Read Music Now
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More than 60 pages of instructional text
and music logically leading you step by step through the development of skills that enable you to read music.
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Read Music Now
This book is for all who wanted to learn to read music and thought they couldn't - AND - for all who still want to learn to read music but don't yet know they CAN!
This is NOT "another piano method"
This is a common
sense approach to
is for kids. It is for adults.
If you can READ WORDS and TYPE, then you already have the SKILLS you need to begin to learn to read sheet music and play a piano or synthesizer.
Reading sheet music is very easy. There are only a few symbols to learn and understand. So here we go!
But first, you MUST have a piano or synthesizer by your computer, so...go get one. Portable keyboards can be purchased from many music stores for little more than $100. Got one? OK, let us begin.
|As you look at a piano,
organ, synthesizer or accordian keyboard, you see a lot of
and black keys. There are really only 12 -- 5
black keys and 7 white keys.
The rest are repeated just like the the group of 12 keys in the picture
Look at the black keys.
Notice the group of 2 (left) and the
group of 3 (right).
As you look at the keyboard below, you can see that each 12-key group is identical. Each has 7 white keys and 5 black keys. The lower sounds are toward the left; the higher sounds are toward the right. Notice, again, the groups of 2 and 3 black keys.
Did you notice that the white keys do not all look alike? There are three different white key shapes.
This keyboard layout helps you see where your fingers go while you are learning to know the keys "by feel."
The notation symbols in sheet music show you two things:
But, how do you know when to play the BLACK keys??
When the composer or songwriter wants a particular black key played, he/she will write a "flat" sign ON the line or space right in front of the note head.
When you see a flat in front of a note head, you don't play the white key shown by the line or space.
Instead, you play the black key just to the left of that white key.
(there is more in the book)
Moving On ........
Now you have a basic overview of how it works. You don't need to "really KNOW it" yet. The next sections will cover more detail and help it to all make sense. Furthermore, you will be READING Music.
Next, you will learn about the two elements (long/short and high/low) separately.
Then put them together.
Begin now with the Beats & Rhythm section.
1. No Sharps and natural
symbols - only flats are used. This eliminates the early confusion of enharmonics,
allowing the notation of all twelve notes to work more as a "tablature."
Every note that should be flat must have a flat sign in front of it. The
"accidental through the measure" rule is reserved for later. Flats, rather
than sharps, were chosen to allow for a better "flat key diatonic"
Naturals and sharps are introduced later in the book.
2. No Key signatures - By using only accidentals, transpositions and non-tonal materials can be introduced immediately at all 12 transposition levels. This reinforces aural development and assists in keyboard familiarity. Interval recognition and identification, at a later time, becomes a more natural outgrowth. Key signatures are briefly introduced later in the book.
3. Basic Meter Signatures - 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4. No "commom time", "cut time", 6/8 or 2/2 until later in the book.
4. Two-Hand Unison - Czerny knew that few things beat unison playing for developing both coordination and independence of hands and fingers. In this circumstance it also contributes visual reinforcement of pitches at different octaves.
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