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How to Read Music: Beginner Fundamentals of Music and How to Read Musical Notation by [Andreas, Erich]
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"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

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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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  • File Size: 1387 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: www.YourGuitarSage.com (September 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0W4J3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I have always dreamed of playing guitar. Erich has helped me along this path with his books. This one is no different. Learning to read music and understand the music structure will help legitimize my guitar dream.
Thanks Erich!
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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...and I care about animals and good causes, but for the type of book, maybe you should keep it for a non music learning how to read music. I actually check some guy on YouTube video that for free let's you learn songs, chords, etc.
Really disappointed.
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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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Basic descriptive text. Lots of terminolgy thrown in without adequate explanations, details, examples of reading on actual pages of sheet music. Plenty of prompts for higher ratings and advertising more products. This rating based on expected content and usefulness.
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Too much information too quickly. A little more advanced than for a real beginner, I don't play by ear. I was confused as to how eighth and sixteenth notes get counted. I liked the way the it was organized, however. It was easy to read.
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