How to Read Music at Lightning Speed (Quick and Easy Guide) – Part 1

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Have you tried to learn reading music and got frustrated? You're not alone.

In this guide, I will show you how to read music super fast.

This method will teach you to see and immediately recognize any music note without all the usual hassle of the traditional method of learning to read music.

All you have to do is follow every step in this guide and you will be reading music in no time.

Let's get started:

The "Secret" to my approach

My name is: "Dele" (pronounced "day-lah"). I hope when you read my name, you didn't read it like as: D – E – L – E. You read it as one word/group.

This is the "secret" to reading music:

You see notes as groups, not as individuals. This is why the traditional method is slow and frustrating.

You are taught to see notes as individuals, you try to memorize mnemonics (Every Good Boy Does Fine?) and count lines and spaces. That's just too slow!

We won't doing any of that.

We will be seeing and identifying notes instantly.

First things first:

See this:

Music Lines and Space

It's called staff.

This is what music notes are written on; all we need to know for now is:

It has 5 lines and 4 spaces.

Take a few minutes to memorize that.

One quick point on memorizing effectively:

Always say what you're memorizing out loud. For example, for this you say: staff has 5 Lines and 4 spaces.

Got that, let's move on.

1st Note Group: E – B – F

We start with this:

Now say this out loud:

Top line is F

Middle line is B

Botton line is E

Remember, don't just say it on your head, say it out loud.

This makes it stick. Trust me, it's very effective.

Repeat it a few times, really visualize E – B – F. Close your eyes, say it, think of it — you get the idea.

When you're comfortable with this 1st group, move on to the next group. Don't proceed if you're not able to identify where E, B and F is on the staff.

The Next Group: D – G

Looks like this:

We do the same thing we did for E – B – F .

2nd line is G

4th line is D

Don't get confused, we're reading it from top to bottom.

When you're comfortable with this, let put it all together

We have: E – G – B – D – F.

Again, you'd sayin this out loud:

Top Line is F

4th Line is D

Middle line is B

Second Line is G

Bottom line is E

Be sure you can see the groups: "E(bottom) B(middle) F(top)" and "D(4) G(2)".

This is important to quickly identifying this. We are trying to read as group not individually.

This is all the notes on the lines of staff. 5 of them.

How to See and Remember this for Life

Now to the most important part, don't skip on this.

To solidify what you've just learnt, we will use a technique called spaced repitition to practice1)I strongly recommend you read this article to understand the principle behind this method, here: https://www.supermemo.com/english/princip.htm with a great tool called Anki.

Do this:

  1. Watch this video on how to use Anki.
  2. Download Anki
  3. Download and install this flash card specially made for this guide (If you're not sure how to do this, follow this guide)

Practice, and Practice

Now it's your turn:

Practice with Anki and the flash card you just downloaded.

Practice this for a few days. You're set when you can recognize any of those notes instantly.

Some Exercises

With your practice, you should now be able to fluently identify these:

How did you do reading this?

In our next series, we will learn how to read the spaces just as fast too. Looking to see you there.

Let me know how you did in the comments.

Continue to Part 2 (reading the spaces)

References   [ + ]

1. I strongly recommend you read this article to understand the principle behind this method, here: https://www.supermemo.com/english/princip.htm

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