How To Read Music Fast

A 4-Step Beginner's Guide To Reading Music Quickly And Easily
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  • Lectures 38
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Learn How To Read Music Fast And Easily!

If you want to learn how to read music in a very short amount of time, this course is exactly what you need. Traditional music lessons can make music theory look so boring. Everything moves so slowly. This course takes a different approach.

In 4 fast and easy steps you will learn how to read sheet music.

In step one, you learn melody. This is the tune of the song. You learn all about the staff, treble clef, bass clef, ledger lines, sharps and flats and so much more. All of this is presented in a way that is fun and interesting, to keep you motivated.

Then we move to step two where you learn about rhythm. You learn all about time signatures, whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes. Then you learn all about the different rests in music and a lot more. Everything is presented in a way that is easy to understand.

In step three, without wasting any time at all, you learn all about harmony. You learn about intervals and how to easily form the most important chords in music. You learn about extended chords, chord inversions and the list goes on.

Then finally we combine everything together, melody, music and harmony, to actually read the music of songs.

So if you want to read music fast and easily, get this course.

Here's a quick look at some of the topics that this course addresses.

  • Elements of Music - Learn Melody
  • Musical Notation and Pitch
  • Piano Keyboard - Layout of Piano Keys
  • Enharmonics
  • Key Signatures and Major Keys
  • Circle of Fifths
  • Elements of Music - Learn Rhythm
  • Duration of Notes and Rests and Time Signatures
  • How to Count Notes
  • Elements of Music - Learn Harmony
  • Melodic and Harmonic Intervals
  • Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented Chords
  • Dominant 7th, Major 7th, Minor 7th and Minor 6th Chords
  • Combine Melody, Rhythm and Harmony to Play Song
  • Let’s Read Music

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What are the requirements?

  • No prior musical knowledge is required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify notes on the treble and bass staff.
  • Count and play notes on the music staff.
  • Form and play the most important chords in music, as well as extended chords on piano.
  • Read notes and play the right and left hand parts of simple songs on piano (or other musical instrument).
  • Apply your knowledge of basic music theory, read sheet music and play easy songs.

What is the target audience?

  • This "How To Read Music Fast" course is designed for beginners. It's great for someone who is new to music theory.
  • This course is also meant for someone who plays by ear and needs to understand music theory basics, and learn how to read sheet music.
  • It's ideal for the beginner who wants to learn how to read music quickly without wasting time and money on traditional lessons.
  • If you're looking to learn more advanced theory, this course is probably not for you.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to How To Read Music Fast Course
05:41

This is the introduction to your How To Read Music Fast course. We take a brief look at the "four steps to reading music quickly". These steps are 1. Learn Melody, 2. Learn Rhythm 3. Learn Harmony, and 4. Combine Melody, Rhythm and Harmony. This lecture lists the main topics covered in the course and introduces lecturer. By the end of this lecture, you will know exactly what to expect in subsequent ones. You will have a general view of the topics we will be going through and what you will be learning.

Section 2: Step 1: Elements of Music - Learn Melody
05:31

This lecture introduces you to musical notation and pitch. It's your first lesson on melody, which is the first step in "learning how to read music fast". Learn about the musical staff, the musical alphabet, the treble clef and treble staff. Learn how to identify all the notes on the treble clef. Learn about line notes and space notes on the treble clef.

04:09

In this lecture, you continue learning about musical notation and pitch. You will learn all about the notes of the lines and spaces of the bass clef. By the end of this lecture, you will be able to identify all the notes of both the treble and bass clef.

03:01

In this lecture, you will learn about ledger lines (leger lines) on the music staff. You will find out what they are. This is a continuation of the first step to learning "how to read music fast"; that first step is " Learn Melody". By the end of this lecture, you will understand why ledger lines are used in music, and the notes of various ledger lines.

02:04

In this lecture, we take another look at the notes of the treble clef and bass clef. This will help you understand and be able to identify the notes of the treble and bass clef even better.

02:33

You will learn all about the combination of the treble and bass staff to form a grand staff. Learn about a very important note when learning how to read music. That note is middle C.

4 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge on the names of the notes on the treble clef and bass clef, as well as the grand staff.

Section 3: Step 1B: The Piano Keyboard - Layout of Piano Keys
02:02

This lecture takes a look at the names of white keys on the piano. Learn what notes correspond to the white keys on the piano keyboard.

07:26

Learn the names of all the black keys on the piano. What are sharps? What are flats? What are half steps and whole steps? By the end of this lecture you will understand what sharps, flats, enharmonic equivalents, half steps (semitones) and whole steps (whole tones) are. You will understand how black piano keys get their names.

Section 4: Step 1C: Key Signatures and Major Keys
02:37

You will learn what key signatures are and what their purpose is. Learn what key signatures tell you to do when reading music.

03:21

You will learn all about key signatures with sharps and the major keys they correspond to. 7 key signatures. Learn about the pattern for key signatures with sharps. The order of sharps. Learn how different key signatures with sharps affect notes on the staff.

03:29

You will learn all about key signatures with flats and the major keys they correspond to. 7 more key signatures. Learn about the pattern for key signatures with flats. The order of flats. Learn how different key signatures with flats affect notes on the music staff.

02:30

Learn about seven major keys (with sharps) and the number of sharps they have. Learn them in the right order. You will be able to look at a key signature with sharps and know what key the song is in.

02:53

Learn about seven major keys (with flats) and the number of flats they have. Learn them in the right order. You will be able to look at a key signature with flats and know what key the song is in.

02:03

You will learn about the circle of fifths and this will help you understand key signatures, major keys and the order of sharps and flats more clearly.

Then you learn about accidentals and their purpose in a musical piece.

3 questions

This quiz will test you on major keys and key signatures.

Section 5: Step 2: Learn Rhythm - Duration of Notes and Rests and Time Signatures
02:52

Learn about the different types of notes in music and their duration. Learn about the whole note (semibreve), half note (minim), quarter note (crotchet) and eighth note (quaver). You will know what each type of note looks like and how many counts or beats they get.

04:27

Learn about the different types of rests in music notation and their duration. Learn about the whole rest (semibreve rest), half rest (minim rest), quarter rest (crotchet rest) and eighth rest (quaver rest). You will know what each type of rest looks like and how many counts or beats they get.

Then you learn about measures and bar lines.

02:54

Learn all about the most used time signatures in music. These are the 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures. Learn what time signatures tell you. Learn about common time.

01:51

You will learn about dotted rests and notes and what they indicate. Learn how long to play dotted whole notes, dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes and dotted eighth notes. You will also understand the duration of dotted whole rests, dotted half rests, dotted quarter rests and dotted eighth rests.

9 questions

This quiz will test your understanding of the different types of notes and their duration.

Section 6: Step 2B: How to Count Notes
02:53

Learn how to count quarter notes (or crotchets) by counting and clapping. Also applies to quarter rests (crotchet rests). Quarter notes played on piano. This will help you further understand the duration of quarter notes and rests.

01:54

Learn how to count half notes (or minims) by counting and clapping. Also applies to half rests (minim rests). Half notes played on piano. This will help you further understand the duration of half notes and rests.

01:46

Learn how to count whole notes (or semibreves) by counting and clapping. Also applies to whole rests (semibreve rests). Whole notes played on piano. This will help you further understand the duration of whole notes and rests.

03:01

Learn how to count eighth notes (or quavers) by counting and clapping. Also applies to eighth rests (quaver rests). Eighth notes played on piano. This will help you further understand the duration of eighth notes and rests. Play eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes and whole notes in a short musical piece.

Section 7: Step 3: Learn Harmony - Melodic and Harmonic Intervals
03:05

Learn all about melodic intervals. This is demonstrated on the staff as well as the piano. Learn about unison, melodic 2nds, melodic 3rds, melodic 4ths, melodic 5ths, melodic 6ths, melodic 7ths and octaves. This lecture is a preliminary step in learning about harmonic intervals.

02:13

Learn all about harmonic intervals. This is demonstrated on the piano as well as the staff. Learn about unison, harmonic 2nds, harmonic 3rds, harmonic 4ths, harmonic 5ths, harmonic 6ths, harmonic 7ths and octaves.

Section 8: Step 3B: Four Main Types of Chords
03:21

Learn how to form a major chord. Learn how to play a major chord on piano. The notes of 12 major chords.

03:01

Learn how to form a minor chord. Learn how to play/form a minor chord on piano by changing one note in a major chord. The notes of 12 minor chords.

02:49

Learn how to form an augmented chord. Learn how to play/form an augmented chord on piano by moviing one note in a major chord. The notes of 12 augmented chords.

02:59

Learn how to form a diminished chord. Learn how to play/form a diminished chord on piano by moving two notes in a major chord. The notes of 12 diminished chords.

02:47

Learn about chords in root position, first inversion and second inversion. Learn how you can invert any chord and play it differently.

5 questions

In this quiz, I will test your knowledge and understanding of three note chords.

Section 9: Step 3C: How to Form Extended Chords
02:52

Learn how to form a dominant seventh chord. Learn about dominant seventh chords on piano in all 12 keys. (dom 7, 7 chords)

02:26

Learn how to form a minor seventh chord. Learn about minor seventh chords on piano in all 12 keys. (min7, m7 chords)

02:22

Learn how to form a major seventh chord. Learn about major seventh chords on piano in all 12 keys. (maj7, M7 chords)

02:30

Learn how to form a major sixth chord. Learn about major sixth chords on piano in all 12 keys. (M6, 6 chords)

4 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge and understanding of extended four note chords.

Section 10: Step 4: Combine Melody Rhythm and Harmony - Let's Read Music Now
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This lecture will refresh your mind on the topics we have looked at so far. It's a recap of the elements of music (melody, rhythm and harmony) or steps you've learned about. This will get you ready for subsequent lectures in this section where you read the music of a few songs.

11:31

This is where you apply what you've learned in steps one, two and three, and you read sheet music for the song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. You will actually be reading music.

06:04

This is where you apply what you've learned about melody, rhythm and harmony, to read sheet music for the song, Mary Had A Little Lamb. You will be able to read music by now.

11:32

We take things up a notch with the song, America The beautiful. This is where you apply what you've learned in the earlier sections of this How To Read Music Fast course. You will be able to read sheet music for the song, America The Beautiful.

Section 11: Conclusion
02:14

This is where I close the curtains on this exciting How To Read Music Fast course.

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Instructor Biography

Mantius Cazaubon, Musician, Pianist, Music Artist, Author

Mantius Cazaubon is an extremely talented and hardworking musician. He has been playing piano and keyboards for over 20 years and is the author of 14 piano lessons and music theory books, including several Amazon bestsellers. A leading songwriter, composer and music artiste, he has recorded numerous hit songs, won multiple Caribbean music awards and consistently topped music charts. 

Mantius has an enormous passion for teaching and adding value to others. This has led him to create several niche websites over the years, such as piano lessons website, Piano-Keyboard-Guide, where he imparts his musical knowledge and serves thousands daily.

On his new journey as a Udemy lecturer, he continues to over-deliver, and takes his passion to new heights, staying true to his mission of helping, sharing and inspiring others.

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