Being able to read music is the most vital skill for musicians of all abilities, but some people think they don’t need to learn how. So, why should we?
Let’s break it down:
First, reading music will help you to improve. If you really want to take it to the next level as a musician, the best thing to do is understand what you are playing by understanding music theory. And reading music is essential for learning music theory.
Reading scores can also help you improve because it will enhance your ability to access a diverse array of music. When you read music, you have the ability to play a new piece just by looking at it, even if you’ve never heard it before. It might be a new exercise to practice your technique, a new song to learn, or something else entirely, but no matter what, you can play it. This may be obvious, but reading music adds an entire visual system to the audio experience that already exists. It’s easier to remember and recreate music when you have a visual representation of it, rather than just remembering the notes you hear. Bottom line,
if you want to be a better musician, you need to be able to read.
If you’re able to learn on your own, and can play with others, you can also also use your music abilities to venture into the realm of the original. The understanding of music theory that comes with being able to read music will allow you bend the rules and even go beyond them to compose your own music. Plus, there are so many ways to combine music with technology to easily write and share your own music.
And once you do, it’ll be incredibly easy to share your ideas with others and collaborate using music as the common language. If you want to communicate effectively with other musicians, reading music will make it easy.
Hope We’ve convinced you to finally start learning!