How to read music: To be able to read music is an important aspect of learning to play the piano, and it’s not as difficult as it comes across at first glance.
Though many would argue that sight-reading is not a must to be able to play the piano, I would say that there are many advantages to learning it.
Besides, it is not very difficult to understand the basics of written music, with some practice you should be able to do well.
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Here are some suggestions on how to read piano music.
Notes on the StaffLearn to recognize the notes on the staff. The notes on the lines and the spaces (both treble as well as bass) can be remembered with the help of mnemonics. Learn those mnemonics; it will help you to recognize the notes immediately while playing.
Both clefs togetherLearn to see the notes from both the clefs together as you play. Initially you may learn a piece one clef at a time if you find it difficult to play both the clefs together, but it would be a good habit to develop, to be able to play notes from both the clefs together.
Look aheadYou will need to constantly look ahead if you want continuity while playing, this is the secret of how to read music. This is a habit that you will need to develop else you will have to constantly pause till you eyes fall on the next set of notes.
Learn the patternsLearn the duration of the various types of notes/rests. Learn to recognize the patterns that are formed when tied notes, eighth or sixteenth notes are involved. The patterns will help you to play the correct timings for the notes that are involved.
Slow the tempoWhen you start attempting a song, you need not play at the tempo that is specified. Learn the song at a tempo that you are comfortable with and then speed up the tempo.
There are some excellent piano learning software programs that will help you get started on the piano; these include a combination of books, audio, and video lessons which means you can learn piano from the comfort of your own home.
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