The Process of Reading Music
Reading music doesn't have to be as difficult as most people new to music try to make it out to be. We totally understand though how people can tend to see reading music as something that is impossible at first glance, but it really is only as hard as you allow it to be. In one of our other articles we discussed a lot of the basics in "How to Read Sheet Music “ and you can view that article by clicking the topic we just mentioned.
What we intend to do here is continue to build on the article we mentioned before and take you a step further in being able to understand reading music. Therefore, if you haven't taken the time to read the preceding article, we suggest you might want to check that one out first. If you are ready to continue with some other topics that will help you in reading music we will continue now and get right into our next topic.
Following the notes on the sheet is like taking a journey.
If you think of a sheet music for a song as a journey then you should have no problem with realizing that you will need to progress through it one step or note at a time. Every note that you play in the song has its own values and you will need to just remember to hold each note sound only for the amount of time allotted for it represented in the music. For more reading about note values, check out the information provided by clicking HERE.
Learn how to do everything a little faster.
Of course, not every song is the same pace. Therefore, you will need to learn how to make sure that you are able to play all the correct notes and for the correct amount of time just a little quicker or slower even. Taking the time out to really rehearse pacing will be the biggest key to being able to focus on the note values no matter what the pace of the song is. Another word for this is syncopation. You can read more about syncopation by clicking HERE.
As you learn how to play all the notes you have to remember to also know how to take a rest.
We don't mean you should go to sleep in the middle of a song or anything (even though some songs might give you enough time to do so). You have to learn that there are also rest symbols on the sheet music they serve somehow as a stop sign when you are moving through the song. Learning the value counts for these will also keep you right on track. To learn more about the notes and rests click HERE to read about that.
Those are some of the very best things we can share with you right away to get you on the right path of reading music. There of course are many other things you are going to need to know, but you will not be able to learn the other more complicated things in sheet music without knowing these things. Make sure that you bookmark this page so that you are able to refer back to the things taught here as well as check out some other topics to the right of this article.