Reading Music Notation
Today, many people completely disregard being able to read music notation when it comes to playing music. This is an enormous shame. Having the ability to read music is equivalent to being able to read, write, and speak another language – it is a skill and a talent.
When it comes to classical music, being able to read notation is not only a skill and a talent, it is a necessity. Should you ever want to go and study music at either a specialist music college or a university, you will struggle to get a place without being able to read music fluently. If you should have aspirations to be any kind of classical musician or orchestral player, you simply won’t be able to achieve your dreams without reading music.
As much as we all hate it, sight-reading is important. It is through constant practise and sight-reading that we improve our ability to read music. As children, those of us who had weekly music lessons probably dreaded the thought of having to sight-read, but it will have done us the world of good. These gruelling (and probably somewhat painful) sessions seasoned us and have furnished us with the skills we now possess which allow us to understand notation. Our ability to understand a previously un-seen piece of music, and make sense of it on the keys or on the strings has all come through sight-reading and perseverance.
If you would like to practise your notation reading and sight-reading but do not have an instrument up to the job, consider getting yourself a digital piano! Electric pianos do not have to be expensive but they come jam-packed with high quality features and phenomenal sound quality. Chase Direct stock a wide range of electronic instruments and there is something for everyone. For more information, head over to the Chase Direct website, or call the piano team directly for more information.