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So, you just started learning to play the piano and you'd like to learn how to read piano music notes? Great that you arrived to this point in our beginning piano lessons.

In this piano lesson we will be using the names of the piano keys which we've learned about during the previous piano lesson.

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How to Find Piano Notes on the Staff

The staff is made out of spaces and lines and this is how
we can tell which note we're supposed to play.

We use the staff in order to tell the name of a note. Here it is. Look at it. The staff has five lines and four spaces.

I disinguish in the image between notes on the line and notes between the lines (on the spaces).

We can write piano notes on the lines and between the lines. That's how we can tell the piano note names.

There a G letter in the belly of the treble tlef to indicate why it was forme that way.

Since the piano has such a wide range of notes we need to use different clefs on the staff in order to define which area of the piano we're going to be playing with.

The treble clef for example is usually responsible for all the piano keys above middle C (which is the higher area/ register of the piano). It has a belly. The Belly looks like letter G with a little bit of imagination.

This image show wher the G note is located on the  treble staff and on the keyboard A cartoon of a confused man trying to read piano notes without success.

The treble clef is located on the second line which indicates that the G Key above middle C should be played.

As you can see the G note is located on the second line. If we go one step lower toward the first line we will get the F note which is located between the first and the second line.
If we continue going like that we can actually name all the other notes.

An script of the note on the trable staff going down from G to C. An image of a C note on the treble staff (With the ledger line).

Look at the C note. This note indicates that middle C should be played. Basically we're out of lines so what we need to do is add an extra line under the five lines of the staff.

What I'm saying is that besides the five lines of the staff there are more lines but they are imaginay lines. We won't draw them fully because it will make notes reading pretty hard to do. Instead we will imagine these lines and only add a little line to the note just like in the image above.

So here are the notes in an ascending order, starting from middle C to G.

A script that show the notes on the staff starting from middle until G in comparison with their location on the keyboard.

An image of me welcoming you to the piano note lesson.

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Here's an easy way to locate the notes quickly.
The piano notes between the lines make the word "FACE".
The letters that belong to the notes which are located on the lines create the initials for: " Every Good Boy Deservers Fudge".

A nice way to remember the notes on the lines (E,G,B,D,F=Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge) and note between the lines = FACE)

O.k., so now we know how to read notes on the treble clef. By now we can already choose some nice repertoire that will inspire us.

You can start playing your first little pieces with the ones I offer here for free. Enjoy and let me know if you have some problems!

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Name PDF sheet music Audio file Video File
Merrily we roll along Download Play
By the silvr'y moonlight Downlaod Play
Lightly row Download Play
From the new world Download Play
Rain, rain Download Play
London bridge Download Play
Love me tender Download Play
Jingle bells Download Play
Bure by Bach Download Play
When the saints go marching in Download Play

An Image of me (David) showing satisfaction about our progress...

Before I'll teach you to read notes in the lower register I'd like to show you how to draw the treble clef in the next piano lesson.

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