As you’re learning how to read music on the piano, you’ll come across a lot of different words and terms that will seem like a foreign language. And that’s because… they are!
Most sheet music terms you’ll see are Italian, or have Italian roots, while others are taken from French, German, Latin, or Spanish. But don’t worry — you don’t need to learn how to speak Italian fluently to be a good piano player. There are many piano terms and symbols, but the 14 listed in the infographic below are some of the most common. If you understand these, you’ll be able to play many famous piano pieces in the way the composer intended — and become a better piano player as you continue learning!
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*Special thanks to online piano teacher Crystal B. for her help with these music term definitions!*
What other sheet music terms have you come across? Do you have any tips for memorizing them? Leave a comment with your questions and advice!
Feature photo by Justin Beckley