Discover #1 Secret of Reading Music

 Discover #1 secret of reading music on any musical instrument is learn to read music intervals or distances between notes.  

Once you learn the easy basics of recognizing a 2nd and a 3rd intervals you are reading music.


Take the time to absorb this VERY important building block of music theory and you will progress faster than by using any other music reading method.

Discover #1 Secret of Reading Music

Discover #1 secret of reading music now.  The music staff acts as a grid for music notes and when the notes are going upward on the staff they are moving to the right or top of your piano keyboard.

The same is true for music notes moving downward on the staff and toward the left or bottom of your instrument.

Learn to Read Music Intervals

Learn to read music intervals or distances between notes is the #1 secret of reading music on the music staff. These are the music intervals of a second (2nd) and a third (3rd). Music Intervals on Piano Keyboard

As explained in the above video, a 2nd is measured as the very next note on the piano, keyboard, guitar or any other musical instrument. This can be a 2nd either above or below any given note.

For example, in the music interval chart below the given note is C, a 2nd (second) above C is D. A 2nd below C is the note B. Another example is a given note of F with a 2nd above F being the note G and a 2nd below F is the note E.

Discover the 1 Secret of Reading Music

Using the interval of a 3rd now you would simply skip one note from any given note moving either in an upward or downward direction.

For example, a 3rd (third) above C is E and a 3rd below C is A.
Also a 3rd above F is A and a third below F is D.

Music Theory Worksheet on 2nd and 3rd

Music Intervals of 2nd and 3rd Music Theory Worksheet.  The other secret to reading music is to print out this worksheet and view the musical interval examples on the page.  Use this as a guideline when reading your first easy piano piece.

How Do I Read Music on Piano Keyboard?

The next and final step in learning to read music is to apply this new knowledge to the music staff.  For a complete video tutorial and free sheet music on reading Grand Staff Intervals go here.

More How to Read Music Links

Music Staff Line and Space Notes

Jan Durrant

Jan Durrant is a Piano teacher and music publisher with a Master's Degree in Music Education. Her goal is teaching beginner piano students around the world to learn how to read music, play piano, piano finger exercises and simplified sheet music of their favorite titles.