Lets Begin Reading Music!


Introduction to Notes

The Quarter Note:

The black ovals are called note heads. The lines pointing up and down are called stems.

Counting The Quarter Note

  • Set your metronome to ♩=60
  • When the metronome clicks, start the first quarter note (1)
  • When the metronome clicks again, play the next quarter note (2)
  • Continue this process with note 3 and 4
  • There are 4 clicks/notes per measure in our example:

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Let’s Count It

  • Each time the metronome clicks, say 1,2,3,4, looking at the image below

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Let’s Play It

Let’s play this exercise. Just follow the steps below

  1. Identify the name and fingering of the note
  2. Click here if you need assistance with step 1
  3. Set your metronome to ♩=60
  4. Each time the metronome clicks- play a quarter note
  5. There are 4 clicks in the measure, so you’ll play 4 separate quarter notes in this exercise


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Here’s an Example

If you’re having difficulty figuring this out, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Listen to the audio below and play with me as many times as necessary.