Reading Music Notes: Some Valuable Exercises

Reading Music - Some Valuable Exercises

It’s time to get busy.

If you’re reading this page, then you should already be familiar with the basics of both reading notes and understanding rhythms. These exercises are here to give you a little extra practice reading music. Good luck!

Reading Music in the Key of C

The key of C is the set of notes in music that involves only the white keys on the piano–no sharps, no flats.

Working in the key of C will keep things simple–for now.

For these exercises, your mission is to identify the notes. Say them out loud as you move through each passage of music.

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Learn to Read Music Notation Exercise One
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Learn to Read Music Notation Exercise Two
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Learn to Read Music Notation Exercise Three

Working with Accidentals

Okay, that’s enough of the key of C.

With the following exercises, every note is fair game–all the sharps, all the flats and any natural note.

The purpose of these exercises is to get you to start recognizing the names of the notes that you’re seeing on the staff.

If you haven’t yet learned how to read the key signature and apply it to a written musical passage, then you’ll want to review key signatures in How to Read Key Signatures.

Good luck!

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Learning to Read Music in the Key of D
5.
Reading Music in the Key of F
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Reading Music in the Key of A