot of work?

Of course it needs work! And being able to sight read as you play, might take years of practice.

But learning to read music enough to be able to learn and play new pieces is not as hard as you might think. Just start with really easy pieces.

Read on and click on the links to take you to lessons on how to begin to read notes, improving your note reading as well as how to practice sight reading.

Free Music Reading Lessons

How to Read Notes – The Basics

Learn how to read notes! Musical notes are the symbols we use to write down sound with. A note shows how high or low the sound (pitch) is and how long or short the note is. 

How To Read Music Notes

Learn the difference between melody and rhythm and how to understand these elements of music, in this lesson for beginners. How to read music notes.

Printable Key Notes and Chord Finder

To help you when you start learning to read notes this free printable Piano Key Notes and Chord Finder is a handy little tool for beginner pianists! Just print, fold and place behind the keys of your piano, matching it where indicated with “middle-C”.

Learn to Read Music

Start learning today to read music for the absolute beginner! With these two free piano lessons you will quickly be able to play piano and read notes:

Reading Piano Notes Faster and Easier

For the intermediate player: Here is a method to learn the notes of a piece quickly and easily.

By understanding musical patterns and how to do a piano score mapping, you will feel much more confident learning the piece. 

Learn to Read Piano Music Fluently

The skill of how to read music fluently is important to master as you are studying a piece. But there are tricks to how to read easier!

Notes should be read as patterns.

Each pattern represents a certain hand or arm movement. Make sure to prioritize what you learn in the best order too! 


Improve Your Sight Reading

Sight reading music or playing “a prima vista” means to be able to read as you play "at first sight".

When you learn how to read music you are not necessarily learning how to sight read. "A prima vista" is a skill that needs special practice.

Here are some tips and tools: how to improve your sight reading!

Bullet Proof Your Music Sight Reading

Part 1: Mental Preparation

Part 2: Physical Preparation

Piano Keyboard Diagram

When you are learning note reading it can be useful to have a keyboard diagram with the layout of the keys handy. Here is some more explanation about the keys, the note names and how to understand accidentals(Sharps and flats).

Play Piano and Read Music

Here are some tips on how to better play piano and read music at the same time. Learn how not to look at your hands while reading music, since this is the best way to learn to read and play fluently: How to Play Piano and Read Music at the Same Time!


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