Reading Piano Music
Reading piano music can be done much faster by first of all
“mapping out” the piece.
By looking at the whole piece, and “mapping out”
similar or parts that are the same, you will not only get an overview of
the piece but you can also avoid getting stuck in the beginning
Psychology. When starting out with a new piece it is
easy to feel confused, and to see the score only as a huge bunch of black "dots".
Working with the first few measures and (usually) learning them
properly; that is hands separately, playing slowly and such, will make
that fist part feel “homey and cozy”.
It creates a certain satisfaction of actually reading piano music and being able to play at least a little bit of the piece.
What happens when we feel good about something? We want to do it again, and again…
The rest of the piece will now feel even more intimidating to learn, since the first part sounds so gooood… You get the idea. Almost all beginner piano students are struggling in this way when reading piano music. So, what to do?