Do you know what 10am means? Of course you do. It means 10 o'clock in the morning. Does it matter whether you know that am is latin for Ante Meridian meaning before midday? No not at all. You simply recognise 'am' and straightaway you know what it means. And that to me is like reading music. All you need to do is recognise the notes, you don't need an in depth knowledge of the reasons why all the bits of music are written how they are.
Also you won't need to learn everything at one go. Music can, and should, be learnt in easy stages.
There is something magical about music played well, but there is nothing mystical about reading music.
Anyone can do it, just take the first step and have a go.
And I firmly believe that the best way to do that is to learn a simple instrument. That is the way to get that instant recognition of the note to the sound. Just trying to learn theory is a dry process but learning to read music using an instrument is fun. Playing tunes and hearing yourself become a musician. After all when you learnt to read as a child you started on simple stories to give you a love of reading, you didn't just learn lists of words (except when you get to spellings and who can honestly say they enjoyed spelling tests).
But don't make it hard on yourself. Unless you have just bought an instrument you are dying to learn - in which case go for it, enthusiasm is the most important element in learning to play - I would really recommend that you learn to read music by playing an easy instrument first. Then when you have a basic knowledge of reading you can pick your instrument and learn to play it and concentrate on creating beautiful music with it because the reading will already be there.
And to me one of the easiest has to be the standard descant recorder. After all there is a reason so many schools teach the instrument. You just put your fingers over the right holes and blow and the note comes out. Yes I know it can be a bit shrill and I am sure to be a virtuoso takes skill on a recorder as with everything else but we are just talking for the purposes of learning to read music here. For that it is a simple, easy to play and inexpensive instrument.
I particularly recommend learning to read first on an easy instrument if you are later planning on paying for music lessons for something more complicated. Music lessons are not cheap, and so you should make the most of them. If you can read a basic amount of music before you go for lessons you will get on so much quicker and find them of much greater value.
So if you are ready to start reading then click on the lessons tab or the button below and away you go. Enjoy making music.
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