Here are some exercises that are good to try at home, to test and revise your skills in reading music. For this first exercise, you will practise drawing the treble clef (also known as the “G” clef).
- Get a blank piece of paper
- Draw five lines (horizontally)
- Number the lines 1-5 from the bottom line being numbered 1, up to the top line being numbered 5.
- Now you have drawn your own “Stave” or “Staff”. This is your manuscript paper from which you can write up your own music.
- Get your Manuscript paper (see exercise 1 above)
- Then find the second line from the bottom of the stave.
- Now follow these seven steps (as shown in the above picture):
- Step 1 – On that second line draw a small circle;
- Step 2 – draw a line from the circle, moving up to the left and when you’ve reached the third line you need to curve the line so that it moves to the right;
- Step 3 – draw a line downwards towards the right, then curve downwards into the left;
- Step 4 – now draw a line upwards towards the left and then curve in towards the right;
- Step 5 – draw a line upwards to the right, then turn the line to the left continuing upwards;
- Step 6 – now draw a line down to the very bottom and below all the lines;
- Step 7 – lastly, draw a line to the left (keeping it curved) and then upwards.
- Practise drawing the Treble Clef again and again across the page, until you are confident in drawing it.
- You can print out the photo above to use as a guide, and join the dots to help you draw your treble clef.