Understanding Music Notation#
Play the note 1/2 step
(Sharp)Play the note 1/2 step
(Flat)Play the note normally: pay no attention to the keysignature.
The above three symbols can also appear at the beginning of each line ofmusic affecting the whole line. Moreover, if they are included in anindividual measure, they override each other and carry through ties orslurs.
Compressed rests. The number on topspecifies how many measures of rest.
. Hold the note until cut off.Repeat. Play through normally until secondsymbol, then go back to first symbol and playagain, this time ignoring the second symbol.Begin and end: marks the beginning and endingof a piece.Tie. Make each note flow into the next. (Donot break them up.)Common time, same as 4/4 time.