Music Notes Symbols

Music Notes Symbols

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A useful guide to different music notes and symbols. Facts, Images and worksheets! An easy way to brush up on musical theory. Information on the symbols and signs used to represent music notes in scores and sheet music.


Music Notes - Symbols
Music symbols are the marks and signs used in music notation and include symbols to indicate the pitch, rhythm and tempo of the composition. Each of the symbols used has a unique meaning and there are hundreds of different symbols and terms used. Check out our music terms glossary which includes many of the important terms used in music theory. The following image shows a typical music stave including a treble clef, sharp and flat symbols as well as different music notes.

Music Notes - Examples of Symbols used in Music notation

Music Notes - History
The word note comes from the Latin word 'nota' which means a mark or a sign and is made up of either one, two or three individual parts known as the head, stem and hook. The hook is also called the tail or cross-stroke. Different rules apply to the direction of the stem when more than one part is included in the musical score.

Music Notes - Terms
The following terms are used to describe music notes:

  • Whole-note | semi-breve

  • Half-note | minim

  • Quarter-note | crotchet

  • Eighth-note | quaver

  • Sixteenth-note | semi-quaver

  • Thirty-second-note | Demi-semi-quaver

Music Notes - Clef Symbols Description
A clef symbol is a placed on the staff to identify the pitch represented by its lines and spaces. The F clef (or Bass staff) shows us that the fifth line of the bass staff represents the first A below middle C, the fourth line the first F below middle C and so on. In the same way, a G clef better known as a Treble Clef shows us not only that the second line of the staff represents G, but that the first line represents E, the first space F, etc.

Music Notes - Treble Clef Symbols
The treble clef symbol is instantly recognisable and one of the most widely used symbols in music notation. It is however not the easiest symbol to draw! In the days before computer programs were used to help musicians with their music notes, the art of drawing a treble clef was one that took time to perfect! The image on the right shows a treble clef in the correct position on the music stave.

Treble Clef Symbol Image

Music Notes - Bass Clef Symbols
The bass clef symbol is shown in the image on the right. It is also called an F clef because it is believed to have originated from an old fashion F symbol. The bass clef deals with the lower range of notes and it marks the fourth line of the musical stave as F. All other notes fall on the other lines and spaces accordingly.

Bass Clef Symbol Image


Music Notes Symbols - Facts
Music Notes Symbols Facts....Did you know...

Fact 1: A caesura is a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line. The word comes from the Latin word caesura which is a cutting off, a division or stop and from the French words caedere, caesum meaning to cut off

Fact 2: The Treble clef is placed on the second line of the musical stave

Fact 3: Addition is defined as a dot at the right side of a note as an indication that its sound is to be lengthened one half

Fact 4: The symbol for a rest is two parallel lines which are set at an angle, similar to two forward slashes: //

Fact 5: A clef is a sign placed on the staff to designate what pitches are to be represented by its lines and spaces

Fact 6: A trio is a sonata for three instruments

Fact 7: A quarter note is is represented by a closed note with a stem

Fact 8: A cantata is a vocal composition for chorus and soloists, the text being either sacred or secular

Fact 9:  A flat lowers the pitch of a note by one semitone

Fact 10: Placing a dot to the right of a note head shortens a notes duration by half

Fact 11: A whole note is also called a Semibreve

Fact 12:  A measure is the term given to the portion of the staff found between two bars

Fact 13:  A double bar marks the end of a division or composition

Fact 14: The top number in a time signature indicates how many notes appear in each measure

Fact 15: The seven letters of the musical alphabet are: A,B,C,D,E,F,G

Music Notes Symbols - Worksheet
Need to test your musical knowledge or looking for a quiz to test your students? Click on the link for the Music Theory Worksheet. Simply print off and complete a useful theory worksheet including a quiz on musical terms, symbols and notes. The answers have also been provided, just click on the link at the bottom of the quiz for the answers, also in a printable format. Do you need a blank stave for your own composition or perhaps you want to practice writing your own notes? Just click on the link below to print a free blank music stave worksheet as shown in the thumbnail image below. Print as many copies as you need, they are free and printer friendly!

Music Notes Symbols

Blank Sheet Music In PDF Format

Music Theory Worksheet

Dream Explanation - Music Notes Symbols
Hearing harmonious and soothing music in your dream, is a good omen of prosperity, pleasure and the expression of your emotions in a positive way. Music serves to heal the soul. Hearing discordant music in your dream means unhappiness and troubles in the home. 

 Music Notes Symbols Image

Example of Symbols used to create music notes

Music Notes Symbols - Tattoos
Tattoo images based on music notes are a great idea for tattoos. Looking for inspiration for a unique tattoo design? Why not choose a musical symbol or incorporate a selection of musical symbols in your own design? A great way to show your interest in the fascinating world of music. Whether your preferred genre is Rock or Classical, Disco or Country, music notes symbols are a great choice for a tattoo! Browse through our selection of images and check out the meaning of each one.

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Music Notes Symbols

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Pictures and Videos of Music Notes Symbols
Discover the vast selection of pictures and videos which relate to the symbols used to create music notes and illustrate the different music symbols and notes that we encounter in everyday life. What do sharp symbols look like? What is the difference between a breve and a semi breve? Find the answer to these questions about symbols used for music notes and more! Lots of useful information and facts for anyone with an interest in music theory. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Signology Index - a great educational resource on the symbols used for music notes for everyone!


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