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Use Sight Reading Music To Your Advantage

by Tania Gleaves on October 24, 2014

There are some basic steps on how to develop sight reading music. Sight read music simply means easily reading a music piece and putting it into action right away without exerting much thinking effort because the music flows naturally from your sight to your fingers. This skill can be acquired and enhanced by every pianist through constant practice.

The first step to master sight reading music is to find several music pieces that meet your piano skill level or you could also use some music pieces which are a bit easier. Always be sure to use a music piece which is totally new to you because this allows the skill on how to learn to sight read music flow more naturally.

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Sit on the piano and look at the overall music piece and try to understand how the music goes without actually playing it. Look at the notes, chords, time signature, and key signature and play the music’s hymn inside your head. After that, breathe deep and start playing from the beginning. Don’t worry if you make a mistake every now and then because it is only natural. The key here is to keep on going while correcting your mistakes, don’t be frustrated if you hit the wrong notes.

After playing the piece for the first time, repeat the process until you get the hang of it, fewer or no mistakes this time around. When you feel like you are ready to add chords to the notes you are playing, go ahead, this is a perfect time for you to practice chord progression as well. When everything sounds great, start following the time signature and adding some beat to the music you’re playing.

Before you know it, you are playing the music piece without putting much thinking effort as if it flows naturally straight from your sight. This is how sight reading music works. When you have mastered the first music piece, start with a new music piece and put the basic steps into action. When you have honed the sight reading music skill, you can play any music piece thrown at you even in an impromptu performance.

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Key Signatures – A Beginner’s Lesson…

by Tania Gleaves on October 19, 2014

What Determines The Quality And Quantity Of A Song’s Notes

When watching musicians play piano, you may see them refer to a piece of music in the key of “A” or “C.” These letters refer to the key that the music is played in or its key signature. Key signatures are what determines the quality and quantity of a song’s sharps and flats, and if you’ve spent any time playing scales, then you have a pretty good idea of what we’re talking about.

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When you’re asked to play a “C sharp” chord or “G flat” chord for example, you’re being asked to play a group of notes in a particular key. The root key is what determines the remaining keys in a chord and so it is with music. The key signature of a piece of music may be “C sharp” or “G flat” (or any other pitch) and that signature determines the remaining pitches throughout the entire song.

All Key Signatures Contain Sharps And Flats

Now except for the C Major key, all key signatures contain sharps and flats. Because music notation can be rather intricate and confusing — especially in difficult pieces — you won’t see the sharp or flat indicator next to each individual note. This would make sheet music difficult to write and read. Instead, writers use the key signature to indicate the sharps or flats of a note and it’s up to the pianist to know (memorize) those sharps and flats.

Those with Sharps:

  • The sharp in a G key signature is F#.
  • The sharps in a D key signature is F# and C#.
  • In an A key signature, they’re F#, C#, and G#.
  • In the key of E, they’re F#, C#, G#, and D#.
  • F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, and E# are played in an F# key signature
  • In the key of B, F#, C#, G#, D#, A#
  • While the entire group of F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, and B# are played in a C# key signature.

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Csharp Key Signatures   A Beginners Lesson... Key Signature example on the Treble Staff…Apply to the same notes on the Bass staff

Those with Flats:

  • The flat in an F key signature is Bb.
  • The flats in a Bb key signature is Bb and Eb.
  • In an Eb key signature, they’re Bb, Eb, and Ab.
  • In the key of Ab, they’re Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db.
  • Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, and Gb are played in an Db key signature
  • While the entire group of Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, and Cb are played in a Gb key signature.
  • Can you tell what notes the Cb key signature indicates? Pat yourself on the back if you said Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb, and Fb.

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Cflat Key Signatures   A Beginners Lesson... Key Signature example on the Treble Staff…Apply to the same notes on the Bass staff

Position = Pitch

You can find the key signature of a song near the beginning of its notation — right after the clef. Pay close attention to where the sharp and flat signs are located because their positions indicate the proper tones of particular pitches. If you see a sharp sign in the space where the D note is played, that means that the D key will be a sharp D all throughout a song. If you see a flat sign on the line where the B key is played, that means the B key will be a flat B throughout the song as well. This pattern is of course repeated for each and every note.

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Learn To Read Music – A Gentle Introduction…

October 18, 2014

Figuring out how to learn to read music may seem intimidating — especially if you’ve never paid any attention to sheet music before. But once you learn the basics, you’ll discover a whole new world that paves a road of confusing symbols with a coat of comfortable, natural, and perfect logic. This article serves as […]

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Classical Piano Music – Still King in the World of Piano

October 4, 2014

Classical piano music is an enigma in a world full of techno-laden pop slop. A capsule of a bygone era, the music style lives on with ferocious tenacity. The legacy lives on. Generally speaking the age of this style of music spans between 1750 and 1820. During this time master composers such as Bach, Beethoven, […]

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Understanding The Circle of Fifths

October 3, 2014

The circle of fifths, introduced by Johann David Heinichen in 1728, is a visual arrangement of related keys. Although its name gives the impression that it’s a difficult concept to grasp, it’s really just an easy way to remember the number of sharps and flats in a key signature and the major and minor key […]

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Beginner Lessons For Piano – Helpful Tips

September 25, 2014

Beginner lessons for piano will take you far in your quest. But supplementing your lessons with some ‘outside’ or unconventional training will shorten the time it takes to become an expert pianist. It goes without saying that practice makes perfect. However, there are a few additional things that you can do to improve the quality […]

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Various Notes

September 13, 2014

Beaming Notes Music beams are lines that seemingly connect a series of various notes. Since they’re thick and horizontal (as opposed to thin and vertical), they’re more noticeable and intimidating to beginners. Rest assured that beams are nothing to fear – even when sheet music is plastered with them. Music beams actually make notation easier […]

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How to Read Music – Definitions to Help You Learn

September 11, 2014

L earning how to read music is like learning another language. It has its own letters, syntax and grammar. Whether you are learning to play the piano through the classic method or the chord method, you’ll have to be familiar with how to read music. A page of music has a lot of symbols and […]

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Piano Lessons Made Easier – How To Read Music Notes

August 24, 2014

One of the basic lessons of learning to play the piano involves how to read music notes. Reading music notes is like learning your ABC’s. Effectively reading music notes requires you to learn the basic parts of a music sheet; sometimes they call this song sheet. If you look at the music sheet, you will […]

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Music Time Signatures – What Are They?

August 7, 2014

When you start studying piano lessons, you will learn the basic knowledge of music which also includes music time signatures. Time signatures are composed of two numbers in the form of a fraction which tells you the number of notes and the kind of note receiving one beat in each measure. Say what?! That might […]

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