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Are you struggling reading the staff, trying to identify notes with every good boy deserves.... etc.
I found this video on you tube, this Irish lady Lea is a very good teacher and these are two tips she recommends to read the notes easier. ie GBD FACE. here is a link to her video which explains better than I can.
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I can’t add much other than I ran across her videos before and think she’s great!

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Yes, to interval reading but mnemonics like GBD FACE are pretty useless when sight reading. You just have to learn to instantly recognise each note. It's like when you learn to read letters in school. You simply recognise a letter like 'B', by shape and by sound, without having to remember silly menmonics.

Actually, the mnemonic given above (jibidy face) is a good one for theory where you have more time to think. GBDFACE is basically the "circle of thirds". You can use it to quickly figure out chords, most of which are built on stacks of thirds. For instance, GBD is G major, DFA is D minor, etc.

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I have also found a app on my I-pad which is pretty good for testing yourself. It’s called Complete Music, you can choose which staff and level of difficulty, it gets progressively more difficult has you go along.


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I've also found apps to be the most helpful option for learning to recognize notes on the staff and connect them to the keyboard (or fretboard).


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I sight read chords & intervals very slowly. And there are notes that have many ledger lines that doesn't come up a lot. After a while I develop muscle memory & remember the notes not to have to rely on reading alone.

The key of a piece gives you the starting point which notes you need to play. An more advanced with added sharps & flats you need more effort to learn the notes.

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RCM’s sight reading books are very good, that’s what I’m using now. They give a lot of insight into what to look for, it’s not just about memorizing the note names (though you should know those). 👍😊


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Originally Posted by ebonyk
RCM’s sight reading books are very good, that’s what I’m using now. They give a lot of insight into what to look for, it’s not just about memorizing the note names (though you should know those). 👍😊

Would you mind providing links for the books you're recommending?

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Originally Posted by Qazsedcft
Yes, to interval reading but mnemonics like GBD FACE are pretty useless when sight reading. You just have to learn to instantly recognise each note. It's like when you learn to read letters in school. You simply recognise a letter like 'B', by shape and by sound, without having to remember silly menmonics.

Actually, the mnemonic given above (jibidy face) is a good one for theory where you have more time to think. GBDFACE is basically the "circle of thirds". You can use it to quickly figure out chords, most of which are built on stacks of thirds. For instance, GBD is G major, DFA is D minor, etc.

Yes, any extra step (translation device) introduced will slow you down.
You want to go: eye> brain> key ...rather than: eye> brain> lookup table> brain> key


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I presume this is a common issue for all of us beginners. After a while I have no problem with the notes within the staff, but I'm still relatively slow when a couple of ledger lines are thrown in. I find the Czerny Op 599 very useful in this respect, it's good training to get to the same place of instant recognition for the areas above and below the main grand staff.


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