How To Read Music Made Easy
Learning to read music can be rather daunting, especially if you haven’t had any music lessons before. While it is important to realise that there is no quick fix, it is something anyone can do with practice when broken down into easy steps.
In this post I hope to dispel a few myths, and hopefully give enough encouragement for one or two new beginners to take the plunge and have a go.
How To Read Music: Getting started
When you start to learn music theory it’s usually because you are learning an instrument. This is the best way to begin, as you learn to read the notes as you play. In the early lessons you’ll learn the note values and note names. You do this by practicing simple repetitive exercises that allow you to absorb the new information as you go.
Even if you are learning to play a different instrument, it is never a waste to learn the notes on a keyboard. The keyboard provides a visual way to link the theory to a real sound, and to see the intervals (steps between the notes) as you play them.
When you first try to read a piece of music, you should approach it in a systematic way. Look out for the visual clues before attempting to play. With young children, I always say they are being detectives, trying to solve a mystery.
Like learning any new skill, practice is key. Practice is always best ‘little and often’. Learning to read music should be approached in the same way as learning to read words, with a clear strategy and gradual progression of level.