Learning to read violin sheet music is a fun and interesting process. First, you must learn the theory and learn how sheet music works. Then once you have a mental understanding, you need to internalize the whole thing so you can actually read music on the fly. Most people don't realize you can actually learn to read violin sheet music relatively quickly. Read on to learn more about the various stages of learning to read music and how you can speed through them.
Learning the Theory
The first step to learning to read sheet music is to learn the theory. What do the various clefts and symbols mean? How do you read a note? What's an octave?
Learning the theory is the first step. At first, it may be slow or confusing. As you go over it again and again, the theory will start to make more and more sense to you.
The "theory learning" stage ends when you're able to read notes, no matter how slowly you can read them.
The Proficiency Stage
The next stage is to become proficient at reading sheet music. This step usually involves quite a bit of practice. Basically, the goal of this stage is to go from consciously reading music with difficulty to unconsciously being able to read music with ease, without having to think about it.
If you practice right, this stage can take only a month or two.
Learning to Read Sheet Music The Fast Way
Learning to read music can take a long time. That is, if you do it the traditional way. If you work with a tutor to learn how to read music, here's what the typical learning curve might look like:
- Week 1: Learning the theory
- Week 2: Learning the notes, how to read notes, practice reading basic notes
- Week 3: Learning something else while continuing to read notes
- Week 4: Semi-proficient at reading music
On the other hand, you can learn to read notes in under a week. How? By going at your own pace, rather than having to wait a week between lessons. If you could do a lesson every day, or even several lessons in a day, just imagine how fast you'd learn.
You can do this without racking up the costs by using online violin lesson videos. The videos are nearly as good as learning from a real instructor at far less cost. You'll pick up skills and techniques much faster too because you can go as quickly as you want.