Learn how to read sheet music
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Why should I learn sheet music?
There are so many good reasons to learn sheet music. It’s the fundamental place to start when learning piano as you will understand the basic and sufficient theory to develop as a pianist and musician.
If you only learn using visualizers you will get stuck at certain level and have a hard time elevating your piano skills.
Do I get lifetime access?
Yes! There’s lifetime access and no recurrent payments. It means that you can go through the course at any speed you like, and you can keep returning to the course if you want to go over it again.
Do I have to follow a schedule?
No. You can sit back and relax and go through the videos at any pace you like. I do encourage you to spend some time on the course each day, to make sure you stay motivated.
Do I need equipment?
No. You can learn from the course without any equipment. However, it’s a very good idea if you have a keyboard or piano where you can play and practice using sheet music.
Do you offer refunds?
Yes. Within the first 7 days of purchase, you can request a refund – no questions asked. So don’t hesitate to get started. If the course is not right for you, let me know within 7 days.
Sheet Music vs. Visualizers
Visualizers can help you quickly and easily get started on the piano. They show you the notes as you play, which is great for beginners. However, there are some downsides to this method of learning.
The downsides of using visualizers:
- MIDI files used in visualizers usually lack dynamic movement. The notes often play at the same speed without variation.
- You can only see a small portion of the music (1-2 bars) at a time, making it hard to get an overview of the whole piece.
- Visualizers won’t teach you the theory behind the music, like pitch names and chords.
- Constantly playing/pausing, scrolling, and adjusting the pace in visualizers can be frustrating and hinder your learning progress.
While visualizers can be a great starting point, it’s essential to invest in learning how to read sheet music for long-term growth as a pianist.
My name is Jacob Ladegaard, and I am a composer and pianist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The name “Jacob’s Piano” originates from my YouTube channel and has now become my primary artist name for all my released works.
In addition to my passion for music, I have also dedicated myself to the realm of education and online entrepreneurship. I am proud to have amassed over 1,400,000 subscribers on YouTube, 150,000 followers on Instagram, and have garnered more than 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
At present, my life revolves around creating and recording music, both original compositions and covers, as well as producing content for social media. Furthermore, I am eager to share my knowledge and expertise through online courses available on this website.
2 PITCH NAMES
In this first lesson, we go through the pitch names used in music theory and see how they relate to the piano.
We learn about the treble clef and learn to identify pitch names in the clef.
We learn about the bass clef and learn to identify pitch names in the clef.
We learn how to notate the black the keys on the piano.
We continue to learn about the black keys on the keyboard and how to notate them.
I provide a discussion of the differences in sheet music we encounter across classical and contemporary piano music.
In this module, we learn how to read rhythms. We learn about different note types and their length.
We learn what a time signature is and why it is very important to understand.
We learn counting methods, that will help translate a written rhythm into something we can play on the piano.
We learn how to identify each beat on written sheet music.
A discussion about the benefits of listening thoroughly to a piece before you play it.
We learn about rests and how to read and interpret them.
We learn what dotted notes and ties are.
We learn about triplets and how to play them correctly.
We see how we notate and play multiple notes at the same time.
Once again, we revisit the black keys on the keyboard to learn even more about them in terms of music notation.
We carry out some rhythmic exercise to improve our ability to understand written rhythms.
We play Bo’s Theme to practice everything we learned so far.
We learn how the tempo of a song is notated on sheet music.
We learn how dynamics are notated and interpreted. I.e. how fast/slow to play or how loud/silent to play.
We learn about crescendos which are gradual changes in dynamics.
We learn how to read accented and staccato notes and how to play them correctly.
We play Autumn Breeze to practice everything we learned so far.
5 REMAINING (BUT IMPORTANT) DETAILS
We learn how certain elements of a score can change throughout the composition.
We learn to interpret different types of bar lines such as repeated sections.
We learn how we can notate and interpret multiple voices (advanced) one sheet music paper.
We learn how to extend the usual staff to notate notes at the bottom or the top of the piano.
We learn what trills are, how to notate it, and how to play it correctly.
We learned about double sharps and flats.
We learn about the beautiful grace notes. We both learn how to read and interpret them as well as how to play them correctly.
We learn how we can notate finger positions on written sheet music. This helps us learn a song more correctly.
We are introduced to slurs and learn how to interpret them.
We get a very useful introduction to scales and key signatures which are part of more advanced music theory. This introduction gives a better general understanding of music notation.
I discuss very useful methods to read sheet music faster. The faster you can read sheet music the faster you can learn new songs.
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Thank you so much for considering joining my program on learning sheet music. It’s my goal that you will never regret joining this course.
The ability to read sheet music is such a fundamental musical skill, that you’ll benefit from the rest of your life.
I’ve met many who think it seems unmanageable to learn music notation, but with this course, I hope to prove that reading sheet music is not as hard as it first seems.
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