Love new music? Me too. Today, I’d like show you the first things you can do with new flute sheet music to ensure speedier success. This can make a huge difference in your ability to learn the piece easily, quickly, and correctly.
I recently had a lesson day with a whole set of students who were all about the same age and about the same level. The interesting thing I noticed, as the day progressed, was that they all seemed to make about the same mistakes on the same pieces, in the exact same spots.
Vital to your success when beginning a new piece.
This caused me to reflect a bit and assume that these types of mistakes were best fixed by being prevented in the first place.
So, imagine sitting down with a brand new page of sheet music. There’s a little thing that all students seem to jump to and that is the desire to just start.
But, believe it or not, there are a few things that must be done before you go and attack a new tune. The very first thing you need to do when picking up a new piece of sheet music is to do what I call ‘the scan’.
Take a quick scan and look up and down the page. This will help you get familiar with the length of the piece, the difficulty level, and sometimes even the form.
Next is to check that title. The title of a piece of music can give a musician some hints as to how the music will feel or how it should be played. Take a minute to recognize who the composer is and hopefully the year it was composed as well. These things will give you clues as to the style the piece should be played in.
After that five second scan, it’s time to look at on of the most important markings on sheet music, which is the key signature. This is probably the number one mistake that flute players make when they begin a new piece. So find out what the key signature says and whether or not you have any sharps or flats before you even play a single note so you can avoid making those oh so common mistakes.
These little steps take less than a minute all together but are vital to your success when beginning a new piece. So don’t forget the first few things you need to do when you get some new flute sheet music.
What are some other things that you do to get familiar with some new sheet music? Leave a comment below to share your ideas, let’s keep this conversation going.