From Sight Reading

How Important Is Note Reading?

I remember a (very talented) student defiantly saying to me “Paul McCartney can’t read music, so why should I?”  The first thing I thought is, “Is that true?” Then I realized it doesn’t matter. Because Paul McCartney is a freakin’ genius and he understands Music Theory whether he can read music or not. And that’s…

All About That Bass (Clef)

  Ask anyone which clef they feel more confident reading and I’ll bet money everyone says Treble! Ok, if you once played Tuba or Cello or Trombone, etc. you are the exception… but everyone else– you know what I’m talking about.   I don’t really know why the left hand part is so difficult to…

How to Read Music: Intervals

  READING music is tricky for most people. As I mentioned in a previous post, I pretty much struggled all through my own early education. With my young students, I like to call it a “secret code”. I’m not too far off. It’s a bunch of dots and foreign symbols placed onto tiny spaces and…