Read Music FAST! Part 2: intervals & key signatures
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Read Music FAST! Part 2: intervals & key signatures

Sequel to my top-rated course, showing you how to read notes in context and decipher key signatures
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Created by Benedict Westenra
Last updated 1/2020
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 11 articles
  • 36 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know what an interval is
  • Recognise 2nds, 3rds, 5ths and octaves in a score and on the keyboard
  • Read a key signature
  • Work out any major scale quickly and easily
  • Work out any minor scale quickly and easily
  • Know what key a piece is in by looking at the key signature
  • ... and know what the key signature is if you know what key the piece is in
Requirements
  • Students need to have completed my "Read Music FAST!" course
Description

"Terrific course with innovative approaches to learning sight reading and beginning music theory, clear explanations and demonstrations, and abundant resource materials, all delivered in a calm, friendly manner. Would give 10 stars if I could. Thank you, Benedict!" - Taome N

"His unique method of understanding scales is, by itself, worth the price of the course. Check it out. Definitely one of the best online classes I’ve taken." – Lynn Kear

"If only every teacher/instructor could make learning this easy for their students." - Nana Okyere

Since I launched my "Read Music FAST!" course 2 years ago people have been asking for a sequel, and I've finally had time to make one. In Part 1 I showed you how to read individual notes really fast using my unique reference note system. In this course I show you how to read notes in context, by getting really good at reading the distance between notes, and how to read and memorise the key signatures, all using lots of worked examples. I also reveal my Red/Blue System for working out major scales which I've been teaching my private students for years but have never published publicly before.

Note: this course does not teach you who to read rhythm. That's a huge subject that will require an entire course to itself!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone wanting to apply the note-reading skills they learned in my "Read Music FAST!" course to real pieces of music
  • This course is *not* for anyone wanting to learn how to read rhythm - I hope to cover that in a later course!
Course content
Expand all 51 lectures 03:50:02
+ Intervals: introduction & unisons
3 lectures 12:33

Note: the file "twinkle_twinkle" is for this lecture, but I've also included all of the PDF's for the entire course assembled into 3 files, for anyone who'd like to download and print them all at once. The main one is "read_music_fast_part_2" (which includes "twinkle_twinkle"). I've put "octaves_test_solution" separately because I didn't want to put the solution right next to a test. "major_key_tunes_in_all_keys" is an optional extra for anyone who completes the advanced "How to really master any scale" lecture.

Preview 04:45
+ Intervals: unisons & 2nds
6 lectures 22:50
2nds
04:55
Ties
01:51
2nds test #1
01:55
Solution to 2nds test #1
07:46
2nds test #2
00:01
Solution to 2nds test #2
06:22
+ Intervals: 3rds
5 lectures 09:53
3rds
01:18
3rds test #1
00:01
Solution to 3rds test #1
03:25
3rds test #2
00:01
Solution to 3rds test #2
05:08
+ Intervals: 5ths
3 lectures 06:34
5ths
02:46
5ths test
00:01
Solution to 5ths test
03:47
+ Intervals: octaves & other intervals
4 lectures 16:57
Octaves
05:35
Octaves test
02:12
Solution to octaves test
06:43
Other intervals
02:27
+ Intervals: sharps & flats
7 lectures 17:15
Sharps & flats
03:28
Sharps & flats test #1
00:01
Solution to sharps & flats test #1
03:18
Sharps & flats test #2
00:01
Solution to sharps & flats test #2
03:25
Sharps & flats test #3
00:01
Solution to sharps & flats test #3
07:01
+ Key signatures: the "quick" way
2 lectures 17:11
Why people use key signatures
07:10
The "quick" way of reading them
10:01
+ Key signatures: the slower - but ultimately faster - way
10 lectures 59:17
The circle of 5ths
06:52
What is a scale?
10:32
Red notes and blue notes
10:12
Red / blue test
00:17
The red / blue method for working out major scales
09:07
All the major scales
05:15
Using the major scales to read key signatures
05:44
5 sharps or flats
02:19
6 sharps or flats
05:08
7 sharps or flats
03:51
+ Key signatures: memorising the circle of 5ths chart
4 lectures 38:30
Perfect 5ths
07:17
Memorising the circle of 5ths chart
11:50
Relative major and minor scales
13:00
The red / blue method for working out minor scales
06:23
+ Key signatures: memorising the scales
2 lectures 06:38
Practicing scales
03:00
How to really master any scale
03:38