How to Read Sheet Music


How to Read Sheet Music. By a twelve-year-old— [beep] By someone not qualified to talk about sheet music. Let’s start with the staff. This is a staff. This symbol at the beginning tells you which clef to play. There are two main clefs: the low one and the high one. There are also some more obscure clefs that you’ll never be told about. The two main clefs, treble and bass, are connected by a middle note we call C. You’ll find that a lot of music stuff is based around C, except tuning; that’s based around A. Unless you play in a band and it’s based on the note right above A. That is, assuming you play an instrument that calls notes what they actually are. Instruments that call notes what they actually are include these, while instruments that don’t call notes what they actually are include these. Notes are found on the lines and spaces of the staff. They all sound different. You can put them together to sound nice. [Dissonant notes play] This is a whole note. Sometimes it gets four beats, sometimes it doesn’t. This is a half note, it gets half the length of the whole note. A quarter note gets half the length of that, while an eighth note gets half the length of that. This pattern continues on for a bit, so you can make notes as short as you please. For example, the two-hundred-and-fifty-sixth note, or demisemihemidemisemiquaver. You’ll find that information very useful. Now that you know the notes and rhythms, it’s time to move on to the important stuff and figure out what all these symbols mean. So let’s just go through them. This reminds you when to breathe… in case you forget to breathe. Stop playing, contemplate, and continue playing. This is easy. This is not. Counting to five has never been more difficult. You were never informed of this. Meh. Be soft. Softer. Don’t even bother. Meh. Be loud. Louder. Don’t even bother. Play loud, and then don’t. Play loud… …and then don’t. If you’re reading this, it’s already too late. So you go back when… no, wait… dooloolooloolooloolooloolooloolooloolooloo This is only fun when playing trombone. …and is also the only fun thing about playing trombone. You should probably stop staring at the paper. Like a solo, but everyone gets credit. You’re unimportant. You’re… very unimportant. At least you’re playing. You thought it was over. Someone’s playing the wrong note. Just… stop. [Dissonant keysmash over and over again]

100 Replies to “How to Read Sheet Music”

  1. I'm starting to learn some music theory stuff and this video just keeps getting better. Thank you for the quality time I get each time I watch it.

  2. Hahaha yea ha this is so relatable am I right fellow music sheet readers??
    was recommended this despite not knowing how to read sheet music

  3. As a person whoโ€™s taking keyboard 1 in high school… I find that this helps me a lot… now I know when to breathe

  4. Hilariously, even though it's been forever (like fifth grade music class forever) since I last seriously looked at sheet music, I can tell you that at least half of these are not wrong.

    Especially the long rests. Oh my god if you ever have a rest that long… oof. (For those who may be curious, I once played trumpet. I was…. okay.)

  5. ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต

  6. *Double lines at the end of a piece*

    Me, in my mind, playing violin at seven years old all those years ago: โ€YoU tHoUGhT iT wAs OvEr…โ€

  7. I actually learned a lot
    Thanks for this video, my dream for becoming a Singer will come true

    Edit: Send help Pls!!!
    They sued me for Bleeding their ears. Help!!!

  8. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

  9. 0:14 As a violist I get offended by TwoSet Violin, and now Iโ€™m stumbling across this video, and still being shamed here? Not even 30 seconds into the video and the violas are attacked, what a bruh moment

  10. I AM SO MAD THAT THE BASE CLEFTโ€™S DOTS ARE ON THE LINES INSTEAD ON THE SPACES AROUND THE F LINE, BUT IT SOMEHOW MAKES IT EVEN MORE FUNNY.

  11. Me: Reading Thumbnail.

    Me after reading thumbnail: This must be very good and is a lie.

    Me after watching video: I was correct

  12. ๐ŸŽต This is E ๐ŸŽต
    ๐ŸŽต E ๐ŸŽต
    ๐ŸŽตAnd it lives in the forth space ๐ŸŽต
    ๐ŸŽต notes in the space spells face ๐ŸŽต
    Anyone know what I'm singing

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