MATERIALS:

Score reading Basic Survival Guide page 1

Score reading Basic Survival Guide page 2

J. S. Bach: Chaconne from Violin Partita No 2 - Infographic

J. S. Bach: Chaconne from Violin Partita No 2 - Score with annotations

G. Faure: Sicilienne Op 78 for cello and piano - Infographic

G. Faure: Sicilienne Op 78 for cello and piano - Score with annotations

 

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

The aim of this page is to draw attention to the importance of score reading as a method of developing critical listening and analysis skills, and most importantly listening to more music. And if you listen to more music, it will also make a difference to the way you play.

What is score reading? To put it simply, in this context, score reading is following the score along while listening to the music. In real life it also includes separate and sectional analysis of the score in different contexts.

I am convinced that especially in an area such as listening, it really has to be the individual person who shows curiosity and initiative.

Explore, listen to related and unrelated pieces, read books, memoirs, reviews. Think and analyse. What are the things that you agree or disagree with?

Also, score reading, if done attentively, will help you with your sight reading as well as identifying nuances in your pieces.

I will be occasionally putting up the scores of a few random pieces, along with some random annotations, the point of which are to prompt you/your students to look a little bit more carefully at the score. As these notes are not aimed for a particular level of instrumental playing, rather at people at a late beginner-intermediate level who are looking to increase their listening skills, some of the annotations cover extremely basic concepts while others might require some beginner students to do a little bit of research. And that is exactly the point! ;) For each piece there will also be an infographic with a few general knowledge points about the piece.

Hopefully you will enjoy listening and analysing more!

Remember, most of your education comes from your own desire to explore new things :)

I am only starting this project, so gradually I will be putting up more pieces. Meanwhile, above are some notes, some Bach and Faure.

In case you don't already know about it, IMSLP.org is the place to go to for an amazing online collection of scores.

 

 

 

P.S. Obviously, all materials published on this page will be free, but please respect normal copyright laws and only use them with good intention for yourself, students and friends :)Thank you! All scores on this page are in public domain, originally taken from imslp.org and the infographics were made with Piktochart.