Like an actor’s script, a sheet of music instructs a musician on what to play (the pitch) and when to play it (the rhythm). Sheet music may look complicated, but once you’ve gotten the hang of a few simple elements like notes, bars and clefs, you’re ready to rock.

From Tim Hansen and TED Ed, the basics of how to read music.

More music, rhythm, and some metronomes are in the archives. Also: commuters playing piano in a bus station.

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