About Notes

About Notes is a series of audio and video lessons on the basics of reading and composing music. It focuses on understanding basic time values, how to count musical notes and the difference between flat and sharps. In this program you will learn about notes in the key of G, C, D and so on. It gives you time signature descriptions and also shows you how to read music notes by identifying them in the time signature. You can compare one hand reading with another and play along with some simple accompaniment pieces.

The About Notes website tells you that it was developed by Mel Bay, with the assistance of some professional musicians. It is easy to use and is accompanied by excellent instruction, so even novices should find this site very useful. The site teaches you about notes in two ways: in the time signature format, where you get the musical notes as actual stems, and in the key of G, C, D and so on. Once you know the note values of the basic chords, you can use the About Notes key-of-resonance quiz to identify which key the piece you are going to play should be written for. This is a great way of starting out.

If you need to know about notes quickly in order to put together a tune, you will enjoy the About Notes lessons on learning to read music notes by different time signatures. About Notes has about sixteen different time signatures, including minor, major, blues, flamenco, English and so on. You get the notes in every key in each different time signature, so you learn how to read notes in each key.

The About Notes website contains other lessons too, including how to read lyrics and the whole bibliography, which is a quick reference guide of much of the literature about music, opera, theater, films, etc. If you want to know about notes in the United States English language, you can find the About Notes button on the About Notes Home page. If you type in “notes” in the search box of your browser, you will find about thirteen different models of bibliographic markers, or sources of information about notes. These include worksheets for teachers, note books for students, audio clips, and so on.

One of the best ways to get practice using About Notes is to make it into a timed game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. To do this, click on the About Notes button, then click on a sheet of paper to form a letter. Next, type in the musical notes that you have about and then write them down as quickly as possible. When you are ready, click on a key signature or time signature to turn it off and on. Practice your skills by playing along with a song you have written yourself, one that you know well, then try it on the piano, or even a keyboard, to see how well you do.

The About Notes function will also help you learn how to read music notes, because it lists the time and pitch for each of the notes, as well as the name of the musical staff, and the name of the root note. The tabs display the notes in both key signature and time signature, which are easier to see than a staff which can often confuse the novice player. The music notes help you learn how to read music notes by giving you the names of the notes, the symbols used to show them, and the name of the root note.