Here are a few thoughts about why I think it’s important to learn how to read music. Of course, this is just my opinion based on my own experience and that of many people I have taught throughout the last several years.
Are you having trouble reading and understanding certain rhythms in your music? The most effective way for you to truly master rhythm is by isolating it. Let me show you how to do this. It’s easier than you think!
You know you’ve found a dotted quarter note when you see a quarter note with a dot beside it. Just as you might suspect, the name itself describes exactly what it looks like. A dotted quarter note is worth 1 1/2 beats total. Let’s go figure it out…
If you’re having trouble recognizing the notes on the staff, one way of learning them quicker is by using music flash cards. Get yourself a set and then use the 3 Good Ones In-A-Row method to speed up the learning process.
Eighth notes look similar to quarter notes, except they are connected by a beam. It takes a group of two eighth notes beamed together to equal one quarter note in the 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4 time signatures. That means this group of eighth notes must sound evenly over 1 beat.