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Beware of These 5 Traps When Working With Sheet Music

April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 129

Virtually anyone can take advantage of the wide range of piano music that the internet offers. You can even find piano sheet music which has been transcribed from orchestral works, or from compositions originally written for band. Some music is written on only one line which usually features the melody and then include few letters and symbols which signify the chords that are to be performed. It is also available in a wide range of genres including, jazz, blues, rock-n-roll, and more.

Who ever thought that an entire library of music could now be available with the push of a button? From those just getting acquainted with the world of sheet music to the experts who have an important gig to perform the next day, everyone can take advantage of the web's gigantic database of music.

Here are a few common pitfalls many pianists fall into, when getting started with a new piece of music.

1. First off, many people like to play through a new piece of sheet music without initially analyzing the score. Before you tackle the whole composition, you should first become familiar with that particular composition's language. Look over the music to get a feel for its length and structure. Doing this initial 'birds-eye' view analysis will really help you master a piece of music faster than if you just sat down and started to play right through it.

2. Prior to reading music, located anything that looks out of the ordinary for instance odd musical notes, unexpected chords or anything else. Highlight anything that you know will need to research further. Check any terms you don't have an understanding of by using an online music dictionary.

3. Constantly observe your written music for any unexpected changes in harmonies, rhythm or note patterns. If the key changes in the middle of a song, mark it so that you will become more aware of it during your practice. Look for tempo changes in the song and highlight them as well. Examining the music and marking it will help you learn about it faster and make it easier to perform in the long run.

4. Some areas of a composition repeat themselves; lookout for those to make your job less complicated later on. Many traditional pieces of music have this feature. Remember, every complicated piece of music can usually be broken down into components which are far less difficult to decipher.

5. One final suggestion is to work on the most tricky sections of the score first. Master the most troublesome sections first so that the rest of the music will be much easier to manage. Do as my instructor once said: "try and lay one perfect brick" each and every day.

Numerous websites today allow you to easily download free sheet music for piano. However, finding websites which have quality sheet music typically requires a bit of digging. Things used to be so much less troublesome when books existed as it was easier to tell which edition was good and which was bad. By understanding how a piece of music is composed, you'll become better at picking out the quality pieces of sheet music from the mediocre ones.

John Valerianov is a writer for the net's trendiest piano music site. Read our latest articles which feature clever ways to find free sheet music for piano.

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