As a beginner you will need to start to learn how to read piano music. When you first look at a sheet of music it can look very complicated, but it is basically a method of showing what notes need to be played and how they should be played.
The first step in learning how to read piano music is learning the names of the notes. There are basically 7 note names you have to remember, which are named after the first 7 letter of the alphabet, A, B, C, D, E, F and G. These seven note names are repeated along the length of the piano keyboard to name each of the white keys.
The black keys are in groups of 2 or 3 keys. A simple way to identify the names of the white keys is to remember that the white key immediately before any group of 2 black keys is named C. A very important key to identify on the keyboard is the Middle C key.
Sheet music is written on a Grand Staff, the top part of which is the Treble Clef (Played with the Right Hand) then there is a big gap, then the bottom part which is the Bass Clef (Played with the Left Hand).
When you look at Treble and Bass Clefs the seven notes sit on the lines and spaces, called a music staff. These two staffs or staves are the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef. The notes from the upper portion of the piano keyboard sit on the Treble Clef, and the lower portion of the keyboard sit on the Bass Clef.
If you look at the image to the left you will see that the names of the notes A to G have been listed on or between the lines. While this is very useful, the names are not listed in this way on normal sheet music. Some simple things to help you remember the names of the notes when you read piano music are:-
1. Middle C is shown on a separate little line below the Treble Clef.
2. The spaces on the Treble Clef are the note names F, A, C, and E that is easy to remember as it spells FACE.
3. The five lines on the Treble Clef are for note names E, G, B, D and F which can be remembered by the simple saying “Every Good Boy Does Fine”.
4. The bottom of the 5 lines in the Bass Clef is for note G with the other lines above being B, D, F, and A, which your can remember as “Good Boys Do Fine Always”.
5. The spaces in the Bass Clef are A, C, E, G and B which you can remember as “All Cows Eat Grass Bananas”!