Bonus Tips for Reading Music
You’ve made it to the end of the guide! At this point you have learned how to read music – awesome!
You’ve still got some work to do though, because now you have to put your newfound talents to work and practice, practice, practice.
To help you gain mastery we’ve put together some bonus tips for reading music:
Tip #1: Resist the Urge to Write Notes on Sheet Music
Reading sheet music should be as natural as reading the words on this page. You’ll get there, but while you’re learning it is challenging to quickly understand notes and you’ll be tempted to write the note names on your sheet music.
Do not do this.
Writing note names creates a bad habit where each time you learn a new piece of music you will decipher it like a code and then read off your handwriting – this the opposite of reading music naturally.
It is okay to write the occasional problematic note down. Maybe a song will have a note on a very high or low ledger line and every time you get to that place you find yourself pausing to think about the note. In this case go ahead and write the note name beside it but do not make a habit of doing so.
Tip #2: Be Patient When Practicing
Learning how to read music is like learning a new language: At first it is slow going but before long the pace will pick up.
In the coming weeks and months reading music will become second nature, just give yourself time to get there.
Tip #3: Practice Frequently
If you’re learning to read sheet music you’re probably playing an instrument too – maybe piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, or one of many other instruments. You might also be a producer, but either way it is essential that you apply what you have learned by regularly practicing.
Reading music is not so different from riding a bike: Once you have it down the skill sticks with you forever…but you have to nail it first.
We sincerely hope you have enjoyed this guide.