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Harmonica Lessons: Music Notation

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Now we're gonna learn a little bit,
just enough about written music notation.
This will be extremely helpful to you.
You have here,
my beautiful drawing of the treble clef,
called the G clef, because the little
curly Q goes around the line that is a G.
And this is called the treble clef,
the staff, the five-line staff.
This is how you read music.
The notes are located along the spaces and
I separated out the spaces
from the lines for you.
The simple,
quick way to learn how to read music is,
the notes in the spaces within
the staff spell the word face, F-A-C-E.
Happens to be an F major seventh cord.
The notes that are on the lines, E, G,
B, D, and F spell,
Every Good Boy Does Fine.
[LAUGH] And that,
is a G ninth chord, just so happens.
So, the combination of the lines and
spaces gives you all the notes,
F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F.
And then above the staff,
sitting up here is G [SOUND].
Below the staff down here hanging
on the bottom is D [SOUND].
And this thing that looks like Saturn
over here, is actually middle C.
It's called the leisure line.
And if you wanna have more notes below or
more notes above,
we draw these lines that
extend the staff upward.
And you can have a whole bunch of them.
I'm just trying to keep it simple for now.
But the middle C, down here is,
where did my harmonica go?
The first hole blow on the harmonica.
[SOUND] So when we play a scale,
like a C scale, C,
D, E, F, G, you draw it out on
a straight line on the page.
C, D, E, F, G.
Not back and forth like that.
And, that's how we read music.
Rhythms of notation,
I'm not concerned with.
Just knowing where
the notes are on the staff.
It's really not that hard.
The only hard thing about reading
music is reading it quickly.
If someone sticks the music
in front of you and goes.
[SOUND] Okay, ready, one,
two, one, two, three.
[SOUND] That takes a lot of skill,
a lot of years of training yourself.
But, just understanding where the notes
are on a staff is very simple.