Getting Started

So you’ve decided that you want to learn how to read sheet music – that’s excellent news! Learning to read music is definitely going to take your musicianship onto a whole new level. I want to help you achieve 3 aims with the videos, lessons and other resources on this site.

  1. To help you to avoid the frustration that most people have when learning to read music
  2. To help you learn how to read music quickly
  3. To help you perform and compose music of a higher standard straight away because of your newly acquired understanding of sheet music

Keep It Fun – keep it practical

However, the big challenge is this – most students find music theory boring! This is mainly because they have been told that the way to learn theory is to sit down with a book and…well, just learn it as though it is some separate subject. This is the way music theory has been taught for years, but it is NOT a very effective means of learning. It certainly is not the way to learn how to read sheet music.

Sheet music is like a language…it needs to be spoken out loud and not just read. It needs to be made practical

So, as you start learning how to read music please remember to keep it practical. Keep your instrument close by so that you can try out all of the different things you are discovering in my lessons. Playing the things you are learning is so important to developing your understanding of the musical language. If you have access to a piano or keyboard then I would strongly suggest trying to use this in your learning as it will give you a very strong foundation. If not, I have put a link to a free online keyboard on my resources page.

I hope you find the videos, articles and music theory worksheets on this site helpful. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about learning how to read sheet music.

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