Garnet Walters

Pianist Educator Producer Composer Arranger

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Musical Literacy

Lately, I have been learning more and more that music IS a language.  Yes, it is a saying which can come off as a cliche, however it still holds true.  I have been working on my sight reading a lot lately.  I can read music and learn a piece when I have to.  The one thing that I want to improve is my sight reading.  Think about it.  When you go to the doctor's office and you see a magazine that appeals to you, you just take it up and read it.  You probably haven't seen the magazine before but you still read it AND you understand it.  I want my sight reading to be that way as well.  Playing music is like speaking a language, writing music is like typing an email (or this blog), so reading music on sight should be like going to Barnes and Noble to read through books that catches your interest.  It is a humbling experience but it is worth it.  I can sight read hymns pretty well but I need to branch out and challenge myself with different styles of music.  At the end of it all, I want to be fluent in the language of music, always adding vocabulary to what I already know!