Hey welcome back again. We’re going to have a look at how to read music and reading music doesn’t have to be complicated and it’s definitely not essential for you to learn how to read music to play guitar or to play an instrument really but it does help if you understand a bit about music and how it is written and how to read it. So we’re actually
going to look at how to read music on the staff and it’s interesting see what you think.
So we have a thing called the musical staff and that’s where we have these five lines and we have some spaces in between those so they call those the lines and spaces. We’re going to look at the treble clef and the only reason it’s called a treble
clef is because that little circle in the middle where the treble clef starts is a G note. So that line or the second line from the bottom is actually a G note and that’s because we call the treble clef is also called a G clef which just means that it sits right on the line G. So as we’re playing our music we’ll actually play the G note on the guitar and play that on the music as well.
Let’s have a look at what the music looks like that we’re going to play. Keep it really simple we’re just going to play some crotchets to start with and crotchets are just what they call quarter notes or in the why we’ll use them because we’ll count them as one beat each so we’ll count one two three four and then we have some quavers in the second bar which will be one and two and three and that’s all we need to know about the timing of it. So it’s in 4/4 it uses two chords D minor and E minor which you can play over that so it’ll sound there’s our D minor, play a proper D minor. D minor and then an E minor and it’s a very simple little melody nothing complicated at all.
What we need to do is learn what the notes are on the guitar as well. So jump to the guitar we number the strings E is string number one so the thinnest string is one, the thicker string is string number six, so one two three four five six got all of that down. We also know that the notes on the guitar or the names of the strings are E A D G B and E. Knowing all of that we now know that if we want to play the D note that is our first note written on this music all we have to do is play the D string because that D note there, which is string number four matches the D note on our piece of music and that’s D.
Now because the notes go D E F all we need to do is learn where D is where E is which is on the second fret so there’s E and F is on the third fret still on the fourth string. So I’ve got D E and F so knowing what D E and F is on the guitar and what D E F looks like on our piece of music we can now play D E F and to count that we’ll count one two three four D E F and hold it for two beats so the F holds for two beats. So that’s D E F so there’s our first three notes nice and simple D E F.
To go to the second bar which is where the E minor sits so if you look underneath the E minor you’ll see there we have G G A G E because we know the names of our strings we’ve got D E F and this note is just above the F so we know that it is the open G string which is string number three and there’s G. So we have G G and we play two G’s then we put our finger on the second fret on the third string and that is an A note, so we have A. Again G G are the two open strings or the open string two notes on the third string then A then back to G and that’s the first part of the second bar so G G A G and then the very last note that we’re going to play is an E note which we already learned before. E note is the second fret on the fourth string. So it’s G G A G E. Let’s try and play the second bar first with our timing so it’ll be one and two and three and four and. So here we go three and four and one and two and three and four and. I’ll do that again three and four and one and two and three and four and. G G A G E we’re going to play all of this all the way through from D E F then G G A G E.
Let’s count it in three and four and one and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and. Let’s do it one more time three and four and one and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and. If I say it again for you with the notes this time and I will play it through twice this time here we go three and four and one and
two and three and four and one and two and three and with the notes D E F G G A G E and that’s all there is to it quite simple really isn’t it. So just matching the notes on the guitar, where those notes are so once you’ve learned D E F G A and then looking at your sheet music or your piece of music and you can see there the notes D E and F G G A G E you can see where they sit on the treble clef. Just to remind you the treble clef is a G clef and you’ll notice that the G note sits along that G line which is the second line from the bottom and that’s how we got that G note and we just work everything above and below that using our musical alphabet so we can just keep going down or we can keep going up following each letter of the alphabet with each line and each space.
Hopefully that’s been useful to you as a very basic introduction on how to read music for guitar.