This site is written by

victoria Williams Music Theory

Victoria Williams

LmusTCL BA Mus (Hons)

Learn more...

ISM Member Logo Colour

Join over 19,000 others and become a member of - it's free!

join for free

We have 3378 guests and 14 members online

Video Courses by MyMusicTheory

Please note: this website is not run by the ABRSM and is a completely independent business.

Next UK ABRSM theory exams:
To be confirmed
While you're waiting - Sign up for a Course Today!

How to Read Music - Level 1 (High Voices)

2. Lines and Spaces

Remember that the treble clef curls around the line where we find G? Until you're really familiar with reading music, you can always start by finding G, then working out the other notes in relation to it. It will be slow going at first, but with a little practice you'll soon find that you don't need to think about it any more!


The staff has five lines. We use the lines, and the spaces between those lines, to write notes.


We only use the first seven letters of the alphabet to name notes - A, B, C, D, E , F and G. After G, we go back to A again.


So, the space above G is where we write A.

Treble clef with G and A - music theory {swf;audio/grade1/1/g_to_A.swf;[changeparams]width=30;height=30;[/changeparams]}


And the line above A is where we write B. B is on the middle line of the staff.

Treble Clef with G, A and B - music theory {swf;audio/grade1/1/g_to_b.swf;[changeparams]width=30;height=30;[/changeparams]}


Time for some practice! Try singing these notes, then click the play button to see if you were right. 

singing practice 


singing practice 


singing practice 


singing practice 


singing practice 


singing practice 


singing practice 


now on amazon topbanner normalamazon logo