By reading this page, you are going to learn to read music easily and quickly. And it’s free!
Music Note? Staff? Clef?
Confused about music notes? You don’t know what is a staff or a music clef? Try our two minutes fun interactive mini tutorial, Staff and Treble Clef (it opens in a new tab):
Or just keep reading this page and check the two annotated images about G and F clefs below.
What Clef do You Need to Learn to Read the Sheet Music of Your Musical Instrument?
The G clef, called Treble Clef, is used with sheet music for piano (right hand), guitar, violin, flute, oboe, clarinets, saxophones, horn, trumpet… For the singers, the Treble clef is used with the following voices: tenor, contralto, alto, mezzo-soprano, soprano.
The F clef, called Bass clef, is used on sheet music for piano (left hand), cello, double bass, bass guitar, bassoon, trombone, tuba, timpani… Baritone and bass voice use the Bass clef too.
How do You Want to Name the Music Notes: A B C D E F G or DO RE MI FA SOL LA SI?
Mainly used in Anglo Saxon countries (and so in jazz), the alphabetical musical notation uses the letters of the alphabet: A B C D E F G.
The Syllabic musical notation – DO RE MI FA SOL LA SI – is used by Italian, Portuguese, Greek, French, Russian, Flemish, Romanian, Spanish, Hebrew and Turkish people.
A = LA
B = SI
C = DO
D = RE,
E = MI
F = FA
G = SOL
If you want to learn more (you don’t need it to learn to read music notes), follow name of music notes.
Learn to Read Music with YouTube Videos
Watch Your First Video to Learn to Read your First Two Notes!
The videos are playing the sound of the music notes to read while displaying the name of each note at the exact moment when the note is played.
This way, you can check if you’re reading correctly the notes you want to learn !
If you want to learn to read music with A B C D E F G (alphabetical notation), watch the first video below (G and C)…
…but if you want to learn to read music with DO RE MI FA SOL LA SI (syllabic notation) watch this one below (SOL and DO)
Each video has always an a and b musical reading :
- with the musical reading a, the new music note – here the C / DO – is in color to help you to recognize it :
- with the musical reading b, the same new music note – so, here, always the C / DO – is displayed normally in black and you must read it without the help of color :
When you can read easily the musical reading 2b (meaning, reading the notes without the help of color) you’re ready to learn to read a new music note !
Learn to read 3 Music Notes!
Launch the video below to name the new note E (alphabetical notation)…
… or launch this one to name it MI (syllabic notation)
When you can read the 3 music notes easily without the help of color, it’s time to add a 4th note to read!
Learn to read 4 Music Notes!
Choose between the two following videos to name the new music note to read D or RE
If you don’t like to learn with videos, read below.
Choose your Favorite Way to Learn to Read Music
– I just want to keep learning to read music this way
Choose your clef and notation below. Or you can use the menu Music Reading.
Treble (G) Clef
Treble Clef: Alphabetical notation A B C D E F G (16 videos)
Bass (F) Clef
Bass Clef: Alphabetical notation A B C D E F G (audio only, videos coming soon)
Bass Clef: Syllabic notation Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Si (audio only, videos coming soon)
– I want learn to read music with a game
Try the game Read Music Notes HN. You can learn to read music both in Treble Clef and Bass Clef, both with A B C and DO RE MI.
– I want something with even more fun
Sure! Try our video game Sheet Music Treble Clef and Bass Clef HN with tons of options!
– I want more choice for the speed of each musical reading
You find the musical readings too slow or too fast? Have a look at Read Music Notes Sing’n Learn HN. The program offers a choice of 5 different speeds: Largo, Adagio, Andante, Moderato, Allegro.
More Games to Learn to Read Music the Fun Way
Music Notes in Space HN
Play It By Ear HN
Say good bye to boring old musical dictation and music lessons: ear training has just become fun with Play It By Ear HN !