Learn To Read Music-
5 Reasons You Should

I have two words for you if you don’t want to learn to read music.

Why Not?

How can that possibly help your music career?

If you are serious about becoming a professional musician…

  • Expand your opportunities

  • Build your confidence and

  • Know the language of music

What is stopping you?

Picture of a drummer reading music while playing a drumset, bongos, orchestra bells and electronic pad.

Most Popular Excuses

First – Here are the top excuses for NOT reading music:

  • “Some of my favorite musicians don’t read music…”

So what? What does that have to do with your music career?

  • “It could mess up my style…”

Does being able to read and write mess up your style?

  • “I don’t need it for the style of music I want to play…”

Maybe not – but why limit your options?

  • “I don’t want to sound mechanical…”

Then learn to read music the right way.

In some situations, nobody cares if you can read music – as long as you can deliver what the gig demands.

That should be your goal: Play any gig you want and have the skills to do it.


Reasons For Reading Music

Here are five:

1. Learn To Read Music To Make Money

Over the past 20 years, I would say that anywhere from $30,000.00 to $50,000.00 a year of my income has been from gigs that required me to read music.

If you add up only $25,000.00 a year times 20 years – that’s $500,000.00! I would have given away 1/2 a million dollars (or had to get a “real” job).

Money isn’t everything, but if you want a full-time career in music, reading music can help.

2. Learn To Read Music To Speak The Language

Reading music builds your vocabulary.

From Timing and Tempo to Key and Form, reading music covers it all.

You should be able to talk intelligently about music, like any other professional.

  • Mechanics know tools.

  • Doctors know medicines.

  • Musicians should know music.

If you ever need a lawyer, would you hire one to represent you in court that couldn’t read or speak legalese?

3. Learn To Read Music For Confidence

Aren’t you tired of guessing about basic music tools?

  • What key is it in?

  • What scales work with this chord?

  • How do I play that chord?

  • Why can’t I sing the right pitches?

  • How does that rhythm go?
  • Wish I could read sheet music.

A music career has so many variables beyond your control.

Knowledge of the basic tools of your gig is something you can control.

Learning to read music is a powerful way to prepare yourself for anything that comes your way.


4. Learn To Read Music For Fun.

It doesn’t have to be for a professional music career.

Reading music can be just for your enjoyment.

One of the most brilliant minds of human history recognized the simple joy and pleasure of making music:

“Life without playing music is inconceivable to me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.”

Einstein

5. Learn To Read Music For Your Health

There are studies that prove learning to read music develops your brain in unique ways.

This one suggests rhythm abilities are connected to improved performance in other areas…

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/sfn-atm091313.php

GO RHYTHM!!!!

Some even argue that learning to read music can make you smarter

http://www.sfn.org/Press-Room/News-Release-Archives/2013/MUSICAL-TRAINING-SHAPES-BRAIN-ANATOMY-AND-AFFECTS-FUNCTION

I have read enough evidence to believe it can make a big difference in the brain development of children.

There is also evidence that playing music may have a preventive effect against dementia. That’s huge!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/31/health/music-dementia-link/index.html

Want The Advantages?

So, learning to read those little black notes may have some benefits for you.

It is a powerful tool, but also just fun.

If you decide to learn to read music, do it the right way. Weak teachers can turn reading music into a miserable experience.

I have my own way of teaching that is fun and super effective. To learn how to read music the right way, check out our breakthrough system, “How To Read Music – See it, Say it, Play it”.

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