This is taking me so long! I’ve become remarkably better since my last entry, but still I don’t master it and I don’t think my reading is fluent yet. I can read faster, but I’m still at the level of reading note by note, instead of figures, like reading letter by letter, instead of words and sentences. It doesn’t seem like I will learn this without doing focused work. I’ll try to find tutorials that go beyond the basics. Maybe I should put some sight reading into my daily practice too. 9 months ago
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How I did it: As a young person, my parents got me a musical note-reader ("note-speller"). My music teacher assigned me a few pages each week that I was to complete.
Yet someone reading this is surely saying, "But you were young! How can I learn this when I may be more "young-at-heart" than "young in years"? Glad you asked! Thanks to the Internet, you can learn to read music (or "read musical notes", if you prefer) in a matter of a few weeks (occasional practice), a few days (more frequent practice), or in a matter of...yes! In a few hours (more immediate, diligent practice). Best of all, here is a link to a completely free website (and no, I found it on google -- and I myself have nothing -- "nada", "zip" -- to do with it, since I was simply looking for a free website to help others learn to do this quickly). That website is:
Very cool! If you know your "ABCs" -- actually, if you know only from A to G (so yes, that would include the letters in-between A and G), then... you're all set!
As a person with a graduate degree in music, I could only have wished that there were such speedy ways to learn things -- and at no charge ("for free"!) -- when I was a young person, first learning to read music.
The cool thing about that website (above) is that you can choose to set it for treble clef (that would be the notes *above* Middle C, which is close to the middle of a piano keyboard, for those who may not know), or for the bass clef (that would be the notes *below* Middle C on the piano keyboard).
That site will show you how many you are getting correct, as well as a percentage that you have gotten correct. Very handy indeed! (And all with NO piano/private music teacher -- or their lesson charges!)
(A few of you may still be wondering why I should share this! Would you believe: Others have been very kind and generous to me, and I would like to pass that kindness, their generosity on to others ("pay it forward", as some might say). Read how I did it… 18 months ago