Read Music By Interval on Any Musical Instrument

Read Music By Interval on Any Musical Instrument

No need to languish over memorizing note names on the music staff.  You are about to learn to read music by interval on any musical instrument.   .



Music Intervals of 2nd and 3rd

Reading music intervals of 2nd and 3rd is simple to learn.   The second, also called a 2nd is the smallest distance between 2 notes.

The third, 3rd on the music staff is the next largest interval.  Watch the music interval piano video tutorial below and you will see it clearly.

 

Grand Staff Music Intervals

Grand staff music intervals represent different distances between notes on the piano keyboard, guitar, violin or whatever musical instrument you are learning to play.

Music Intervals on the Music Staff

Music intervals on the music staff are shown in the graphic below.  It is called a 2nd because it is moving from one line note to the very next space note on the music staff.

This music interval of a 2nd would be played by simply moving from one white key to the next on the piano keyboard.

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 Learning the Intervals of a 2nd and 3rd

As you begin learning the intervals of a 2nd and 3rd you start to see a pattern repeating itself.   The musical interval of a 2nd described in the above paragraph is the most common building block of any piece of music on any musical instrument because it is the shortest distance possible between two notes on the music staff.

Music Interval of a Third

The music interval of a third appears as either two space notes or two line notes.  Find them above or below each other on the music staff.

Thirds are much easier to instantly recognize because they either 2 lines OR 2 space notes.

Please view the piano video tutorial below for a complete demonstration of the intervals of a 2nd and a 3rd.

 

Learn to Read Music By Interval

For easy piano sheet music using intervals of 2nds, 3rds and 4ths that practice learning to read music by interval check out the following links:

Free Sheet Music Using Thirds

Music Intervals 2nds and 3rds on the Grand Staff

Music Note Value Table Review

 

Music Theory Worksheet How To Read Music By Interval

Music Theory Worksheet How To Read Music By Interval

Be sure to print out this music theory worksheet how to read music by interval.  Reading music by interval is a valuable skill that will last for a lifetime.  Learning to read music is much like learning to read and understand a new foreign language. The process is done by learning to recognize the distances from one note to the next note.



You will see in the example below that the music interval of a 3rd consists of two space notes.  If you allow each line note and each space note to serve as a rung on a ladder then the interval of a 3rd is easily understood.  The bottom space note is “1”, the line note in between the two space notes counts as “2” and the top space note counts as “3”.  Applying this same principal to the 4th, 5th, 6th and so on is the foundation for reading music intervals.

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Music Intervals

The most basic and important music intervals to learn first are the 2nd and 3rd.  The 2nd consists of one line note moving to the very next space note with no notes in between them.  The 2nd could also consist of one space note moving to the very next line note with no note in between them.  These intervals are illustrated on this music theory worksheet in pdf format.

Music Theory Worksheet on How To Read Music – Print This Out

Grand Staff Music Intervals

To study music intervals of 2nds and 3rd on the piano keyboard in greater detail please go to Grand Staff Intervals of 2nds and 3rds.

More sheet music on music intervals and full video tutorial can be found at More About Music Intervals.

 

Grand Staff Interval Piece Piano Sheet Music

Grand Staff Interval Piece Piano Sheet Music

How do I play a piano grand staff interval piece piano sheet music with treble and bass clefs combined?

1.  Watch the video below for a complete demonstration of the piano interval which can be applied to any other instrument.

2. Realize that when you LEARN TO  READ MUSIC, it is actually all about being able to recognize INTERVALS or distances between notes on the staff.

3. Click on the link below to access the Grand Staff Intervals sheet music for the piece demonstrated in the video.

What are Music Intervals? 

A music interval is the distance between two notes on the music staff.  This distance between two notes is the basis of how you learn to read music on any instrument whether it is piano, guitar, flute violin or voice.

The first music interval to learn is the interval of a second or 2nd.  This is also referred to as a Step on the music staff.  Look at the example of a 2nd to see that the first note is on a line and the second note is on a space.

Piano Grand Staff Interval Piece of Sheet Music

The next most important music interval to learn is the interval of a third or 3rd. The example to the right shows that the interval of a third includes two line notes that are right above one another.

When you look at the harmonic intervals (far right example) of a 2nd and a 3rd you will notice that there are two notes on one stem. This means that those two notes are played at the same time as a two note chord.

After you have mastered the two basic music intervals of a second and a third you are now ready to branch out even further to learn about fourths, fifths, sixths, sevenths and finally, octaves.  Octaves are formed by playing, for example, middle C and going up to Treble C or 8 notes apart.

Piano Grand Staff Interval Piece of Sheet Music

Music Intervals on the Piano Keyboard

Music intervals on the piano or keyboard

Music intervals on the piano or keyboard are the map to reading music. Look at the keyboard music example below.   Please focus on the two notes just above the “3rd”.




You can see that by moving from one SPACE note to the very next SPACE on the music staff  equals the distance of a 3rd and involves 3 consecutive notes on the piano or keyboard.  The bottom space note is F and the top space note is A.  The line in between F and A represents G.

Even though the G does not have a note on it, it still stands for G and therefore there are 3 notes inclusively between F and A.  That is why this music  interval is called a major third or 3rd. Find a complete music note value table review here.

Major Second or 2nd

 

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Next look at the music interval illustration at the top of the page and focus on the 2nd (also referred in music theory to a major second).  The bottom note of this music interval is a space note and the top note is a line note.

Any time you see this same relationship between two notes on the grand staff you will be looking at the music interval of a major second or 2nd.  Moving from one LINE  note the the very next SPACE moving either upward or downward on the music staff equals the distance of a 2nd and involves 2 consecutive notes on the piano or keyboard.

 

HOW TO READ MUSIC

First of all, master the art of learning how to read music by intervals. Be less dependent upon what note letter you are playing and begin to truly READ MUSIC!  Notice the addition music intervals of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8ve (octave) in the above music interval picture.  We will be learning more about these larger music intervals later in the Free Piano Lessons Guide.

NOW PLEASE VIEW THE VIDEO TUTORIAL ON MUSIC INTERVALS ON THE MUSIC STAFF: