If you want to become an expert Wind (Concert) Band musician, one of the best things you can do is learn how to read music sheets. Being able to read music allows you to understand the complexities of the music you are playing and makes it easier to sight-read new pieces. It also gives you a greater appreciation for the music you are playing. In this blog post, we will give you tips on becoming a musician expert by reading music sheets.
- Learning how to read music sheets can be daunting at first, but with practice, it will become second nature. Start by familiarizing yourself with the different clefs. The most common clefs are the treble based clef and bass clef. The treble of the clef is utilized for high-pitched based instruments like all the violins, flutes, and the piano. The bass clef is used for lower based pitched instruments such as the cello, trombone, and bassoon. There are also less common clefs, such as the alto clef and tenor clef, but we won’t be covering those in this blog post.
- Once you know which clef you need to use, take a look at the musical staff. This is the series of five lines and four spaces that the notes are written on. The spaces correspond to the notes F-A-C-E (starting from the bottom space), and the lines correspond to E-G-B-D-F (starting from the bottom line). These notes repeat, going up or down in pitch from octave to octave.
- Now that you know where the notes are located on the staff, it’s time to start reading some music! Look at a sheet of music and find a note that is on one of the lines or spaces. Determine which pitch class this note belongs to (is it an F? A? C?), then look at the stem coming off of the note head. If the stem is pointing up, this means that the note is one octave higher than if the stem were pointing down.
- Fourth, take a look at the note’s duration. This is indicated by the note head’s shape and the presence or absence of flags (small curved lines). A whole note is just a circle, while a quarter note is a circle with one flag. The number of flags corresponds to the number of notes that can fit into the duration of a whole note. For example, an eighth note is a circle with one flag because two of them can fit into the duration of a whole note, and a sixteenth note is a circle with two flags because four of them can fit into the duration of a whole note.
- Now that you know how to read basic notes on a sheet of music try practicing with more complex pieces. Pay attention to key signatures and time signatures so that you can better understand how long each note should be held and what tempo to play at. With practice, reading sheet music will become second nature, and you’ll be able to focus on becoming an expert musician!
Reading sheet music may seem daunting at first, but with practice, it will become second nature! Start by familiarizing yourself with musical notation, then practice reading simple pieces of sheet music. With time and practice, you’ll be able to focus on becoming an expert musician! Thanks for reading!