Tuesday, 18 March 2014

You need to learn the note names now. No really.

If you have been learning piano for a few years and you still have no idea where two D’s above middle C is on all those lines and spaces you’re not alone.  Learning the names of all of the lines and spaces can seem like an overwhelming task and lots of people hope they can somehow learn piano without ever learning the note names. They get other people to show them how to play their pieces, use mnemonics, convince themselves they'd rather "play by ear", write in the note names, or count up lines and spaces rather than learning the name of each individual line and space. 

It is impossible to fluently read music beyond easy pieces that stay in a five finger position if you can’t instantly recognise the notes individually, and if you can't do that then you are preventing yourself from ever gaining independent access to the many, many, many pieces you know you would love to be able to read.