Kitchieboy's Music Tutor
Learning to Read Music
(But Not Enough to Hurt Your Playing)

How to keep track of which line or space is which letter note? It's a bit like learning the alphabet - with fewer letters.

Like learning that an up arrow ^ with a line through it is an "A",
or two up arrows run together ^^ are an "M".

It helps to do this with different parts of your brain engaged. Print the previous page; get a pencil and write in the letters for the lines and spaces. Say them out loud. Find those notes on your instrument and play them. Sing them.

And, for the tried and true memorization aid, try a Note Speller. Almost any music store sells them; and piano teachers use them to teach this very thing.

The following picture has a note-letter guide, followed by a few note speller lines to get you started. You fill in the note letters on the blank lines below the staff, and you get a word, or a saying. Print it and do it in pencil. Try making up some of your own, and write them out. (The sharps # and flats b will come later.)

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Kitchieboy's Music Tutor - Learning to Read Music
(But Not Enough to Hurt Your Playing)
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