Reading Two Staves at the Same Time

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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by: Arthur

Hi Maria,

Thank you for your prompt reply.

Well that makes perfect sense to "zig - zag" up and down. At times my eyes seem to have a mind of their own....:-\ Oh well give it time.

Thank you for the links. I hadn't seen them before and even though they may be for complete beginners sometimes it pays to step back a bit and look at the basics. I feel sure in my case these links will help.

Once again, thank you for your help.


by: Maria

Hello there Arthur!

Thanks for your kind words, I really appreciate it!:)

Yes, I think Alfred's is a good book to start learning music theory. When it comes to reading two staves, you gradually train your eyes to "zig-zag" up and down between the two as you learn to read music. I can recommend to start with a useful sight-reading book like: Improve Your Sight Reading, and practice a little every day.

Have you tried my two introductory lessons about learning to read music?:

1.Learn to Read Piano Music

2.Reading Music Notes

The lessons are really for complete beginners, but they focus on helping you to read by pattern and block reading, as well as developing the "zig-zag" eye movement.

You can also check out: How to Play Piano and Read Music

All the best and good luck with your note reading,

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