Reading Music Primer



When you look at a page or a piece of music, what does it look like to you?

Does it look like the Black Plague is eating the paper?

Or does it look like an Alien Language?

Reading music is really not all that bad. There are a variety of ways to learn how, but I believe that I've figured out the best way to learn quickly, easily and without the face-bashing frustration that seems to be so common with many theory classes.

I started when I was beginning to play the bass.

In my band book, I used to write the note names across the top of the page, in hopes that my mind might just absorb the note names and let me get at the music without making me feel stupid.

Seriously, I hated those dots :(

However, you can learn how I was able to get through all of the crap and learn to read music like I do any other language.

The reason that you would want to learn is pretty singular: You want to be able to play, and have other people play, what either you or someone else has written.

What if you're listening to a CD or the radio one day and you hear a beautiful piano piece? You find out what it is and you do a search online for it........

Wait, there is a piece of sheet music for it already! You don't have to do much more searching; The music has been written down for you to play!

However, you can't read music! How will you learn this piece (Especially if it's ridiculously Complex)?

Simple. Learn to Read Music.

It takes a little practice, but it's mostly all about how you approach the notes.

If you don't want to have to go though all of the mind-numbing exercises that band class would have you do, you should read my section. It is the quickest way that I've learned on how to learn.

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