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How to Read Music Symbols

Quick tip to learn basic music symbols

Released on August 14, 2013

  
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Welcome! I'm Robert Estrin here at livingpianos.com and virtualsheetmusic.com.

Jay asks "How do you decipher all the symbols in music?"

Boy there are a lot of them! This is a great question, Jay. You've got little squiggly lines, you've got dots, you've got just so many things. Well, I've got good news for you. There's a resource right on virtualsheetmusic.com that you can follow the link at the end of this video, and you'll find all different symbols and you can match them to your music and problem solved for you! Of course there's lots of nuances and there's no substitute for a great teacher. Another thing you can do is follow along with the score and recordings and you'll see how people address these various symbols. Thanks for the great question, Jay!

Once again, I'm Robert Estrin here at livingpianos.com and virtualsheetmusic.com.
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Virginia Halligan on September 9, 2015 @8:32 am PST
Please post where to find the information on music symbols. I (besides playing flute and knowing most of them) sing in an adult chorus where many inexperienced singers do not know what the symbols are. This could be an easy fix - we do not have time during rehearsal to study them. Thanx Ginny the Flute
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on September 9, 2015 @9:30 am PST
Hi Virginia. The link to the resource we have on VSM is superimposed at the end of the video above. You can find it directly from the link below:

http://www.virtualsheetmusic.com/musicprinciples/

Please, let me know if you need any further help.
Pat * VSM MEMBER * on September 9, 2015 @6:16 am PST
Where can I find the "music symbols" reference you mentioned? I didn't see the special link you mentioned, and I tried searching vitutalsheetmusic.com without success.
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on September 9, 2015 @8:17 am PST
Hi Pat. What Robert is talking about is the free e-book Basic Music Principles, available here below:

http://www.virtualsheetmusic.com/musicprinciples/

I hope that'll help!
Pat * VSM MEMBER * on September 9, 2015 @12:56 pm PST
Thank you!
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on September 9, 2015 @2:43 pm PST
You are most than welcome! Please, feel always free to contact me with any questions or ideas you may have, I will be glad to hear from you.
NAUDY Bernard on September 9, 2015 @2:55 am PST
Hello, I am french musician. Give us, please, a french version of yours videos ! It is possible ? Merci beaucoup !
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on September 9, 2015 @7:14 am PST
Thank you for your comment Naudy, but I don't think will be possible in the short term to offer our videos in French language. The video transcription above should help with the understanding of the contents though. Please, let me know if you need any help. Thank you again!
Carole * VSM MEMBER * on August 14, 2013 @6:28 am PST
How do you keep track of long repeating tune like in Vivaldi's Spring?
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Robert - host, on August 14, 2013 @11:56 am PST
This is a great question which I will address in a future video!
Carole * VSM MEMBER * on August 14, 2013 @12:41 pm PST
Thank you. Carole
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