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posted: 12/24/2004 at 7:49:37 PM ET
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I've been playing the keyboard (primarily organ) by ear for several years but would really like to read music as well. I have taken several classes in music theory so I know timing, note values, pitches, etc. and can match them up on the keyboard.

I can take a piece of music and play it through slowly by reading the music (chord by chord - see the notes, identify them, and play them), but I cannot read the music fast enough to play it in "real time". If I practice a piece over and over, eventually I can play it correctly, but I think I find myself memorizing it and then playing it by ear anyway. Any suggestions?

I have been told my more than once source that is is much more difficult for someone to begin reading music if he/she can play by ear. I'm beginning to believe that but I'm determined to learn it anyway!

Thank you.

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posted: 12/25/2004 at 6:59:44 PM ET
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all i can really say is.. just keep practicing. take simpler pieces, ones that might be easy to sight read. once you get better at reading the notes (and recognizing them) faster, then you can slowly move to harder pieces.

it just takes time, keep practicing!

good luck.

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