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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  • Lectures 49
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

From the reviews for "Read Music FAST!":

"I just learned in 2.5 hours what I have been shying away from for 15 years." - Aleister 

"Don't even think about any other course, this is the one. I would gladly give more stars if available." - Adam Robson

"WOW! The instructor's method and exercises meant I was nailing five octaves of note reading in just a day! ... Excellent production quality, excellent graphics, clear explanation. ... I'd give it ten stars if I could." - Mark S A Smith

"After the course, I can assure you that you will not be seeing a music sheet the same way again." - Kathleen Rosario

"I really can't say enough good things about this class." - Jim Thomason

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!

What are the requirements?

  • Students need to have completed my "Read Music FAST!" course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • 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!

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Intervals: introduction & unisons
04:45

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.

What is an "interval"?
Preview
03:00
Fingering
Preview
04:48
Section 2: Intervals: unisons & 2nds
2nds
04:55
Ties
01:51
2nds test #1
01:55
Solution to 2nds test #1
07:46
2nds test #2
Article
Solution to 2nds test #2
06:22
Section 3: Intervals: 3rds
3rds
01:18
3rds test #1
Article
Solution to 3rds test #1
03:25
3rds test #2
Article
Solution to 3rds test #2
05:08
Section 4: Intervals: 5ths
5ths
02:46
5ths test
Article
Solution to 5ths test
03:47
Section 5: Intervals: octaves & other intervals
Octaves
05:35
Octaves test
02:12
Solution to octaves test
06:43
Other intervals
02:27
Section 6: Intervals: sharps & flats
Sharps & flats
03:28
Sharps & flats test #1
Article
Solution to sharps & flats test #1
03:18
Sharps & flats test #2
Article
Solution to sharps & flats test #2
03:25
Sharps & flats test #3
Article
Solution to sharps & flats test #3
07:01
Section 7: Key signatures: the "quick" way
Why people use key signatures
07:10
The "quick" way of reading them
10:01
Section 8: Key signatures: the slower - but ultimately faster - way
The circle of 5ths
06:52
What is a scale?
10:32
Red notes and blue notes
10:12
Red / blue test
Article
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
Section 9: Key signatures: memorising the circle of 5ths chart
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
Section 10: Key signatures: memorising the scales
Practicing scales
03:00
How to really master any scale
03:38
Section 11: Key signatures: why the tricks work (optional)
Why the red / blue method works
07:59
Why the circle of 5ths trick works
11:53
Addendum: names of all the pieces
Article

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Instructor Biography

Benedict Westenra, "The best piano teacher in London", 100+ 5* reviews

I'm a London-based piano coach with over 10 years of teaching experience. Students include signed artists, senior record executives, and other industry professionals.

I'm currently workshopping a musical which I wrote the book, music, and lyrics to, and which I was invited to play to Stephen Sondheim, plus I've also worked as an official arranger for Beyoncé, Michael Bublé, Cher, and others.

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