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Sheet Music Symbols

Hey all!

So this blog is super practical as I walk you through the different musical symbols that you’ll see in any piece of music.

It can be overwhelming to read music, and all the weird symbols make it that much more confusing.

But never fear! Here is a list that will get you started in the right direction.

In The Adult Violin Academy level 1 course, I go further in depth on musical notation and violin specific symbols, but here are some of the basic symbols you need to know in order to get started.

Treble Clef- This is the symbols found at the beginning of every piece and indicates how the notes should be read. Treble Clef is for higher pitched instruments like the violin, flute, and trumpet.

Time Signature- Indicated by two stacked numbers at the beginning of the piece. The top number tells us how many beats are in a measure, and the bottom number tells us what note value gets the beat.

Key Signature- The sharps or flats at the beginning of the piece that tells us what key we are in.

Bar Lines- Lines that separate the music into sections called measures or bars.

Double Bar Line- The double line at the end of the piece that indicates the end.

Repeat Sign- Two dots in font of a double bar line that means to go back to the beginning and play that section again.

Forte- This symbols means to play the music loudly.

Piano- This symbol means to play the music softly.

Happy Practicing!


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