Music Speed Reading 101
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Music Speed Reading 101

Become a fast music reader using the unique Note Marker System! Finish fun exercises and recognize notes quickly
4.7 (394 ratings)
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2,825 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2018
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 articles
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to use the Note Marker System to read notes
  • Work through exercises that will help you read notes quickly
  • You should have access to a piano or keyboard

Is reading notes a slow process?

Have you tried learning "Every Good Boy Does Fine" only to find it wasn't helpful?

I want to teach you how to read notes FAST.

In this course you will learn a superior note reading system I call The Landmark System. This is completely different system from what most piano teachers teach (Every Good Boy Does Fine).

After learning this unique system, you'll then have fun completing a note reading bootcamp. The challenges in the bootcamp will sharpen your note reading skills to the point where note reading becomes fast and easy.

Now note, this course is not a complete sight reading course. We will not cover rhythm, key signatures, or playing pieces of music. This course is hyper-focused on the first aspect of reading music, note recognition.

At the end of this course you'll be able to recognize notes across the entire music staff and understand how to continue to sharpen your note reading skills.

I'm excited for your note reading journey to begin and if you are too, I'll see you on the inside!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to read music
Course content
Expand all 42 lectures 01:46:03
+ Introduction
3 lectures 08:07

Show all the notes from beyond Bass Clef to beyond Treble Clef and say that by the end of this course you'll recognize all these notes easily

All notation is - is translating what's on this piano here, onto the page.  It's a way for composers to communicate to performers - the people who play their work.

Preview 01:01
+ Introduction to Music Notation
6 lectures 15:31

Show Title, Composer, Style of Music, and then explain that below we'll be learning everything else in this course, as well as getting you to actually read faster.  This will be a bootcamp of sorts. So in addition to learning concepts, I'll also get you to start reading notes. 

Preview 02:05

Now we're back to our music again.  Notice how many lines and spaces there are?

- Explain five lines and four spaces.

Now as you can see here, circles will fall on lines or spaces. These circles are called "notes".  And these notes correspond to exact notes on your physical instrument.

Each note correspond to an exact note on your instrument, so for example this note here is a G.  And it's not any G, it's this G right here.  Because on an instrument there are multiple G's.

Talk about where the Clefs Fall - Treble is Right Hand Territory.  Bass Clef is left hand territory

Staff, Clefs, Lines and Spaces

Now in reading notation the tricky part is realizing that the lines and spaces are different notes depending on whether you're in the bass or treble clef.  So it becomes a memorization challenge.  For example, you need to memorize that the second line from the bottom in Treble is a G, but the second line from the bottom in the Bass Clef is B.

And this sounds difficult, but the more you play music it will eventually become second nature.  And the point of this course is to accelerate your progress towards proficient sight reading of notes.

The Clefs Are Not the Same (N)

Talk about standard mneumonics

Add worksheet have them write out EGBDF, FACE, GBDFA, ACEG

Create worksheet that aligns the notes to the words.  Space words at Top, Line Words at Bottom

Maybe funny meme of "your FACE!"

Creating Your Personal Mneumonics (N)

Explain that lines and spaces are consecutive - did they notice?

So this note here, is a E. And we go up line to space, line to space, I'm going up the Alphabet.  There are 7 Letters in Music. ABCDEFG.  

So as you go up the staff, you're going up your instrument, getting to higher pitches.  If you go down the staff, you're going downward and going to lower pitches.

Line to Space (N.P)

Although there are 5 lines and 5 spaces, they actually go beyond this. You're creating more lines. So we can keep going upward as you can see here. These are really invisible lines in a way, but we're just writing a piece of it, so we save ink, save time and it's easier to see. Could made these staffs 6, 7, 8, lines, but decided on 5. So if we go beyond, we just write it out.  Question Page, Solution Page

Ledger Lines - Beyond the 5 Lines! (N)
+ The 3 Core Landmarks
8 lectures 24:36
Introducing the 3 Core Landmarks
Play Middle C and Treble G
Handout: Middle C and Treble G
BPM Bootcamp: Middle C and Treble G
Play Middle C and Bass F
Handout: Middle C and Bass F
BPM Bootcamp: Middle C and Bass F
The Core 3 Landmarks Exam
+ Landmark Expansion #1
8 lectures 19:07
Landmark Expansion #1: Bass C, Treble C
Play Treble C
Handout: Treble C
BPM Bootcamp: Treble C
Play Bass C
Handout: Bass C
BPM Bootcamp: Bass C
Landmark Expansion #1 Exam
+ Landmark Expansion #2
8 lectures 19:07
Landmark Expansion #2: Low F, High G
Play High G
BPM Bootcamp: High G
Identifying Notes Around High G
Play Low F (and Bass C, Bass F)
Identify Notes Around Low F
BPM Bootcamp: Low F
Landmark Expansion #2 Exam
+ Landmark Expansion #3
8 lectures 19:09
Landmark Expansion #3: Low C, High C
Play High C
Identify Notes Around High C
BPM Bootcamp: High C
Play Low C
Identify Notes Around Low C
BPM Bootcamp: Low C
Landmark Expansion #3 Exam