Re: Best way? [Warning - LONG] (was Returned mail)
>Jack, can you recommend a good way of learning to read (short of private
>lessons or getting a degree in music?) Is there a book you can recommend for a
>non-reader like myself to learn how to read and learn about music theory?
It's weird, just today I uncovered and old book I bought which was highly
recommended by someone -- I've long forgotten their name.
This book stresses reading - not playing an instrument. They admit you will not
be able to sing beautifully, play the piano, or bazooka (if you remember that
one your older than I think). It won't get very deep into theory but it seems
like a good start.
Now, I have to confess I have not completed this book but I've skimmed through
it and it looks good. They use some interesting props (like heavy twine) - I
haven't got into that section yet but I've always wondered...?
Book claims the author taught thousands to read music in four hours.
Title: LEARN TO READ MUSIC
By: Howard Shanet (Assoc. Prof. of Music, Columbia U. & Conductor of the
ISBN 0-671-21027-0 PBK
A Fireside Book published by Simon and Schuster (I know they are still in
business - they published Kim Field's book).
The copyright date is 1956 but I bought it in '79 or '80 so it's evidently had
re-prints. Price then was $3.95 -- probably $10 or so now.
Might Check the Library first.
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