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#1007921 - 01/04/05 02:49 PM when reading the notes...
tr1n1trotolu Offline
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Hello everyone I started learning piano a couple of month. I have a question regarding reading ability.

-when we are playing piano, do we actually play reading all the notes and values? as in realizing they are (in example) C, D, E, F, D, E, C and do this to all notes through out?

or

-we play not exactly reading the notes, but only a portion and instead read intervals (ascend or descend and note value)

or both?

I can do the reading note per note to some extent. however not fast enough that I can tell it by the instant of looking.

any comment appreciated \:D thank you

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#1007922 - 01/04/05 03:56 PM Re: when reading the notes...
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I personally think we do both. As you get better at reading it becomes a bit of a subconscious thing. The same way when you read words, some words you see as a whole because your brain has read them so many many times before whereas for other, less familiar, words you may need to break them down into syllables and/or letters.

Eventually it becomes a sort of awareness and less of a deliberate thinking about names.
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#1007923 - 01/04/05 03:57 PM Re: when reading the notes...
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Originally posted by Bernard:
I personally think we do both. As you get better at reading it becomes a bit of a subconscious thing. The same way when you read words, some words you see as a whole because your brain has read them so many many times before whereas for other, less familiar, words you may need to break them down into syllables and/or letters.

Eventually it becomes a sort of awareness and less of a deliberate thinking about names. [/b]
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#1007924 - 01/04/05 03:57 PM Re: when reading the notes...
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Ha Ha! I quoted myself. Oops. Pushed the wrong button.
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#1007925 - 01/04/05 03:59 PM Re: when reading the notes...
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When you're learning a piece, you want to learn all the notes. It's only when you're sight reading the music that you use intervals.

In fact, when sight reading you're going to play with three different techniques (if not more).

1) Via intervals. You'll be paying attention to the melody and that will lead your playing via intervals.

2) Via note recognition. When you have a pattern or when you have a jump, you need to be able to tell what note the pattern starts on or where the jump lands.

3) Pattern recognition. Over time, you learn patterns that come up over and over again. That way, when you see the patter, you don't look at what each note is in the chord, you just play the pattern that your fingers have already learned.

Sight reading is fairly advanced though. At your level, (and mine for that matter), it's better to focus on note recognition and learning music pieces. To learn sight reading we can practice with one note at a time melodies with root chord changes in the left hand.

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#1007926 - 01/05/05 09:30 AM Re: when reading the notes...
tr1n1trotolu Offline
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Interesting point comes up! so does it mean when you are learning a music piece that is not a form of sightreading passage we have to read it slowly one by one and be familiar?

how about this. I learned some songs already and practically I remember the fingering, but at the point of striking the keys I do not even know what keys I am hitting (as in C or D) maybe some of them I do, but not all. However, I can see where I am in the music piece yet I am not exactly reading the notes (not name, but only note values). Is this suppose to be right or not? (feel like not...)

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#1007927 - 01/05/05 08:06 PM Re: when reading the notes...
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Yeah, that's normal.

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