Being able to read sheet music is a skill that all musicians should learn over time. By doing so, you’ll be able to pick up instruments more quickly, learn how to play all your favorite songs, and more. Reading sheet music is a lot like reading a book, but it requires that you know how to read the different symbols, among other things. If you’re eager to get started, you’re in the right place!

  1. Know the Symbols

The first step in getting started is to make sure you know the different symbols that will appear in sheet music. These symbols represent the pitch, speed, and rhythm of the song, so it’s incredibly important that you know this. 

The different symbols in sheet music include the staff, the treble clef, the bass clef, and notes, just to name a few. 

  1. Learn the Beat 

To start playing the song, you first need to know the meter. This is also known as the time signature and looks very similar to a fraction when you are reading it on the sheet music. The top number is used to tell you how many beats to a measure. The bottom number is there to tell you the note value for a single beat. 

When learning the beat, you must also familiarize yourself with the tempo, which is also known as the beats per minute. Your tempo is important because it’s what lets you know how fast or slow to play. 

  1. The Melody

To play a melody, you will first need to learn about scales, which are the eight notes. As you move to the right side of your keyboard, the notes tend to get higher. Scales are named after their tonic, or the preeminent note within the scale. The tonic is what determines what key to play in. 

  1. Use a Guide

Learning how to read sheet music won’t happen overnight, but using a guide while you learn will certainly make things easier. Simply visit a music store where you can find a variety of helpful books on how to learn to read sheet music.