For too many people, reading music is the biggest obstacle to actually learning to play the piano. Do you really need to know how to read notes to learn to play the piano? Well, you can play without reading notes, but this can only take you so far. The language of music is standard notation. In this article I will try to explain why the ability to read notes is so important and how it can be beneficial for your musical improvement.
Many think that reading music is very difficult to learn. I’m not going to say it’s a walk in the park, but it’s really not as difficult as it sounds. Learning it is similar to learning another language, only easier. This is because the musical language is one of the simplest languages that exist. The musical alphabet is made up of just seven letters: A through G.
The basics of standard notation are fairly easy to learn. In addition to the notes, you have the staff, the clefs, the time signatures, and a few other things. It may seem like a lot at first, and of course you need practice to become proficient, but once you master the basics, the whole world of music will open up to you.
Reading sheet music will give you a deeper understanding of music and your instrument. Standard notation is the universal language of music, and understanding it will allow you to learn any piece, regardless of style, much faster and easier. Whether you like classical music, rock, pop, country, jazz, or something else, the music is always written in the same language.
This is how musicians communicate. It is not necessary to know how to read the language of music to play it, just as it is not necessary to read to speak. But imagine how much information would not be available to you if you couldn’t read. It is similar with reading notes.
I hope you can see how this skill can be really beneficial for your musical development.
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