How To Read Music

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Module 1: Prepare to Succeed

In this module you get great tools for learning, practicing and getting on the fast track to reading music. logo for website

Module 2: Why the Recorder?

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. logo for website

Module 3: Reading Music

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. logo for website

Module 4: See it, Say it, Play it

Just like you learned to read and write, you’ll do the same with the music language, naturally and at your own pace. logo for website

Module 5: Play-along Songs

This is what makes the SSP system so powerful. There are play-along songs for every note, rhythm and concept.

Reading music notes involves quarter notes. The quarter note gets one count. It looks like a half note, but the circle is blacked in. 4 quarters equal a whole - so 4 quarter notes equal a whole note. © 2018 Vibe Guy Music, LLC.

Module 6: Cover the Hole, Play the Whole

Our one-note-@-a-time process introduces Second Space A, the Whole Note and finger exercises to help apply them.

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Module 7: Repeat Sign

Part of reading music is following directions, sort of like reading a map. This sign says “Play it Again.” logo for website

Module 8: Tie it All Together

An experienced musician knows how to connect notes, giving the effect of longer sounds. Module 8 shows you exactly how. logo for website

Module 9: Building Musician Skills

The best musicians don’t just read and play their notes, they also match the musicians around them. Listen and blend.

Reading music notes must include silence. Silence is notated with rests. The eighth rest is equivalent to the eighth note. © 2018 Vibe Guy Music, LLC.

Module 10: Eighth Notes

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.

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Module 11: Musical Styles

Your play-along songs include a variety of musical styles. Module 11 helps you hear and perform them even better. logo for website

Module 12: The Band Gives Clues

As you learn to listen analytically, even if you get lost, hearing other instruments can get you back on track. logo for website

Module 13: Dotted Notes

Every notation element has a valuable purpose. The dot, while it looks like a period, gives a note 1/2 more of its value. logo for website

Module 14: Tempo Markings

A composer  knows how fast or slow their music should go. These terms help you play music at the intended speed/tempo. logo for website

Module 15: Signs & Symbols

Reading a musical composition is much like following a map. This module gives us a few tools to reach our destination. logo for website

Module 16: Softly & Loudly

Music isn’t just soft or loud. There are many  levels in between. Here’s a few terms to broaden your DYNAMICS. logo for website

Module 17: Sixteenth Notes

In this module, we slice a beat into FOUR equal parts. This layer of rhythm is essential for your music reading. logo for website

Module 18: Bonus Lessons

This is extra material not included in the course. It’s beyond our scope. But, if you’re curious, dig in.

how to read music-see it, say it, play it by Paul Babelay
Paul Babelay - author of How To Read Music: See it, Say it, Play it.

Paul Babelay


(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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