Importance Of Learning To Read Music
Understanding a little bit of music theory and learning how to read music even just the basics is a much desired step when learning how to play any instrument. The advantage of learning music on the piano is that it actually helps you to understand the workings of various scales, different notes by presenting a clear visual representation of the musical notation.
You should not get to intimidated by having to learn the language of music because there are many things that you already know about it. If you heard the song, sung it, danced to it, you may already know a lot of things about musical notes and how music works.
If you have never read music before, simply think of it as assigning new names and concepts to the things you already know and making that connection from the new language to the language of music you have already learnt aurally.
The Common Symbols On The Music Sheet
Reading music involves reading notes, rhythms and other notational symbols which have been created to communicate music from the composer to the performer. The notes and rhythms on a music sheet tell you what note to play and how long or short to play it for.
The grand staff which joins the treble clef Staff and bass clef staff matches the keys on the keyboard to the notes on the page and tells you which hand used to play them. Musical rests on a music sheet tell you when not to play or for how long to pause between playing different set of notes.
Time signatures and key signatures on a music sheet help organize music into rhythmic patterns and different tonal areas. This is immensely helpful in breaking down the entire progression of the song without which the music sheet will get increasingly complicated.
The music sheet also contains other expressed instructions to make up for the remaining elements of music notation such as how loud or how softly to play a particular note. You will also learn to read the general tempo and feel of music and so on.
Open Yourself To A Treasure Trove Of Music
One of the reasons why you should look forward to learning how to read music is because once you know how to do this, you can play mostly any song or any other musical composition. There are several songs and compositions written for the beginner level of piano playing which means that you do not have to wait to translate your knowledge of reading music into actual piano playing.
Many people think that learning how to read music is very complicated, advanced and meant for playing complicated compositions. This is not true. Any sequence of notes, or in other words, in song & composition can by written down on a music sheet in the musical notation.
Even the simplest songs such as nursery rhymes have a musical notation and music sheets for them. As soon as you start learning how to read music you can start playing beginner level songs on the piano by reading them from their respective music sheets.
Developing an ear for horizontal and vertical music
When you learn how to play the piano, you also learn how to combine the melodic and harmonic elements of music. The music score on music sheet can be thought of as a sound map in which proceeding from left to right represents the horizontal flow music through time and any one freeze frame of the score shows the vertical combinations of notes sounding together at that moment.
When you play the piano you learn to understand, read and control this complete representation of music and to play it together in a complete harmonious manner to re-create what the composer meant to communicate through the music sheet.
Getting to know musical forms and styles
Even the simplest of melody can be associated to a particular musical form and a musical study. When you learn to read music you will learn how various representations of rhythms and note patters make the a particular style of music.
For example, the 12 bar blues riff. It is not so difficult to learn once you have familiarized yourself with the layout of the keyboard and have practiced enough so that your fingers move comfortably and fluently along it.