3 Secrets To Reading Music Instantly

3 Secrets To Reading Music InstantlyQuickly learn to read music by recognizing the INTERVALS or DISTANCES BETWEEN NOTES.

Once you learn the easy basics of recognizing an INTERVAL of a 2nd and an INTERVAL of a 3rd you have begun to INSTANTLY read music.

Take the time to absorb this VERY important building block of music theory and you will progress faster than by using any other music reading method.

3 Secrets To Reading Music Instantly

The music staff acts as a grid for music notes.  When the notes are going upward on the staff they are moving to the right or top of your piano keyboard.


3 Secrets to Reading Music Instantly

The same is true for music notes moving downward on the staff.  These notes are moving toward the left bottom of your instrument.

The two primary music intervals are the 2nd and the 3rd.  A 2nd is the distance between one white key to the next white key on the piano.  A 3rd is the distance between one white key skipping to the 3rd white key.

The illustration below provides a visual explanation.

  • 3 Secrets to Reading Music Instantly

Learn to Read Music Intervals

Beginner music students who master the simple visual language of reading music intervals can read music.

As explained in the above video, a 2nd is measured as the very next note on the piano, keyboard, guitar or any other musical instrument. This can be a 2nd either above or below any given note.

For example, in the music interval chart below the given note is C, a 2nd (second) above C is D. A 2nd below C is the note B. Another example is a given note of F with a 2nd above F being the note G and a 2nd below F is the note E.

3 Secrets to Reading Music InstantlyUsing the interval of a 3rd now you would simply skip one note from any given note moving either in an upward or downward direction.

For example, a 3rd (third) above C is E and a 3rd below C is A.
Also a 3rd above F is A and a third below F is D.

Music Theory Worksheet on 2nd and 3rd

Music Intervals of 2nd and 3rd Music Theory Worksheet.  The other secret to reading music is to print out this worksheet and view the musical interval examples on the page.  Use this as a guideline when reading your first easy piano piece.

How Do I Read Music on Piano Keyboard?

The next and final step in learning to read music is to apply this new knowledge to the music staff.  For a complete video tutorial and free sheet music on reading Grand Staff Intervals go here.

More How to Read Music Links

Music Staff Line and Space Notes

Music Intervals of 2nd and 3rd Worksheet

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