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Sight reading is one of the hardest aspects of learning to play the piano, and it's universally badly taught. This course uses a unique method to teach you how to read any note on the piano keyboard quickly and easily, so that you can then tackle any piano course with confidence. It will also help if you've already started learning piano but are struggling to read the notes (e.g in the bass clef).
5 problems with the traditional method
Traditionally, students have been taught mnemonics to remember what note falls on every single line and space of the 2 clefs, e.g. "Every Good Boys Deserves Favour" for the lines of the treble clef (E, G, B, D, F). This has several problems:
5 reasons why my method is better
This course will not only save you a ton of time, it'll also make you feel better about an area of music that a lot of people feel that they're "bad" at because they've been badly taught. (That's not the teachers' fault, it's just that no-one's come up with a really good method of teaching sight reading before.) And if you're not convinced you can always take advantage of Udemy's 30-day no-questions-asked money back guarantee.
So how does it work?
I'll teach you 9 "reference" notes in a visual and intuitive way, using HD videos with an overhead shot of my piano and lots of graphics. After each video I'll then test you on what you've just learned using interactive tests specially made for this course, which intelligently keep track of which notes you're finding difficult so that they can test you on those more. (I've also thrown in a mini-course on the best way to learn the note names, in case you're a complete beginner and don't know them yet!)
All of these techniques have been developed over the course of 10 years of teaching, and have been tried and tested them on hundreds of students. One of them said that my sight reading method was "so easy a monkey could learn it". I teach freelance and charge one lesson at a time, so my teaching methods have to be good otherwise I wouldn't be able to make a living teaching (and I do make a living teaching).
Whenever students have asked to recommend any good beginner resources, whether online or in book form, I've always been stuck because I've never found anything really good, despite looking, so I'm happy to finally be putting this online. Students have been pestering me for years to publish my teaching methods but this is the first time I've done so. If it proves popular I'll add more courses!
What this course isn't
This is a note-reading course rather than a complete sight reading course - it's designed to kickstart your sight reading rather than teach you how to sight read complete pieces of music. So, for that reason:
Each of those things would require entire courses by themselves, which maybe I'll add if there's enough demand!
This course just does one thing and it does it really well: it teaches you how to read individual notes on the piano keyboard. However, no matter what piano course you follow, whether it's online, or from a book, or with a teacher, this course will help you with your sight reading.
One other thing: this course has been designed for and tested on people who are learning the piano or keyboard, not other instruments. It'll probably help if you're learning a non-keyboard instrument, just bear in mind that it wasn't made for you! If you are learning another instrument you can always try the course out and get a refund if it doesn't help.
I really think my method is the best way to learn how to read the notes on the piano keyboard, and I'd love to see this become the new standard way of teaching it, so if you do try my course and find it useful please spread the word! If you don't like you can always get a no-questions-asked full refund within 30 days.
Best of luck on your musical journey!
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|Section 1: Introduction to sight reading|
Read this first!
Introduction to sight reading, Part 1Preview
Introduction to sight reading, Part 2Preview
|Section 2: The best way to learn the note names|
F & B
G & A
The black notes
|Section 3: The reference notes|
The two clefs
How to do the tests
Test #1: The first 2 reference notes
Top and bottom of the clefs
Test #2: The first 4 reference notes
Test #3: The first 5 reference notes
2 more C's
Test #4: The first 7 reference notes
… and another 2
Test #5: All 9 reference notes
|Section 4: The non-reference notes|
Is it a reference note or not?
How to do test #6
Test #6: Is it a reference note or not?
Test #7: Non-reference notes
All the white notes
Test #8: All the white notes
… and the black ones
Test #9: … and the black ones
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.