Hi One Minute Music Lesson Fans, Everyday I get emails from people looking for the secrets to reading music. And I know what you're thinking ... there are no secrets it just takes years to learn it. Well to be frank that is false. There are short cuts to learning how to read music and here are 4 of the best kept secrets of knowledgable music teachers.
The 4 Secrets To Learning to Read Music for the Beginner
1. The Locations of the Notes and Improving your Speed of Recognition
Music is written on a staff, the five lines and 4 spaces where notes are placed on. You probably already knew that. The staff contains the notes and the names and locations of these notes are defined by the clef symbol (The treble, bass, alto or tenor). Some instruments use just one of these clefs and other instruments use more than one of these clefs.
The real secret is to reading the position of the notes on the staff is learning to identify the note names by memory and to do that you need to get faster and faster at seeing a note and knowing its name until it just becomes second nature to you the same way that you are reading the words on this page. Here are four customized exercises I have created to practice getting faster at reading notes: Treble Clef, Bass Clef, Alto Clef and Tenor Clef.
2. Understanding the Two Main Categories of Rhythmic Meter
Musical rhythm is based on a system of meters. There are only two basic types of meter: Simple and Compound. I have create five One Minute Music Lessons (Lessons #14-19) that explain these two types of meter. You can watch them here: Time Signatures, Simple Meter, Compound Meter, Counting Simple Meter and Counting Compound Meter.
3. You Need a Plan for Practicing the Skills of Reading Music
Learning to read music requires practice. Practicing efficiently requires a plan. You can use a practice journal to practice much more efficiently. Click here to get a free practice journal and learn how to use it.
4. You Must Use a Just-in-time Learning Method to Prevent Burnout and Overwhelm.
To stay motivated to learn how to read music you must use a just-in-time learning method. This simply means you need to learn each step, in order, and practice each step before moving to the next. There are many books that teach using this method but I think my book How to Read Music Easily in 30 Days is the only structured book that combines just-in-time learning that is designed for total beginners that can teach you how to read easy and advanced sheet music. Get the first 10 chapters of my book now by signing up for my free email newsletter.
Using these 4 secrets combined you can learn to read music efficiently and much faster than most people would think was even possible.
Thanks for reading the One Minute Music Lesson and remember ... almost for got, for those asking about the Alto Saxophones, you try the alto saxophones here, good luck!!
Practice Smart, not hard.