You must be able to read music !
In order to read music just as easily as you read a text sent by your best friend, you need to first be able to know what to play the instant you see a note. To help you learn this skill, you need to make a set of flash cards of the notes on the staff, and PRACTICE with those flash cards for at least 5 minutes every day. (preferably twice a day - once in the morning and once at night - even just 3 minutes each time).
If you are in one of my bands, this note reading IS PART 1 OF YOUR EXAM for the 3rd quarter. You can take the exam up to 6 times over the course of the 3rd quarter to improve your grade.
We have made our flashcards in lessons, but if you aren't in lessons, or lost your cards, below are copies of the front and back of each card you will need to memorize;
These are the cards for the treble clef;
Learn these if you play FLUTE, CLARINET, SAXOPHONE,TRUMPET, or MALLETS
THESE ARE THE CARDS FOR THE BASS CLEF;
Learn these if you play TROMBONE , BARITONE or any other BASS CLEF instrument
KEEP PRACTICING with your flashcards until you can name every note instantly, without hesitation.