Treble Clef Sight-Reading Exercise Worksheet

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Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans,

Sight-reading and learning to read music can be a challenge to master. To help you get to your goal of learning to read and play music better, I am creating a series of exercises and worksheets based on my book How to Read Music Easily in 30 Days to help build your skills.

In this exercise you will practice the notes of the treble clef. The exercise is designed to get you to read the notes as well as introduce the intervals of 2nds, 3rds, and 4ths. If you do not know the notes of the treble clef watch Lesson 2 – Treble Clef and then come back.

The example in this exercise is in the mode of E phrygian, a musical mode similar, but a little different than the sound of a minor scale.

Here are the instructions:

In this exercise you will work through five different levels of sight-reading ability. Start by clicking here to download this exercise as a PDF. You may wish to print four copies of the music sheet for the exercise. As you play the exercise remember to take the repeat at the end. The exercise ends on the whole note in the last measure.

Things to keep in my as you read and play through the exercise:

  • Play at a steady tempo. Regardless of how fast you are able to play the exercise, steadiness of tempo is the most important aspect of sight-reading.
  • Use a metronome as you play. If you do not have one use an online metronome listed on the resources page at: http://oneminutemusiclesson.com/resources/
  • Tap your foot in Levels 1 and 2. However, do not tap your foot in Levels 3 through 5. Also be aware if your body is pulsing with the beat. Are you nodding your head? Try to remain still in your body movements beyond Level 2.
  • Begin with Level 1. Work your way trough each level one at a time.
  • If you have any questions or experience difficulty email then directly to Leon Harrell at oneminutemusiclesson@gmail.com

Level 1: Write in all the letter names of the notes with a pencil. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 60.

Level 2: Write in only the letter names of the first note in each measure. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 60.

Level 3: Write in only the letter names of the first note in each line, or system of the music. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 70.

Level 4: Don’t write in any letter names. Read ahead by one note as you play the music. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 70.

Level 5: Don’t write in any letter names. Read ahead by one measure as you play the music. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 80.

If you enjoyed this type of blog post, please let me know in the comments below. I will continue to create more exercises like this one if it seems like many of you enjoy them.

Finally, if you want to improve your music reading ability with a structured method check out my book How to Read Music Easily in 30 Days

Thanks for following the One Minute Music Lesson,

Leon Harrell

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  • Ary Manzana

    Hi Leon,

    Thanks for your material. I’ll try your lessons (both from the site and from your free e-book preview) and then I’ll buy your book to finish the lessons.

    I have one question: what is the fingering for this exercise? I’m doing 1-3-5 for E-G-B and so on, except when it goes E-G-B-D I do 1-3-1-3, but I could also do 1-2-3-4.

    Thanks in advance,
    Ary

    • leonharrell

      Hi Ary,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. You should use fingers 1 2 3 5 for the chord E-G-B-D. In the Left hand use 5(E) – 3(G) – 2(B) – 1(D) and the Right hand use 1(E) – 2(G) – 3(B) – 5(D). Alternately you could use 1 2 4 5 but I feel that my 4th finger is always a little weaker and is less steady in moving to the next chord or hand position.

      Let me know if you have any more questions,

      -Leon Harrell

      • Ary Manzana

        Hi Leon,

        Two days is a very good delay :-)

        Thanks for your answers, and for your website. I can really tell you love what you do and how you love teaching others what you love.

        • http://oneminutemusiclesson.com/ Leon Harrell

          No problem, any time. Thanks for your kind words and let me know if I can help you with any more music questions.

          -Leon