Cheat sheet for learning to read notes

Posted by: Artur Gajewski

Cheat sheet for learning to read notes - 01/19/13 04:19 AM

For those who struggle with learning basics of sight reading, I have created a cheat sheet with notes and their names. All C notes are colored red for easier recognition.

Print it out, laminate it if you wish and use it on your music rest nezt to sheet music. In no time, you'll notice you don't need it anymore wink

http://www.arturgajewski.com/piano/Notes.pdf
Posted by: ju5t1n-h

Re: Cheat sheet for learning to read notes - 01/19/13 11:23 AM

whats the 'h' for?
Posted by: Basia C.

Re: Cheat sheet for learning to read notes - 01/19/13 11:31 AM

In some countries we didn't/don't use "b" as a label for that note, but used to call it "h". It's changing, but a few years ago the note was called "h" in Sweden, Germany and a few other countries.
Posted by: ju5t1n-h

Re: Cheat sheet for learning to read notes - 01/19/13 11:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Basia C.
In some countries we didn't/don't use "b" as a label for that note, but used to call it "h". It's changing, but a few years ago the note was called "h" in Sweden, Germany and a few other countries.


thanks, learn something new each day laugh guess i've now accomplished today already!
Posted by: Artur Gajewski

Re: Cheat sheet for learning to read notes - 01/19/13 01:06 PM

Yes, in few countries B is actually H and Bb is B.
Posted by: neildradford

Re: Cheat sheet for learning to read notes - 01/19/13 01:47 PM

That's interesting about the B H thing, and thanks for sharing the sheet.

Neil.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Cheat sheet for learning to read notes - 01/19/13 02:01 PM

Hi, Artur.
Interestiung. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: packa

Re: Cheat sheet for learning to read notes - 01/20/13 11:40 AM

The use of H and B as note names in Germany gave Bach the idea of creating a 4-note motif from the letters of his family surname. The B-A-C-H motif (Bb-A-C-B in English notation) is rather famous and has appeared in a number of works. According to The Oxford Companion to Music:

"[T]hese notes were used as a musical motif by Bach himself in The Art of Fugue. Many composers have adopted it, principally for fugal compositions and notably in the 19th century after the Bach Revival. Among those who used it are J. C. Bach, Schumann (Six Fugues op. 60), Liszt, Rimsky-Korsakov, Reger, Busoni (Fantasia contrappuntistica), Karg-Elert, Casella, Schoenberg, Webern, Dessau, Pärt, and Louis Andriessen."
Posted by: Artur Gajewski

Re: Cheat sheet for learning to read notes - 01/28/13 03:41 AM

Modified the cheet sheat a little so that all C notes are marked in red and Middle C is colored blue. Also added explanation about the H note.

Thanks dmd for the tip wink