A Better Way to Read Music

A better way to read music is to directly associate each dot on the page with its respective key on the piano. Below are two octaves of music notation (naturals only), where each dot is lined up with its respective physical key to clearly illustrate how reading music is possible without ever using names. Note: Middle C is marked with a red dot.

How To Read Music

In the example above, the circled note in the music represents the physical key that the green arrow points to. This is true for any kind of music, no matter how complicated. Notice that it really doesn't matter if the circled note is called "A" or "Purple" or "Lucy" or "Charlie Brown".

This approach maps the notes on the page (a visual-spatial pattern) to the keys on the piano keyboard (another visual-spatial pattern). It is done directly, without any intermediate steps like translating dots to letter names and then letter names to piano keys. This is not as hard as it sounds, because each line or space on the grand staff always represents a particular note on the piano, always. Here is the map for all of the natural notes on the grand staff, extending to four ledger lines above and below the treble staff and bass staff (sharps and flats have been ommitted intentionally because they are just details):

How To Read Music

The map above is a staightforward right-brain visual-spatial pattern that can be mastered in a very short time with just a little bit of practice (see our study aids).

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