Reading Music Series

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Reading Music SeriesI hear regularly that many people are trying to learn music theory on their own in an effort to learn how to improve their music reading skills.

They search the internet, buy lots of books, and ask different teachers.

Does this sound familiar?

Everything is going okay for awhile until they run into a wall.

The wall of deep frustration.

Of course, much of the information that is being absorbed makes sense at first.  The problem is when you keep adding to that knowledge base, but not sequentially.

Everything gets jumbled up together and your left in a state of confusion.

I call this Swiss cheese syndrome…

Swiss Cheese

A Swiss cheese brain has lots of little places that need to be completed for everything to make sense.

There is some good, solid learning in there, but there’s also a lot of holes and gaps that need to be filled in.

To help you push past the Swiss cheese syndrome, my idea was to start a series on reading music.

Introducing the Reading Music Series

This series will start with the very basics and move into the more complicated stuff.

Even though you may think you are beyond some of these introductory ideas, you may be surprised to find some things that have been missing in your learning.

I am also talking to those that have studied music privately in the past.  I bet there have been some things that have been left out along the way.

Weekly Lessons

Each week you will see new lessons posted right here.  Each lesson will be centered on 1 concept that builds systematically and as orderly as possible.

In other words, we’re going to fill in the gaps of what you need to know first before going deeper and deeper into the large ocean of music theory.

Don’t worry, I won’t let you get completely lost.  I’ve got a life preserver nearby in case you need it…

Stay Tuned In

In the first lesson, we are going to talk about the music staff.  What is it?  How do you read it?  Why do we have it?

Stay tuned in to find out all of these answers and a whole lot more.

UPDATE: Please visit the Music Theory Lessons For Beginners page to read the entire series.

3 Replies to “Reading Music Series”

Maurice Ninham

Carpal tunnel syndrome ended my ability to play rhythm guitar. I taught myself chords on electric keyboard and became proficient enough to play keyboards with a CW/Rock band and to accompany self in church solos.
Anxious to progress beyond current state–75 year old retired male, still love to learn and would love to learn more performance tips for piano.
Mauriced

linda vomberg

Maurice, did you play in a band called the palominos in the treasure club for erv and aggie in the sixties?

I agree completely, and I love Gruye8re too. You shloud try Beaufort from Savoie if you get a chance. It seems closer to Gruye8re than Comte9. One of my favorites!

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