Category Archives: How to Read Music

Piano Marvel Review: Interactive Piano Educational Software

PianoMarvel Review

**** I have negotiated a free trial for fans of the One Minute Music Lesson for Piano Marvel. Click here to get your Free 30 Day Trial of Piano Marvel. **** Hi One Minute Music Lesson fans, Today I want … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Sight Reading Sheet Music – Sight Reading Exercise 1 – Sheet Music Markings

Sight Reading Steps

Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, I am creating a series of sight reading exercises for you to help you with your sight reading skills and to provide harmonically interesting sight reading materials. In this first exercise, which you can … Continue reading

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Bass Clef Sight-Reading Exercise Worksheet

Bass Clef Sight Reading Exercise Worksheet

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE EXERCISE (Want even more free bass clef sight-reading exercises? Try PianoMarvel free for 30-days. You’ll improve your music reading skills immediately) Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Continuing my series of exercises and worksheets on … Continue reading

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Treble Clef Sight-Reading Exercise Worksheet

Treble Clef Sight-reading Worksheet

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE EXERCISE (Want even more free treble clef sight-reading exercises? Try PianoMarvel free for 30-days. You’ll improve your music reading skills immediately) Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Sight-reading and learning to read music can be a … Continue reading

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Free Preview of “How to Read Music Easily in 30 Days”

How To Read Music Easily In 30 Days

  Hi Fans of the One Minute Music Lesson, My new e-book How to Read Music Easily in 30 Days has been released and I wanted to share a preview of it with you. In this 43 page preview you will begin … Continue reading

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Short Sight Reading Exercises

Sight Reading Genie

Sightreading Genie by PracticeSpot.com is a great tool for beginning sight readers. This tool allows you to choose from 4 difficulty levels and proves you will a large amount of short musical examples to play. It is designed for piano … Continue reading

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Sight reading agility

eMusic Theory Piano Keys

Do you test your sight reading agility? Today I wanted to post a tool that is useful for practicing your sight reading agility. This Piano Keys trainer from eMusicTheory.com allows you to adjust the difficulty level from beginners to advanced. This tool … Continue reading

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New Book Update: 4-18-12

Hi fans of the One Minute Music Lesson, I wanted to give you all an update on the progress of the book. After collecting responses from you guys I am hearing that you want a book aimed at teaching you … Continue reading

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Great tool for practicing sight-reading

[Edit from Leon: I’ve found an even better tool for sight reading. Check it out here.] When learning to read music you will need materials for practicing. One of the hardest things about learning to sight read is having enough … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 19 – Triplets and Duplets

Triplets are 3 notes that fit in the same rhythmic space as 2 of the same notational value. Triplets are used in simple meters when we need to show a rhythmic value that would normally be found in compound meter. … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 18 – Eastman Counting System (Compound Meters)

The Eastman Counting System is a method of counting rhythms using a mixture of numbers and syllables. In this lesson we will continue learning this system with the compound meters. The 3 basic rules for counting any compound rhythm are: 1. … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 17 – Eastman Counting System (Simple Meters)

The Eastman Counting System is a method of counting rhythms using a mixture of numbers and syllables. We will begin learning this system with the simple meters. The 3 basic rules for counting any rhythm are: 1. Say the number of … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 15 – Simple Meter

Simple meters are meters that the beat is divisible by 2. You can easily tell if a meter is a simple meter by the top number of the time signature. If the top number is 2, 3 or 4 then … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 14 – Time Signatures

Time signatures are the numbers that are placed just after the clef symbol at the beginning of a piece of music. The time signature tells us the exact length of each measure in a piece of music. On a deeper … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 13 – Bars and Bar Lines

A bar, also called a measure, divides and organizes music into meter. A bar doesn’t really mean anything until it has a meter, or time signature. In a bar with the time signature of 4/4, the bar will contain 4 … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 12 – Rests

A rest is a timed pause, or silence in music. Just as we learned about in Lesson #9 (Rhythmic Values) every note has a specific rhythmic value. The same is true for the rests. They even share the same names. … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 11 – Dots and Ties

Dot and ties are two different ways to add time value to any note. Let’s begin by explaining the tie. The tie is used to add the time value of two notes together. A tie can be thought of as … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 10 – The Note

DOWNLOAD THE FREE NOTE POSTER The note tells us 2 things: It designates the time duration and pitch of a sound. There are 5 parts to understand any type of note. They are: 1. The Head 2. The Stem 3. … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 9 – Rhythmic Values

DOWNLOAD THE FREE RHYTHMIC VALUES POSTER Rhythm is the systematic arrangement of musical sound in time. In order to show this musicians use musical notation. Rhythmic values, the individual mathematical time values of rhythm, are shown with notation such as … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 8 – Alto Clef

DOWNLOAD THE FREE ALTO CLEF POSTER HERE The alto clef’s proper name is the C clef. This is because it’s pointer points to middle C. The C clef is a special clef, because it is a movable clef. Wherever you … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 7 – Ledger Lines

In this lesson we will learn about ledger lines. A ledger line is a short line added below or above the staff to extend it’s range. Ledger lines are only used when a note is outside the range of the … Continue reading

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Free Treble & Bass Clef Notes Poster Download

Click here to download a free Treble & Bass Clef Note poster.

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How to Read Music – Lesson 6 – Accidentals

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How to Read Music – Lesson 5 – Enharmonics

Enharmonics are also known as flats and sharps in music. An enharmonic is one pitch that has two different names. Watch this quick video to help you understand more about enharmonics. If you liked this lesson don’t forget to sign-up for … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 4 – Piano Keyboard

The piano keyboard consists of 88 keys. 52 are white, called the naturals, and 36 are black, called the enharmonics, or flats and sharps. The keyboard is arranged in a pattern of 12 notes, with 2 incomplete patterns on each … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 3 – Bass Clef

Download a free Treble & Bass Clef Note poster here. Practice the bass clef with the Interactive Bass Clef Tool If you liked this lesson don’t forget to sign-up for the free One Minute Music Lesson newsletter. With your subscription you … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 2 – Treble Clef

Download a free Treble & Bass Clef Note poster here. If you liked this lesson don’t forget to sign-up for the free One Minute Music Lesson newsletter. With your subscription you will also receive a free copy of the eBook “How … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 1 – Pitch

To understand pitch better take a look at the video above and download the free pitch poster. If you liked this lesson don’t forget to sign-up for the free One Minute Music Lesson newsletter. With your subscription you will also receive a … Continue reading

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