THURSDAY, August 20, 2020 – 11:17 PM
Line and Space Drills
The most important reading skill…
Lines and spaces are the most important thing for reading music. You never need to know the name of a line or space when you play piano. You just have to know the letters of the white keys. By finding the right key you automatically get the correct letter name. I call this “reading the hand”.
This is to connect letters to lines and spaces on my chart. The letters are not important at first, and in fact I prefer to skip this step. But for some people, starting without a chart, I have to go through this step to teach how to find the letter names for the keys.
This is where I prefer to start. Here you use my chart to find out how to link the lines on that chart with the keys that go with them, and to learn that notes with the label “ON” means to move to the next note to the right. Also, we have “under 1” for low D and F in the treble and bass clefs.
This is to see which line number connect to the lines and spaces on my chart with no answers. We are still using the chart for the concept, but you have to fine each line and space with pure logic.
This mixes the lines and spaces up to one leger line above or below the staff. Find each one, then while you are looking at the hand you can name the letter. By this time a few students start to find notes without the chart. Getting rid of the chart is the goal. The chart is like training wheels. In fact, I call it my “musical training wheels”. When you don’t need it, it just gets in the way, and then you can give it to another beginning.
This is about the same thing as the last exercise, but with more notes on the page.
This is the same thing as above, but now you are reading two notes. The idea now is to make the mind start to understand how to play more than one note at the same time and understand the logic. By this time, if possible, you want to do this without the chart. Intervals are two notes played at the same time.
Same as above, but now with three notes forming chords. Two notes is an interval. Three notes makes a chord.
Now the chords go up and down to 2 leger lines. It’s another step in logic.
Now the chords go up and down to 3 leger lines. Yet another logic step.
Now the chords can have up to 2 #s, b’s or naturals. This is a huge step in logic, and most students have the whole system when they get this far. There can be other exercises, and I may add them, but by this time reading music itself is probably a better way of increasing reading speed. “C ness” is my term for playing in the key of C, all white keys, when you are allowed to slip and slide to all of the black keys.