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  • Accents

    Some brief notes on what accents are and the '>' notation.

  • Bar Lines

    Bar lines are used to communicate structural information, here you will learn about the different types commonly used.

  • Bar Numbers

    Bar numbers are shown at the start of each line of a score. Learn about specific features of these here.

  • D.C. Al Coda

    A way of repeating large sections of music that involve returning to that start of a piece. This lesson includes two example pieces.

  • D.S. Al Coda

    A form of notation used to show repition of large parts of music that involve jumping back to a specific point in the song.

  • Drum Kit Notation, An Introduction

    A brief introduction on drum kit notation.

  • General Sheet Music Reading Tips

    Some quick tips to help you learn a piece of music from sheet music.

  • Notation Guide - Cymbals

    A detailed exaplanation on how cymbals are notated.

  • Notation Guide - Drums

    A detailed exaplanation on how drums are notated.

  • Notation Guide - Percussion

    A detailed exaplanation on how drums are notated.

  • Note Heads

    These are the 'blobs' and 'x's you see scattered about drum kit notation and different forms of note head mean different things. Learn more in this...

  • Percentage Sign Repeat Marks

    This form of repeat can be used to indicate repetition of single bars.

  • Repeat Mark Bar Lines

    To save space when notating double bar lines with dots can be used to show sections that are played multiple times. Learn about the notation and...

  • Repeat Mark Bar Lines With Numbered Brackets

    Sometimes when repeating a phrase the last bar or so may need to be different on one occurance. This notation accounts for that by placing a bracket with a...

  • Structure Markings

    Structure markings are shown in the left margin to help keep your place, learn about the abbreviations used here.

  • Swing Time Notation

    An explanation of the marking you sometimes see after the tempo that changes the way notation is read.

  • Tempo

    Tempo refers to the speed a piece of music is played at, learn more in this free lesson.

  • Tips On Learning A Song From Sheet Music

    Dan Brigstock gives some advice on the learning process when using sheet music.

  • Transcription Layout

    Some quick tips on how our sheet music is laid out

  • Unison Notes

    A lesson explaining how to notate two of the same note played at the same time.