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Note names

The first seven letters of the alphabet are used to name the music notes:

A B C D E F G

Music notes positions on a piano keyboard

Music notes are placed like this on a piano keyboard:

notes names on a piano keyboard

And on a three octaves piano keyboard:

notes names on a piano keyboard

You will learn all about the staff united states of america (stave united kingdom), and all about the Clefs but for the moment you have to know this:

The Treble clef indicates the position of the G music note.

G note position on treble clef

So all other music notes will be placed like this:

Notes positions in treble clef

Funny tricks to recognize music note positions with a treble clef

In treble clef, the music notes on lines are E G B D F and you can remember them with the phrase Every Good Boy Does Fine

Every Good Boy Does Fine

In treble clef, the music notes in space are F A C E and you can remember them with the word FACE

FACE

Funny tricks to recognize music note positions with a bass clef

In bass clef, the music notes on lines are G B D F A and you can remember them with the phrase Good Boys Do Fine Always

Good Boys Do Fine Always

In bass clef, the music notes in space are A C G E and you can remember them with the phrase All Cars Eat Gas

All Cars Eat Gas

Notes names in other languages and countries

EnglishCDEFGAB
GermanCDEFGAH
Neo-Latin
France
Italy
Spain
DoMiFaSolLaSi

Note those differences between English and German notation:

B note in English is H in German
B♭ note in English is B in German

differences between English and German music notes notation

Neo-Latin music notes notation comes from Hymnus in Ioannem also named Ut queant laxis, a Latin hymn:


Ut queant laxis
Resonare fibris
Mira gestorum
Famuli tuorum
Solve polluti
Labii reatum
Sancte Iohannes

Ut was replaced by Do for pronunciation reasons.

Ut Queant Laxis

Music sight-reading exercises in treble or bass clef

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