how to Read Trumpet Sheet Music

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How To Read Trumpet Sheet Music
Figuring out how to read music is a very critical skill to have. But it is additionally a different skill from actually playing the trumpet. Why should we handle them as one and the same! As a section within our ‘Beginner’s Guide To Learning The Trumpet’, we hope to provide the tools and knowledge to read music far better.
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Musical Notation - what's it all about?

So how does someone from Singapore write down something, and someone in the united states can understand it? It’s simply because they follow the rules of reading and writing in the English language. Published written music notation is exactly the same thing. If you’re in Miami or Melbourne, so long as you can decipher the symbols on the page, it is possible to play the music.

But when was it developed? Well, really early examples have been found on natural stone tablets as long ago as 2000 B.C. Though the modern-day variety we read now was actually made by Catholic Monks to make church music all over the world a standard format!

How To Read Trumpet Sheet Music

How Crucial Is Learning To Read Music?

Let’s be totally honest. Finding out how to read music is a hard thing to do.

If you’re looking to perform pop/rock music, it’s not so crucial that you discover how to read music. Nevertheless, if you do, you’ll find life much easier in the future.

It is possible to absolutely go down this path if you choose. Just be aware that like riding a bicycle, reading music is really a skill you always remember – and the positives massively exceed the negatives.

How Should You Discover How To Read Music?

When you learnt to read and write, did you handle them as the exact same process? Of course not. Controlling your hand actions by using a pen, mastering the shapes of characters, finding out how letters join together are all a radically different skill from using your eyes to determine what a combination of characters spells.

Reading music, and the process of learning to make it happen is exactly the same.

The process of playing the trumpet is a totally different skill from the process of reading the music that is positioned in front of you. Yes, there exists an interconnection. But it’s not precisely the same. So any teacher who is not splitting out those two tasks, and teaching them through different strategies, should really be fired!

Understand The Fundamentals Of Music Notation

The Treble Clef Staff

For the trumpet, staff notation is actually organized around something called the treble staff. This contains a stave (the term for the lines) of 5 lines and 4 spaces. It is usually marked with a treble clef (the squiggly thing at the start of the line)!

Middle C lies in the gap at the very bottom of the stave, upon an imaginary line.

Notes can sit on a line or in a space. The vertical placement (height) of the note defines the pitch. The higher up the stave, the higher the pitch. In the event, the note has to move higher or below the stave lines, we add mini lines for each note that is higher or lower. Those lines are called ledger lines.

Treble Clef Staff

The notes

So that we don’t need to count up from middle C to find our note, we are able to make use of a technique – and it’s as simple as remembering the word FACE…
FACE

The five lines of the treble staff are EGBDF. The acronyms that happen to be popular are usually “Every Good Boy Does Fine” or “Every Girl Boss Does Fine.” We personally believe they are pretty rubbish, and it’s far more entertaining to make up your own!

EGBDF
And simply for an overall view, this is actually the entire Treble Clef Staff, with all notes…
Treble Clef Staff

How To Tell The Length Of The Notes

When reading music, we all read from left to right. And now we recognize what placement on the stave makes what note, we must have another instruction from the printed symbol. We will need to discover how long to hold the note for.

The design of the note informs you the length of time to play it.

  • A whole note (or if you are in the UK, it’s called a Semibreve) is an empty circle and lasts four counts.
  • A half note (or if you are in the UK, it’s called a Minim) adds a stem and lasts two counts.
  • A quarter note (or if you are in the UK, it’s called a Crotchet) fills in the circle and lasts one count.
Note length

How To Read Trumpet sheet Music - Summary

Was it as challenging as you imagined?

You have the details, now go and practice what you’ve acquired! What’s that old saying about taking a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink…

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