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When one first start to read music sheets, it might be quite a challenge. However, with the help of a teacher or a useful guidebook along with some practice, most individuals tend to pick up the basics within just a couple of weeks. By having the ability to read music sheets, it introduces one to a whole new world of compositions, in which one will be able to learn and practice.

Music notes tend to be represented by filled-in or empty oval marks, which is also known as heads. They can come with or without other marks (stems, which are straight lines, and hooks, which come off of stems) on a set of horizontal lines known as a staff that starts on a specific note, which must be memorised based on the clef or symbol at the front of the staff. Different styles of notes represent different lengths. For example, a hollow head without a stem is a whole note, which is also the longest type. As for an eighth note, it is represented by a filled-in head with a stem and a hook.

Every note is arranged from left to right in chronological order and also from high to low based on how high or low on the instrument it is. Do take note that those notes placed along the same vertical line are supposed to be played together. In order to add structure and regularity, notes are divided into measures or bars. These are noted via vertical lines through the staff. Each bar has to be played in the same length of time. In other words, a few long notes or numerous short notes might actually fit into any given bar. Regardless, they always have to add up to the same total.

The two numbers situated next to the clef at the start of the music represent the time signature. A time signature indicates the number of what length of note are to be played per bar. A good example would be the rather common 4/4 time signature that displays four quarter notes are to be played per bar. There are also special symbols specifically for pauses in play. These are known as “rests” and they are are written into bars. They are to be read just like any other note.

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