What The F? Sharp Notes
With some music-reading basics under your belt, TG looks at how to deal with sharp and flat notes
One of the toughest parts of reading music is dealing with sharp notes. Represented with a # symbol, a sharp sign tells you a note is played a semitone higher. For example, F# is a semitone higher than F; G# is a semitone higher than G. You get the idea. We recommend tackling this tricky task with a three-prong attack: first, memorise the ‘natural’ notes (E, F, G and so on) on the fretboard; second, identify the sharp notes on the fretboard; finally, take note of where the fretboard notes are positioned on the musical stave. Read on as we show you how.