How To Read Music
In this module you get great tools for learning, practicing and getting on the fast track to reading music.
Learn why a recorder is the perfect instrument for this course, how to set it up, where to place your fingers and make your first sound.
Now we begin to go step by step in understanding the “math” of music. No more guessing, you’ll read notes correctly and in time.
Just like you learned to read and write, you’ll do the same with the music language, naturally and at your own pace.
This is what makes the SSP system so powerful. There are play-along songs for every note, rhythm and concept.
Our one-note-@-a-time process introduces Second Space A, the Whole Note and finger exercises to help apply them.
Part of reading music is following directions, sort of like reading a map. This sign says “Play it Again.”
An experienced musician knows how to connect notes, giving the effect of longer sounds. Module 8 shows you exactly how.
The best musicians don’t just read and play their notes, they also match the musicians around them. Listen and blend.
So far, all of our notes have been made up of full beats. Now we cut the beat in half – into 2 equal parts. You already know the sound.
Your play-along songs include a variety of musical styles. Module 11 helps you hear and perform them even better.
As you learn to listen analytically, even if you get lost, hearing other instruments can get you back on track.
Every notation element has a valuable purpose. The dot, while it looks like a period, gives a note 1/2 more of its value.
A composer knows how fast or slow their music should go. These terms help you play music at the intended speed/tempo.
Reading a musical composition is much like following a map. This module gives us a few tools to reach our destination.
Music isn’t just soft or loud. There are many levels in between. Here’s a few terms to broaden your DYNAMICS.
In this module, we slice a beat into FOUR equal parts. This layer of rhythm is essential for your music reading.
(aka “The Vibe Guy”) is an American vibraphonist, percussionist, drummer and composer. Ray Hair, President of the American Federation of Musicians says, “I would categorize his musicianship and performance ability to rate among the top five (5) percent of all professional musicians throughout the United States and Canada”.
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