How To Read Music At Lightning Speed: Treble Clef Spaces – Part 2


This is the second part of reading music at speed. At this point, you should be able to read this fluently:

There should be no hesitation — see it and read it. If you can’t do this yet. Review Part 1 of this series.

Let’s recap.

We have the following:

Now let’s learn the spaces.

Reading the Spaces.

The spaces look like this:

Using the same priciples from the previous lesson:

Say this out loud (trust me, you want to say it out loud):

First space is F

2nd space is A

3rd spaces is C

4th space is B

First space below first line is D

You guessed it, it spells: D-FACE.

Practice seeing and saying this. Don’t count the lines or the spaces. This slows you down.

Remember, your goal is to be able to see and immediately identify this notes.

Practice, and practice this positions.

Here’s an exercise (say each note out loud):

When you’re comfortable with this, move on to the next section:

Seeing it All Together

Can you read this:

If you still stall — practice reading it a few more times, take it slow and steady.

A few tips to help along the way:

  • Don’t count the line or the spaces, you want to be able to see an identify without any extras to bug you down.
  • When you’re’ learning the notes, say it out loud.
  • The more you practice reading, the better you will get at it, do it often.

There you have it — the whole treble clef!

In the next lesson, we will look at the other clef, Bass. Using this same framework, you will learn to read that at lightning speed to.

Oh, and here’s some bonus practice material:

How did you do? Let me know in the comments.

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