Written music is an art almost as old as music itself. It has been passed down through generations for thousands of years, and its form was gradually perfected into the notation we know and love today.
Do you want to learn how to read sheet music with ease? Here we will present you with a few simple and practical tips that will assist you in doing so not just with basic notation, but with advanced descriptions for expression, timbre or special effects.
Start with the Basics
All notes are represented on the five dots and four spaces that make up the staff. It’s not easy to learn different musical signs and symbols but with some practice it can be mnastered. To start out with the basics in music notation you have to learn about basic symbols regarding the staff, the notes, the four clefs (treble, bass, alto and tenor) and the representation of timing and notes of different lengths determining the speed at which a song is played or sung.
Once you learn about these basic representations you will already know enough to read simple sheet music and maybe even play along with a musical instrument.
The Essentials That Every Beginner Has to Master
To learn to read sheet music like a real professional, there are a few important music notation “secrets” you have to be aware of. Let’s take a short glance at these:
- The speed of note recognition will determine how fluidly you can learn to read sheet music. For this purpose it’s important to practice identifying note names by memory based on their position on the staff.
- Learn about the two basic categories of rhythmic meter: simple and compound.
- It’s important to keep a practice journal that will help you practice your music reading skills as efficiently as possible.
- Take a music notation lesson from a professional music teacher, or use a known learning method such as the Just-in-Time learning method to avoid being overwhelmed and exhausted throughout your practice sessions.
With these tips, you should be able to learn to read music with ease within a month or two. Depending solely on your dedication and ability to challenge yourself, your music reading skills alone can take you very far in your career.