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How to Read Music: Beginner Fundamentals of Music and How to Read Musical Notation [Kindle Edition]

Erich Andreas
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Have you ever wanted to quickly learn how to read music? Today you will begin to read How to Read Music.  This book will have you on your way to reading all types of music for guitar and piano.

How to Read Music: Beginner Fundamentals of Music and How to Read Musical Notation is written by the #1 Amazon.com Bestselling author Erich Andreas. Erich's easy-to-understand teaching style has been known to get beginners on their way to mastering music reading.

Inside the Book You Will Discover:

- Everything to Reading Music
- Musical Notation
- Physics to Sound
- Music theory for Beginners 
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Amazon.com Reviews:
"When I heard of this book, I instantly bought it with no hesitation. His method of communication and his system WORKS!...However, this book will give you all the tools you will need to read any musical notation. Overall, his explanations are very clear, almost like you have a patient friend sitting there explaining things to you. The pictures are extremely helpful." - josh eaves

From the Back Cover

How to Read Music unlocks the code of musical notation and explains the fundamentals of music in a simple yet thorough manner allowing the reader to see music in a new dimension.  This no-nonsense book unravels the science and symbols behind sheet music reading and writing.  As the name suggests, How to Read Music will give you the tools for reading/writing sheet music, but moreover will explain how scale/chord relationship, key, intervallic relationship and the physics of sound play into reading music.  From the author that brought you the Amazon.com best-seller, Guitar Mastery Simplified, How to Read Music is a MUST for any musician who wants to sight-read and/or understand music from a new theoretical angle.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness Incarnate September 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok, so "Awesomeness Incarnate" might be a tad bit lofty, but it's at least up there with, say, the cure for cancer, a Nobel Prize, or the person who invented Velcro. Seriously.

All right, I'm still joking, but this book IS GOOD. It's a necessary compliment to Erich's system and anyone who wants a thorough understanding of music reading.

When I heard of this book, I instantly bought it with no hesitation. His method of communication and his system WORKS! Now, this book isn't like the normal book you would pick up at the music store. You won't find tons of songs and sheet music with little explanation. In fact, it is the opposite: lots of explanation. You will still have to go out and find some sheet music to practice on, a lot of sheet music. However, this book will give you all the tools you will need to read any musical notation. Overall, his explanations are very clear, almost like you have a patient friend sitting there explaining things to you. The pictures are extremely helpful.

Why am I so adamant about Erich in general? Simply, his method works and his explanations make sense. I first learned of Erich Andreas through his youtube videos ([...] which readily convinced me that Erich's style of teaching is a perfect fit for me. Almost immediately I turned to his Unstoppable Guitar System ([...] Recently, I had to do some training out of town, so I decided to swing by a local music store for a lesson. I explained to the teacher I was mainly self-taught with online videos and with a little less than a month's time practicing. The teacher was amazed. He asked me twice how long I had been practicing, stating my progress was remarkable. He said normally people who are self taught over shoot their cords, don't curl their fingers, etc. I don't say that to brag. It's all because of the hard work you see here. Hope this helps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Beginners November 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having already read one of Erich Andreas's other works, "Ukelele Mastery Simplified," I grabbed a copy of "How to Read Music" as a companion to it, helping me along on my musical journey. I thought I already knew how to read music but Andreas explains every aspect of the written music standard that has served the arts for hundreds of years. He points out some of the subtleties of music's lexicon, lays out a less cumbersome method for deciphering what is printed on the staff.

Though the content is valuable, what jumped out at me is that Andreas is a musical business man and is selling a system. I thought the hyperlinks that periodically asked for "Five Star Reviews" were kind of cheesy. I think Andreas's method is probably good enough that his readers will catch on without the ads and will want to explore the other materials he offers.

Read this book for the content explaining musical concepts. Skip over the pleas for reviews and the music method sales info and you'll get your money's worth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable and informative September 19, 2013
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Erich is a gifted gifted guitar instructor and a very good author. He manages to take a rather dry and formidable subject - reading music - and make it interesting and understandable. Excellent work, Erich: another great job by a musician who truly wants to help budding guitarists succeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another helpful book by Erich Andreas September 19, 2013
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This is the second book I have read and reread by this author and I gotta say, this one is every bit as helpful as his "Guitar Ninja" book is. I learned to read music in junior high but, like all skills, "if you don't use them, you lose them"...and I didn't and did. I have been teaching myself how to REALLY play the guitar; and to do that properly, I feel it is in my best interest to re-acquaint myself with reading music. Along comes this book on the top 100 free list, and the rest is history.

The book is well written, succinct and follows a logical progression as it moves you along the path to reading music. Even if you have never had any instruction in music before, this book will give a huge helping hand. I think it is just what I needed as a refresher course and I will continue to refer to it as I practice, practice, practice the skills I once had mastered. The linked table of contents makes navigation easy in this one.

With little fluff and a lot of great information, this short is helping me and I'm sure it will help you as well. If you have a genuine desire to learn how to read music, and you faithfully practice what you learn here, this is the book to get you started. A solid 4 3/4 stars from me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't normally do reviews, but..... September 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I learned more in the time it took to read this book than I have in two years of trying to teach myself how to play an instrument! Basic? Yes. But quite thorough. And more importantly, Erich explained it in a way that made sense! Definitely five stars and I'm looking forward to his next book! Another and this time significant step in my music education. Try it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informatative September 18, 2013
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Lots of information for the beginner as well as the serious musician. This book is easy to follow and understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD REFERENCE BOOK WITH BENEFITS September 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a good little reference book for the beginning reader. It has a coupon in it for $100 off Erich Andreas' complete course and a bunch of free instructional videos that are invaluable especially for beginning and intermediate students.

This guy is a very competent teacher; whatever he chooses to convey he can and I never fail to walk away with a new skill or a piece of knowledge. The lessons contain embedded videos to see hear and read the lessons.

He's got a gift for teaching; he does everything but practice for you...since I don't have the funds to purchase his full guitar system at the moment, I thought the least I could do is give him some free advertising in exchange for all the great freebies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear
The best (and maybe the shortest) explanations I have seen so far in any book on the fundamentals of music.
Published 1 day ago by Allan B. Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Teacher
To make it short and sweet, this man will teach you if you want to learn. I've tried to learn this in many ways, and he is finally getting the job done. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mrs. Brighty Plum
2.0 out of 5 stars REALLY DISAPPOINTED
I have enjoyed Erich's video classes, but this reads like Cliff's Notes to Grove's Music Encyclopedia. Topic, definition, topic, definition . Read more
Published 8 days ago by itsabramo
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a dictionary not a "How To " Book
This book may at some time in the future be extremely good as a "how to" book for cyborgs. However it is completely useless for anything other than a dictionary of music... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Hairylegs21
3.0 out of 5 stars This book tries to cover everything, and as a result covers everything...
It would be great if there were more information about how to actually find notes on the guitar fretboard, and find them fast. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to know
Very informative learned a lot about music I didn't know from high school would recommend it for dinner and done
Published 29 days ago by John Grady
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
helpful but I was hoping it explained things better. it provides basic understanding of notes on the guitar which was helpful.
Published 1 month ago by Capt Ron
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginners? I think not
Well, I was disappointed with the"Beginners Fundamentals..." this was a good teaser...to get you buying some lessons on the website. Not enough substance... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mayan5
5.0 out of 5 stars Music book
Good guitar aid I would recommend to any age group. If you want to learn guitar you must have this in your library.
Published 1 month ago by Marty
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a guitar app!!!!
if you're buying this book in order to sit down, look at tha diagrams and play the guitar, you purchase the wrong book. This is all theory.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I have been playing/teaching guitar for nearly 30 years. My expertise is in rock, blues, country and folk styles. I am VERY passionate about teaching guitar to the world and have a unique way of teaching concepts in ways that YOU WON'T FORGET! I believe that if you can envision it, you can do it. I am a big advocate of animal welfare. I believe in Karma and dying having changed this world for the good! NOW, let's play some guitar!

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