Piano Sight-Reading Lesson 1

Piano Sight-Reading Lesson 1

Welcome to this series on sight-reading. By the end of this lesson you will be reading and playing a famous melody, but
first I want you to wipe out everything you have learned about reading notes and
bear with me, okay? A piano score usually looks like this: it has two staves, each staff is made of five lines. The top one is
called the treble clef, the bottom one the bass clef. In this lesson I am going to teach you only one note. I’ll show where it is on
the staff, and where it is on the piano. A note on the staff would look like a roundish dot,
with a pole on it. It almost looks like a golf club We can choose any one here but let’s
start with this one. Where am I going to put it? I’m actually going to add an extra line
under the staff and put the note there. This corresponds to exactly one key on the piano. This one… and I really want you to remember this. Got it? Next, I’d like you to imagine the staff
as a ladder. Climb up or down without skipping steps. If we start on the line, we go line space, line space, line space,
line. On the piano that corresponds to doing
this: line space, line space, line space, line
and so on. Here’s that note again. We are ready to play all this All we have to do is start climbing. Here we go! There’s that note on the line Where’s the next note? same line The next note is the next space up, the
next note is the same space, the next note is the next line up, next
note is the same, the next note is the next space up, the
next note is the same space, the next note is the next line up, next
note is the same the next note is the next space up the next note is the same space Ah, the next note is the next line down the next one is the same the next note skips all the way down to
the same note you started at Do you see what you did? You read all
those notes! Can we do that again? Can we do it backwards? The next note is the same where’s the next one? Just climb the ladder
line space line space line There it is. The next note is the same The next note is the next space up, the
next note is the same The next note is the next line down. and so on… We’re going to repeat that, but this time,
where you see the blue rectangle, we’re not going to play any note. We’re
just going to hold the note. So let’s see what that sounds like. Recognize that tune? This is how we denote that held note.
That’s right,… Those different types of notes we saw
before, are used to show different time values We can’t play piano with just one finger,
right? Planning ahead on fingering is a very
important part of sight-reading. Your homework is to assign finger numbers 1
through 5 (1 being the thumb) so that our melody sounds nice and melodic. Post your
answer as a comment. There are many different answers. We can vote for the
best one, ok? see you next time, bye 🙂 yeah


  1. When I look out my window I see 5 power lines in between the poles and it reminds me of musical lines.  Sometimes I see several birds on them which reminds me of musical notes.

  2. oh i don't know how to read music..i ONLY know how to play songs from YOUR tutorials because the angle of your camera is perfect and i can see where your fingers go..! so keep doing these videos about sight reading =D i'll learn in no time

  3. I think you must be a great teacher in the real life, both math and piano. Thank you for your videos. Have you ever been in Spain? Maybe you want to be the piano teacher of my son ; )

  4. I did not think There was a pause. In that case. I would go after the break with finger 4 again. And all the way down to finger 1. Is it Ok ?. Thank you for your channel and the time you're spending making great vids

  5. i have played piano by ear for many years and have never been able to master sight reading. I have never heard the technique of not thinking about the actual note names and focusing on the spaces first. I'll try it out 🙂

  6. @Colette V.  Perhaps you should start with my silly story: Taking The Mystery Out of Reading Notes, a Story. Links are here:
    reading music polyrhythms | pianoandmathtutorials 

  7. Hi Jane, I am 65 years old and just starting to learn piano.  I am looking for some direction on where to start.  What videos do you recommend starting with.

  8. Woah I love your accent, where are you from? Thank you for the lesson, you help me a lot with learning new songs and helped me read music, whenever I struggle reading some notes I look at your videos to help me, just learned sonatina in g major! And soon to learn bratja 😉 also how long have you been playing piano?

  9. I took your advice and I'm gonna watch all of your sight reading videos, you do not need fancy animation software to teach and your use of corel paint and adobe premier is not at all bad, it's actually really well suited for this!

    11555554433221, that is how it comes naturally for me without thinking about it much.

  10. dear jane,
    never again have any trepidations about uploading anything. you are not only a sweet person, but  definitely a born teacher who loves and knows her subject matter and cares for her students.

  11. Thank you Jane, I didn’t know you have sight-reading lessons too, I will check them all. They will help me with the understanding of the solfeo witch I find super difficult.
    I always check the note, then look at the piano, afterwards I look for the correct finger number to use and finally, I press the piano key. The entire process takes me about 1 minute per note. These lessons will help me for sure a lot.

    kind regards

  12. at 4:56 ! its so bad to teach people to climb and get refference notes. You need to know exactly where note is on keyboard, not that its 3keyboards to the left from middle C ! Thats wrong teaching. 

  13. Jane … your lessons are wonderful !!!   Where can I find lessons 11 and beyond?  I'm 67 years old, always wanted to learn to read and you have absolutely helped me with that.  I now have time on my hands, and really enjoying it.  Thank you .. thank you !!!

  14. I wish I had you as my teacher when I was young.  You are soothing to listen to and make it easy to understand the concept of sight reading.  Thank you….although I took piano lessons when I was young, I am going to go through each of your tutorials.

  15. Thank you mam, its an amazing way you are teaching. Its giving me more confidence. God bless you and thanks alot.

  16. After watching many of your piano tutorials it is nice hearing you teach us as well.  Thank you for these great tutorials.

  17. thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial.. that makes me feel more interested to played piano 👍👏👏.. .. KNOWING HOW TO READ THE notes. thanks

  18. Thanks for your relaxed and helpful tutorials. A great alternative to all those fast talkers, show off players and rather confusing concepts presented here on YT.

  19. This isn't sight reading, it's learning to read music through practice. SIGHT READING is playing previously unseen music.

  20. Jane you're the best! I actually had trouble reading notes especially ones that so low or so high, you know, notes that beyond the staff, ones that has many stripes (?) on the pole of the notes. Now it all makes sense with line space line space method! Thank you very much 🙂 <3

  21. hello mrs jane,
    i want to ask something, is there any difference between do, re, mi and c,d,e,f ? or its same and which one is better to known?

  22. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for all these great videos. I am a beginner at piano. Can you tell me where to start? Should I start learning sight-reading(from your videos) and start playing Level 1 songs? Or should I learn complete music theory first?
    Thanks again 🙂

  23. I am here and looked at your first lesson. I think the key point that you said was not to look at your fingers on the piano , and don't take your eyes off the music. I will look at your lessons one by one. 🙂

  24. Thanks Jane. Although I have some backround in piano, I have never properly learned to site read. I'm looking forward to following you in this series. 11445543311221

  25. Hey Jane I like your idea of pointing out the notes with a pencil because it is easier to see them!! Thank you

  26. I also got to know some of your story. Very inspiring! A the fact that you come from a missionary family and have a passion for teaching!! Thank you for sharing about that!!

  27. Thank you Jane! You are so sweet! I will soon share my story with like how I went back to music after so manny years running fro it! I am learning a lot fro your videos! I also teach music and volunteer to a public school to under privileged kids!!! I am not a expert thought but I love to share my passion teaching piano and guitar! I am still chasing my dream that I once had back in Brazil when I was growing up with so little resources!! Greatfulll for your videos!!! Have a blessed summer!!!

  28. I'm a maths teacher also. What a surprise when I read it on her website. I'm glad I'm taking her path too

  29. Should I hit every note. What if 10 on metronome is my speed and hit every note corrrectly or should to play at half speed with 10 percent mistakes ?

  30. Hi Jane…just went thru the first lesson on sight reading. You did make it easier than I thought. I will practice with lesson one before going on to lesson two. Thanks so much for your help.

  31. hi 🙂 hoping to learn piano and feel a lil lost. do i learn basic structure and then watch the tutorials, that you have so graciously and generously made, as like a comparison as i learn the same song? no biggie either way. thanks as well, you seem like a kind soul

  32. Awesome video. In a 7 minutes video we are able to read our first song. All is explained perfectly clear.
    Please, post a doc with the partitures so we can practice them on our pianos.

  33. Thank you for this tutorial! It appears to be rather promising.

    The fingering I chose to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is 1, 1, 3, 3, 4, 4, 3, 1, 1, 3, 3, 2, 2, 1.

  34. THE BEST sight reading tutorial I've see on Youtube…and I've watched HUNDREDS of videos already! Thanks so much for making available these invaluable videos!!

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