Teaching yourself to play piano is a very rewarding experience. Not only because you learn to play your favourite songs on the piano but you also learn how to read music yiruma piano, opening the door to other forms of music and the chance to learn other instruments. Here I hope to display a very basic lesson in music but I truly hope that it helps demystify music and the piano.
Once you learn the formation of scales and chords plus the general ground rules of music you will find that this new knowledge can be transferred to other instruments. For instance, once you know where Middle C is on the piano and where the Middle C is on your music sheet, you can find it on a guitar and from there you can work out all the other notes.
First of all then, where is the Middle C? I must assume that everybody has seen sheet music from an early age. On any music sheet you will see five lines across the sheet with a squiggly symbol on the left hand side. Below these lines you will see another set of five lines with a not so squiggly symbol on the left hand side.
For the moment we will call the top symbol a Treble clef and the lower symbol we will call the Bass clef (pronounced base) as in Bass Guitar. These symbols are important as you will see later on in your music tuition but for now we will concentrate on the two sets of five lines and the spaces between.
The two sets of five lines together with their respective symbols collectively are called a Stave. A little bit of history here; at some time in the distant past these two sets of five lines, the Stave, where as one. That is to say they were joined by another line, making a total of eleven lines. In Western music, over time and interference from certain quarters these lines separated to two sets of five lines that we see now, and the line that joined them in the centre disappeared.
This bit may confuse you a little but believe me it is important; the note that this disappearing middle line represented still exists very much, but we have to write it in when we need it, also the two notes in the spaces either side of this line. And guess what note this line represents? Yes you guessed it, and it is the Middle C.
So when you see a note below the top five lines or above the lower five lines with a little single horizontal line through it, this is Middle C. I believe that the reason for separating these two sets of lines was that the treble sometimes runs into the bass and the bass sometimes runs into the treble. So it would be virtually unreadable if they were to be merged, therefore the treble and the bass use the space between to borrow notes from each other. You may have to read that explanation again to grasp it.
All western music is denoted by the first seven letters of the English alphabet, A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. If you draw yourself the two sets of five lines with a wide space between, or better still if you have some empty sheet music, write in the middle C, like a squashed ball with a small horizontal line through it and place it in the centre of the space between the two sets of five lines. Now we can write the letter C next to it so that we know that is the middle C. Next we are going to write in all the other notes in a diagonal line from the bottom to the top, starting from this Middle C.
Looking at the seven notes in our set of seven and knowing the alphabet we can write in the next note above Middle C which is D. The next note will be on the bottom line of our treble set of five lines and that will be E. The next note will be in the space above the line E and that will represent F, next line up G, next space up A, next line up B and so on to the top line which you will find is F.
Now that the treble notes are on our sheet we can go in reverse from Middle C and place the letter B in the space below it. Next we can start on the bass lines, place an A on the top line of the bass then a G on the next space down and an F on the next line down and so on until you reach the bottom line of the bass which will be G. You should now be able to read all the notes from the bottom bass line G to the top of the treble lines represented by F. You will see that each letter is used three times over. This is your very basic notation in Western music.
My name is Ken Aindow and I too am a Budding Piano Player. I have always wanted to play music, but never realised just how easy it was to learn. From the article above you will now know how easy it is for you to teach yourself to play music. If you wish to follow up on this type of easy lessons please feel free to visit my website – Teach Yourself To Play Music for more free lessons and advice on where to go next.