Sight Reading 101

Flash Cards I: Learning the Notes

There are seven alphabet letters used to name musical notes. They are:

A, B, C, D, E, F and G

It's time to memorize where these notes occur on the staff.

Here are the names of the notes as they occur on the staff:

Names of the notes on the staff.

Study this diagram and memorize the notes. Count the lines and spaces to help you memorize the location of each note.

Next, it's time to use the Flash Cards program. This program is a great way to drill yourself and learn the names of the notes on the staff. The cards will quickly improve your abilities to read music.

How the Program Works

Begin the Flash Card program by clicking the "Start the Flash Cards" button near the bottom of this page.

A flash card will appear displaying a musical a note. Below the card will be options of what the note could be. Click on the note you think the card is showing.

If you're correct, you can move on to the next card.

If you're incorrect, you can either go back and try again, or move on to the next card.

You'll be able to refer back to the staff image at the top of this page if you need help in the beginning.

It's important to try and recognize the notes as quickly as you can, so use this program as often as you can so that when you're finished, you can quickly, and easily recognize all the notes.

If at any time you want to exit the flash card program, press the "Close" button.

Ok, that's it. Let's begin the Flash Cards!

When you've finished with the Flash Cards program, go ahead...

Course Map:

Introduction | Course Directory | The Staff | Lines, Spaces and Ledger Lines | Flash Cards I: Learning the Notes | The Fret Board | Reading Exercises On Each String | Note and Rest Values | Time Signatures | Rhythm Exercises, Part I | Triplets and Dotted Notes & Rests | Rhythm Exercises, Part II | Flash Cards II: Rhythm Values | Ties | Rhythm Exercises, Part III | Simple Melodies | Course Conclusion

Glossary of Terms

Copyright 1999 T.A. Vieira, Jr.