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Musical Symbols of Piano Notation
Learn How to Read Sheet Music
By Brandy Kraemer, About.com Guide

Piano Music Commands & Symbols

Learn about the musical symbols, abbreviations, and terminology of piano notation.



Staves, double bar lines & final bars Treble staff, bass staff & clefs
Staff & Barlines The Grand Staff & Piano Clefs
  
Eighth note, quarter note & half note / quaver, crochet & minim Eighth rest, quarter rest, dotted rest
Music Note Lengths Music Rests
  
Sharps, flats, double-sharps & naturals Key signatures on the treble staff
Accidentals Key Signatures
  
Time signatures in piano music Tempo terms & metronome marks
Time Signatures & Meter Tempo Signs & Commands
  
Staccato, note accents & arpeggio Musical dynamics & volume
Note Accents & Articulation Volume & Dynamics
  
Dotted notes & double-rhythm dots Chord symbols & diagrams
Rhythm Dots Piano Chords
  
Begin repeat & end repeat barlines Segno & coda signs
Repeat Barlines Segno & Coda Repeats
  
Note ornaments and embellishments Tremolos
Note Ornaments Types of Tremolos
  
8va, 8vb, 15ma & octave commands Piano sustain pedal marks
8va, 15ma & Octave Signs Piano Pedal Marks



Related Musical Glossaries
■ Music Articulation Terms ■ Italian Musical Terms
■ Volume & Dynamics Terms ■ French Musical Terms
■ Tempo Commands ■ German Musical Terms


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  Beginner Piano Lessons
 ▪  Notes of the Piano Keys
 ▪  Memorize the Grand Staff Notes
 ▪  Finding Middle C on the Piano
 ▪  Essential Piano Fingering
 ▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords
 
  Getting Started on Keyboards
 ▪  Finding the Right Piano Teacher
 ▪  Sitting Correctly at the Keys
 ▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
 ▪  How to Buy a Used Piano
 ▪  Musical Keyboard Comparison Guide
 
  Piano Care
 ▪  Everyday Piano Care
 ▪  Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
 ▪  When to Tune a Piano
 ▪  Easy-to-Spot Signs of Piano Damage
 ▪  Piano Room Temps & Humidity Levels
 
  Piano Chords
 ▪  Easy Bass Piano Chords
 ▪  Root Notes & Chord Inversion
 ▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance
 ▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering
 ▪  Illustrated Suspended 4th Chords for Piano
 
  Piano Recitals & Performing
 ▪  What to Eat & Drink Before a Performance
 ▪  Concert Etiquette for the Audience
 ▪  Warming Up for a Piano Performance
 ▪  Minimizing Stage Fright
 ▪  Overcoming Mistakes On Stage
 
  ♫ Musical Quizzes!
 ● Identify the Piano Keys
 ● Key Signature Quiz
 ● Note Length & Rest Quiz (U.S. or U.K. English)
 ● Grand Staff Notes Quiz
 ● Tempo Command & BPM Quiz
 ● Time Signature & Rhythm Quiz
 ● Volume Commands & Dynamics Symbols


Illustrated Piano Chords:
AbmajAbma7Abma9  |  AbminAbm7Abm9  |  AbdimAb°7  |  AbaugAb+7  |  Absus2Absus4







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