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Learn how to read music - The easy way
We know that reading music can be tricky. With this fun game, you will learn how to read music easily. This game works on mobile devices and is perfect if you want to read music fast. Here you will use a piano, but it is the same principle for any instrument.
You don't have to know anything about music to play this game, but it is best if you learn some basic theory. Read below to learn everything about musical notes and the music staff.
Reading music with the game
The game uses a virtual piano so you can play the notes on the staff. You can play any of these 4 games:
- Treble or G Clef game.
- Bass or F Clef game.
- C Clef game.
- Grand Staff game.
How does the game work?
- Each oval (whole note) on the staff represents a note on the online piano. Play each note before they reach the vertical line.
- The first notes are highlighted. Memorize and play each one of them. Throughout the level, the only notes that are used, are the ones highlighted at the beginning.
- The following notes that are not highlighted, are random.
- With each new note, the ovals (whole notes) move faster.
- If the notes on the staff reach the vertical line before you play them, the game ends.
In the first levels you will learn the lines on the staff. Then you will learn the spaces. The advanced levels use lines, spaces and accidentals (sharps and flats).
Saving your score
Thousands of people have played this awesome game, can you take first place? Play daily and you will be among the best musicians.
This game saves your score if you login with your Facebook account. The score is independant for each game (each clef uses a different score).
The musical notes
If you already know the basics of the musical notes, go ahead and play now. If you don't know the basics, you can learn the musical notes on the piano with our free music theory lessons.
The musical notes are:
Each of these notes can be played using the white keys on a piano. The note A is the white key before the last black key in the group of three black keys.
The white key after A is B, then C, and then D... You get the idea.
To name the black keys we use accidentals:
- Sharps: #
- Flats: b
Sharp is the note closer to the right. Flat is the note closer to the left. A# is the black key after A. Ab is the black key before A.
You can learn everything about the musical notes with this video.
The staff and the musical clefs
The staff consists of 5 basic lines. In a staff, the notes appear on the lines and also on the spaces between the lines. Every line and space represent a different musical note.
A clef is a symbol at the beginning of the staff. It allows us to know which musical notes are represented on each line and space of the staff.
Using the treble clef or G clef, the musical notes of the 5 lines from the bottom up are:
Using the bass clef or F clef, the musical notes of the 5 lines from the bottom up are:
Using the C clef on the third line, the notes of the 5 lines from the bottom up are:
The Grand Staff will be the greatest challenge of this game because it uses the treble and bass clefs at the same time.
Solving possible problems
The following list might help you if you run into problems:
- On mobile devices, Facebook uses its own browser which does not support the technology to play this game. If you came here from a Facebook link, please copy it and use another browser like Chrome or Safari.
- Every time you play a note on the virtual piano, you should hear the sound of the musical note. If you don't hear anything please be sure to check the volume of your device.
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