Today’s topic is about note reading and specifically how to read our piano notes faster than we are right now. This is important in our playing because it allows us to sight read easier, learn a new piece faster, and figure out chords and even rhythms easier.
Learning our notes is one of the first things that we learn when we start playing the piano. We learn how to read the notes in our music and then where they are on the keyboard.
We always start out slowly when we learn anything new on the piano…at least we’re supposed to. That’s the best way to securely learn what we’re working on. Later, we can play faster as we get more comfortable with where our notes are on the piano.
If you need a review of general note reading for beginners, take a little time to go through these two videos so you’ll have everything refreshed in your mind and fingers before moving to this next step.
An important aspect of music theory comes into service here as we learn what an interval is and how we can read notes faster by looking at the intervals instead of each individual note.
When we read individual notes in our piano music we tend to look at each one individually because they aren’t grouped together.
Learning our intervals gives us a short cut in our note reading. When we move into more advanced playing, most of our music is going to have a lot of chords in it; either in one hand or sometimes both hands at the same time.
It’s the same with note reading. The basic foundation is learning each individual note and where it is on the keyboard; in two different clefs! We then learn to put those notes together to make a scale, and then learn how to play them non-consecutively – as in arpeggios.
Next comes chords which are just notes stacked on top of each other instead of spread out individually throughout each measure. We can have just one chord in each measure or we can have multiple chords in each measure; and they can be in one or both clefs.
Go slowly through this video and take time to learn your intervals. The surest way to do anything fast on the piano is to learn it …slowly.
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