Really want to learn how to read sheet music for piano… I heard it makes everything a lot easier.
When people are asked if they wish they could have done one thing in their life, the response is almost always that they wished they could learn how to read music. There is something magical about a classical score. To hear a piece written by Mozart or Chopin evokes a whole range of emotions in us. It is as if melody is a language that everyone can understand no matter what their mother tongue is. The same piece can make a room tearful and then euphoric within moments of one another; it is a power that the musician has to convey meaning through their pieces. They make it sound so beautiful and we always wish that we could join in and have the same power.
It just seems way too hard to learn how to play an instrument.
Although it is difficult to learn to read a score from a sheet at first, it can be done with practice if you follow these rules.
The melody speaks to us, and like any language if you can put words in then it becomes much easier to understand. Each note in a scale is denoted a letter between A and G which means that we can very readily allow ourselves to create words and phrases with them. Reading the left hand scale upwards, for example, if we look at the gaps between the lines we find that the notes are A, C, E and G. You can read the first three as a word and make another out of the last one, for example, ACE Girl. Whenever you get stuck, you can remember the word and apply it to the scale.
Some of us find it a bit more difficult to deal with words.
This is through no fault of our own but is simply because we learn in different ways. More artistically minded people find that it is much easier to listen to a piece whilst looking at the score in front of you. By following the notes we attach a sound to them, in the same way that we learn to talk by applying words to pictures. We are then able to get further pieces and have a idea as to how each note should sound – gradually over time you learn to attach the scales on the score to the notes on your instrument.
Nobody said it was easy, but if you learn how to read music then you will find it is a skill that will stay with you for the rest of your life. And if you want to discover the fastest, easiest way to learn how to read music, try Speedy Music Reading.