Did you know that a survey conducted by The Gallup Organization found that 85 percent of those surveyed regretted not learning how to play an instrument?
If you don’t want to be part of the group of people that live with that regret and are considering learning an instrument–hats off to you!
Maybe you’ve been considering learning how to play the violin. One of the most important things you can do in your pursuit of musical greatest is to learn to read sheet music.
Keep reading to learn more about how to read violin sheet music.
Let’s Start with the Basics
Before getting too ahead of ourselves lets begin with the basics.
Music is written on a grid called a staff, that is made up of five lines and four spaces.
Each line and space stands for a specific note ranging from A through G.
When you look at the music sheet you always read it from left to right.
Before the musical notes on the left-hand side there’s always a clef symbol to let you know the names of the notes on that specific staff.
When playing the violin you will only have the treble clef to deal with, so you will only look at the notes in the treble clef.
You will want to learn the notes first. The notes are a round circle on a line or in a space on the staff. The notes on the lines from bottom to top are E, G, B, D, and F.
The notes in the spaces are F, A, C, and E listed from bottom to top.
Notes that are below the staff are marked with a round circle and a horizontal line going through the middle of the note.
Notes that are above the staff are marked the same way.
Keep an eye out for flats or sharps indications. If you see a b (flat) or # (sharp) symbol next to a note this means the note will be played as flat or sharp.
For example, an F# will be played as an F sharp.
Keep in mind sometimes the symbol might be next to the treble clef instead of next to the note.
Sheet music from jamesguthrie.com is a great place to start for a student that’s learning how to read music.
Next, you will need to learn which notes correspond to open strings. An open string is when the string isn’t pressed with a finger when it’s played.
The violin has four open string notes including, G, D, A, and E and on the sheet music, the notes are marked with a 0.
Happy Violin Sheet Music Reading!
As you can see learning how to read violin sheet music doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
You can have fun in the process of learning.
While you can learn to play without reading sheet music and playing by ear, learning how to read music will open a new world to you as an artist.
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