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Learn to read piano sheet music – faster than ever!

Discover the language of music through flowkey, with 11 lessons filled with more than 20 interactive note-reading exercises and over 50 video tutorial guides.

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Reading sheet music enables you to teach yourself to play any song or piece

You’ve learned the letters of the alphabet, you’ve learned how to count with numbers, and now it’s time to learn how to read the notes used in musical notation. Learning to read music is a task most musicians don’t take lightly as it has, time and again, proven to be a great hassle. Even if one manages to decipher the right hand’s part, by the time the left hand find its notes, it feels like hours have gone by.

This is exactly why we set ourselves the goal to completely rethink the teaching method to make reading music more accessible to everyone. flowkey enables you to learn to read music with ease while still having fun.

Our new course consist of over 11 interactive lessons and is specifically designed for those eager to learn the language of music. You will be introduced to the topic step by step, note for note, and will receive over 20 interactive note-reading exercises to improve and strengthen your newly acquired skills.

Learn to read music like a pro

Below you will find our comprehensive learning path to master reading music, easier than ever.

c d and e notes

1. C, D, and E – Right Hand

Sight-reading music is all about looking at notes in the sheets and playing them with your hands on the keyboard. In our first lesson, you will learn the first three notes, what they look like in the sheet music, and how to translate them from notated notes to music.

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f and g note right hand

2. F and G – Right Hand

Now that we’ve established what notes that you play on the keyboard look like on paper, it’s time to add a couple more notes to your right hand’s repertoire. You will also sight-read your first song in this lesson, something that probably seemed to be impossible before you began this course!

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3. C, B, and A – Left Hand

Once you understand how to properly play with your right hand while reading the notes in the top clef, it’s time to transfer that knowledge over while adapting it for your left hand. Learn the difference between the clefs in this lesson and start reading notes to be played with your left hand.

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4. G and F – Left Hand

After having successfully transferred to the bass clef and the left hand, it’s time to add a couple more notes to the equation. In this lesson, you will have assigned a note to every finger of every hand, meaning that you’re getting closer and closer to being able to sight-read music and play it simultaneously, with both hands.

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5. Practice and Repetition I

One moment, you’re beginning to learn to read music and the next, you’ve already learned about the clefs and started sight-reading yourself! To help you solidify your newly acquired skills and not forget everything you’ve learned in the first four lessons, it’s time to review what you’ve learned so far to keep it fresh and clear in your head.

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6. Note Value and Rhythm

Notes written on paper are differentiated in two ways: one, by their pitch, which we’ve already established with their location in the sheets, and two, their duration. Learn all about note value and what it means in the sixth lesson of the course to understand how long to hold the separate notes for.

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7. Rhythm Practice

Timing and knowing how long to hold down the keys of the piano is crucial when it comes to playing the instrument. Improve your sense of rhythm and test your understanding of note value and pitch. You will practice playing notes of different values and pitched in this course to get a better feel for the different types of notes.

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8. Practice and Repetition II

As you reach lesson eight of the course, you’ll realise that you’ve already come a far way and have learned a great number of ways to bring music to paper. Repeat what you learned so far to strengthen your knowledge of musical notation before it drifts into the distant, inaccessible part of your brain where all that high-school algebra resides…

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9. E, D, and C – Bass Clef

Expand your collection of pitches and practice playing three more notes with your left hand. Once again, you will continue to train your note-reading skills by playing various notes of the left hand in random order in this lesson.

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10. B, A, G, and F – Bass Clef

Before you get too comfortable sitting at the center of the piano, it’s time to go even further down the scale to reach the lower notes of the piano. Practice sight-reading notes of the bass clef by adding even more pitches to your mental book of notes and pitches.

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11. Course Conclusion

Alas, it’s time to graduate and take on the world of music by completing this course and putting your amazing new skill to the ultimate test. Play your first two-handed piece, entirely by reading the sheet music. It truly feels like it was just a moment ago that you began learning to read music, and look at you now; playing without even looking at your hands. Bravo

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After you've completed these eleven piano lessons you will have reached a new level in your piano playing. You will understand how to read notes, you will be able to transfer what your eyes see to what your hands play, and you’ll be equipped with the right tools to teach yourself virtually any piece of notated music.