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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!
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|Section 1: Intervals: introduction & unisons|
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
|Section 2: Intervals: unisons & 2nds|
2nds test #1
Solution to 2nds test #1
2nds test #2
Solution to 2nds test #2
|Section 3: Intervals: 3rds|
3rds test #1
Solution to 3rds test #1
3rds test #2
Solution to 3rds test #2
|Section 4: Intervals: 5ths|
Solution to 5ths test
|Section 5: Intervals: octaves & other intervals|
Solution to octaves test
|Section 6: Intervals: sharps & flats|
Sharps & flats
Sharps & flats test #1
Solution to sharps & flats test #1
Sharps & flats test #2
Solution to sharps & flats test #2
Sharps & flats test #3
Solution to sharps & flats test #3
|Section 7: Key signatures: the "quick" way|
Why people use key signatures
The "quick" way of reading them
|Section 8: Key signatures: the slower - but ultimately faster - way|
The circle of 5ths
What is a scale?
Red notes and blue notes
Red / blue test
The red / blue method for working out major scales
All the major scales
Using the major scales to read key signatures
5 sharps or flats
6 sharps or flats
7 sharps or flats
|Section 9: Key signatures: memorising the circle of 5ths chart|
Memorising the circle of 5ths chart
Relative major and minor scales
The red / blue method for working out minor scales
|Section 10: Key signatures: memorising the scales|
How to really master any scale
|Section 11: Key signatures: why the tricks work (optional)|
Why the red / blue method works
Why the circle of 5ths trick works
Addendum: names of all the pieces
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.