Can I Read Music?Posted: March 15, 2011
Since working as a resident advisor at the Colburn Conservatory allows me to hang around some the world’s finest musicians on a daily basis, many of them have expressed interest in the blog. Far and away, after viewing the videos in the last several posts, the most asked question has been “can you read music?”
I think my naivety is kicking in here because whenever anyone asks that, my first thought is “why would I care about reading music?”
OK, OK, so I can read a little music, but the question is, what does it mean to know how to read music? To be honest, it’s not hard to just read the notes. Here, you can read music too:
The question of whether or not I can read music might arise because of my videos. Take a look:
It seems like I’m looking at the music stand, but I’m really just looking at my hands. Whenever I play anything, whether it’s for ten seconds or a minute or more, I actually just have to memorize it. In other words, when this year’s over, I probably will be closer to reading music than I am now, but it’s not something I’m going to actively work on.
As far as the Paganini goes, it looks like I’ll be memorizing it. Isn’t that what a real musician would do for a recital anyway?