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The Piano Player, Issue #37 -- Improve Your Music Note Reading
May 31, 2018

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The Piano Player--Issue #37, May 2018

In This Issue: Improve Your Music Note Reading

Improve Your Music Note Reading

It's always a good idea to set aside some time to practice note reading. If done regularly, you will improve every time!

I sightread at every lesson lots and lots of pieces for my students to select for their repertoire. This has for me been a great way to master sight reading.

The key point is "lots of music".

Here's how to succeed:

Selecting many, short and easy pieces, after learning some clever strategies for note reading in the articles below, and putting aside some time every day for- let's say a month?- a surefire recipe for note reading success!

Give it a go!

How to Read Piano Music Better

The skill of reading piano music fluently is important to master as you are studying a piece of music. This is a process that starts with decoding the notes, or the patterns of the notes in the piece.

Remember that this process of learning the notes is just one of many, and knowing how to read the notes of a piece doesn’t actually mean you know the piece yet.

But we do want to master learning the notes of a composition as quickly as possible, so we can focus on expression and how to interpret the piece...

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How to Read Piano Notes Faster

Happy news! There are easier ways to read piano notes!

When learning a new piano piece it is important to learn the piano notes as soon as possible, so that we can focus more on expressing the music itself. To learn a music composition fast, first of all you need to learn to identify musical patterns.

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6 Steps to Play Piano and Read Music

Learning how to play piano and read music at the same time can be frustrating both for beginners and more advanced players.

As a piano teacher i see my students fall in either group; the students who easily read and play, but has some trouble memorizing, and the students who has a really hard time keeping their eyes on the notes, but easily memorizes.

But keep in mind that balance is good: you need to be both a good note reader and take the time to memorize and learn to play things by ear.

Here are 6 Steps to help you play and read at the same time!

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Piano Playing Q & A

Hi Maria, What a wonderful and extremely informative E - Zine. You have done a superb job in putting this together.

I am in the process of trying to teach myself to read music and your email has arrived just at the right time. I have taken your advice and am currently awaiting the arrival of Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Complete Self Study Guide.

One thing you may be able to assist with. As you are very aware, with the piano we have two staves. I'm having difficulty following the two staves at the same time. Do you have any tips on how to follow the two at the same time please.

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Sheet Music of the Month

Here are great resources with free piano sheet music for beginners. I have selected some of the best sites where you'll find printable sheet music for piano in classical and popular styles.

Tip: The easier pieces are great to use for practicing sight-reading!

Free Printable Sheet Music Resources

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Happy Practicing!

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