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The Piano Player, Issue #57 Read Piano Notes Better
May 05, 2021
Tips & Tools for Piano Players
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"The Piano Player"-- Issue #57, May 2021
In This Issue:
Learn to Read Piano Notes BetterHello,
In this issue, we'll focus on something we all can do better and practice more of; note reading! Although the first two lessons are for absolute beginners, I think even a more experienced piano "beginner" could perhaps get some tips and pointers.
It's a good idea for any pianist, regardless of level, to set aside a few minutes each day to practice note reading. Make sure to select pieces that are easier to play than what you could play to avoid "stuttering" as you read.
In the end, there is a collection of free sheet music you could perhaps print and use for note reading practice!
Happy Reading and Practicing!
How to Read Piano Notes BetterMusical notes and symbols are what we use to write down sounds and silences.
Did you know that a single musical note can show us two things?
How high or low (pitch) the sound is.How long or short (duration) the note is.
Learn to read piano notes! Here is a crash course in basic music theory and note reading.
Master the Treble Clef Notes & Printable Flash CardsThe Treble clef is the symbol that shows the notes that are higher pitched. (Treble means high pitch.) The G or treble clef has gone through many transformations through time.
The treble clef is also called the G clef since it "circles" around the line where the note treble G is.
So, if you know the music alphabet; A, B, C, D, E, F, G forward and backward, and you now know that the treble clef shows us G; you actually know all the rest of the notes as well!
Learn to read treble clef notes quickly with clever note identification exercises. In this lesson, you can also print free flashcards to continue practicing by yourself!
Read Piano Music in Theory vs PracticeWhen starting to read music, all beginner pianists have to learn the names of the notes. Learning how to count note values and the rhythm is important as well.
Both these skills are fundamental for being able to read and play sheet music. And this theoretical part of learning to read piano music is also what most piano students are acquainted with.
But, when actually playing and practicing, it's essential to understand that trying to decode each note name at the same time as you play, and trying to count the exact value of a note, will actually stop you from playing well...!
Got Piano Questions?
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Piano Playing Q & A
Piano Question of the Month
Question on Music RepeatsHi, I would like to ask a question about piano notation of Repeat Marks. I have a song with a sequence that goes like this:
1. CHORUS2. Stanza A3. Repeat CHORUS4. Stanza B5. Repeat CHORUS6. CODA
I put an End Repeat sign after Stanza A so that it repeats the Chorus, but what symbol should I use to jump from Sequence 3 (1st repeat of Chorus) to Stanza B?
Piano Sheet Music
Printable Sheet Music for PianoSometimes you just want one piece of lovely printable sheet music to play, and perhaps not a whole book... Printable online sheets are a quick way to get something fun to play!
Below you will find links to collections of popular and classical sheet music for piano, ragtime music, and more. Some that you can even print and practice note reading right away!
Comments? Ideas? Feedback?I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this newsletter and tell me what you think or what you'd like to read more about.
Your Online Piano Coach,
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