Piano sheet music has been around since the birth of the piano. It is the diary of the process of the composer. All of the heart and soul of piece lies within the notation of the sheet music.
Sheet music can be used to record or to create a musical score. Musicians often use it to analyze details in music that aren’t always heard with the naked ear. Sight reading would not be possible if without the miracle of piano sheet music.
The ability to read sheet music is a form of literacy. Musical notation is much like reading a foreign language. Each not and beat is another word and punctuation to add to the sentence also known as a musical phrase.
A piano reduction is a type of piano sheet music. It is a transcription for the piano of a score that was intended for many instruments, as in a symphony. These kinds of arrangements are made for a piano solo or a piano duet.
How Do You Read Sheet Music?
Sight reading for sheet music can take a little time to master. This is a skill in and of itself that gets easier with time and practice. The raising and lowering of the notes on the staves causes the eyes to bounce up and down across the sheet.
A common strategy when reading sheet music is to break the score into chunks or movements. This would be like reading a long sentence an breaking it into smaller parts to make it easier to remember.
When sight reading the focus is on instantly playing the notes as you see them. This is most challenging task for new musicians who are used to playing by ear. The timing and refixation of the eyes from instrument to sheet music does improve over time.
The Nuts and Bolts
The parts that go into making sheet music can be confusing at first, but become clear once you understand their purpose. The five line staff is used to create the basis for the notation. The placement of the notes on the staff dictates the pitch of the music.
The staff starts of with the clef which looks like a fancy letter “g” that is flipped backwards. The clef lets you know the range of the pitches that will be played throughout the piece.
The key signature identifies what key the music was written in. The key signature can also lets the reader know which notes will be flat or sharp in the piece.
The time signature follows the key signature. Music gains its character from the time signature. Measures or “bars” break the music into smaller chunks called beats which are dictated by the time signature.
Piano sheet music is read from left to right just like a standard book. Now that you know the basic structure of sheet music you can search at your local music shop and find some that you want to perform.