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Master reading notes in 10 minutes per week

Do you want to start reading notes?

You may be here because you want to find something that can make you effectively learn how to read notes without spending too much time.

Why do you need to be able to read notes?

The struggle with sheet music

You probably want to learn a particular song, but you cannot find the tutorial on YouTube, or on Synthesia (if you play the piano). You only found the sheet music and now you’re full of questions.

  • How do you interpret the symbols on those 5 lines?
  • Why can a note written in the same position on the staff have two different names?
  • And, especially, how can you remember that?

It's a complete mess!

Nowadays you’re maybe writing the name of every single note in your music sheets, even with a simplified version of the piece.That takes a lot of time.

So much time gets lost just for finding the right notes of just one piece.

You try to get some help

What about going to online forums and ask for help? But thenthey have a different version of the same song. Everything gets more complicated, with no real results at the end.

Even if the other users have the same version, you still have to wait for a reply, if anyone wants to write one.

What about going to YouTube and see if someone is playing it, trying to copy what the pianist is playing?

Easily done! Just go to YouTube, type your song and see the other piano players playing it. At this time, two things can happen:

  • You can find someone playing it, but still, you cannot follow everything at his pace. If you lose the track, you have to go back and find the exactmoment you were looking for.
  • You can find someone playing it, but you can’t see his/her hands. Therefore you have to do it by ear. But only a few selected ones have the absolute pitch, and consequently,it could be something challenging for you.

Let’s be honest: whatever of the solution I wrote about, you cannot spend all this time to just read a few notes!

So let’s learn how to read notes

At this point, you probably have lost your hope and decided to learn how to read the notes, starting from the violin clef.

You went through a bunch of those video tutorial on YouTube. You think to have learnt all of the notes. The day after, you go back to see if you remember them and…bum, you forgot all of them!

Go back to the video tutorial… rinse and repeat.

Why these approaches don't work

It’s not true that these approaches don’t work, they do… but too slow! Probably with them it’ll take a few years of studies just for the violin clef. That’s way too much. Imagine there is also the bass clef!

If you for example use Synthesia for learning new pieces, you need immediate access to a computer near the piano. Otherwise, you have to go back and forth to the pc. The same thing accounts for Youtube – they’re just time suckers.

And, you cannot continue to write the names of the notes on your paper. It’s too much work.


There’s an alternative…

A few years ago, I had different classes of kids in which I had to teach them how to:

  • Read notes in two different clefs: violin clef and bass clef.
  • Learn to collocate them in the piano keyboard (88 keys piano key, like the real thing!)
  • Spending not more than 10 minutes per week.

After having tried them successfully with these three groups of kids, I used the same approach with teenagers, adults and people over 60, obtaining the same excellent results.

What I came up with is a series of exercises focusing on just one area and repeating that area multiple time so it can really stick in your memory

Why does this method work? Simply because to learn something effectively, you need to repeat it. Repeating the same exercises at different times and ways will solidify the notes in your brain.

I was so happy (and a little bit proud) of this method that I decided to adopt it for every student.  Even more, I decided to collect them in a book so you can benefit from my work also if you don’t study with me!


The Studio MusicalMente

Reading notes booklet

What you will get

This workbook is a printed A4 book, ring bound,  with 68 pages comprising four different types of exercises repeated, so that the concepts can stick in your memory. For this workbook, we selected thick good quality paper, so that it can stand different erasing and hard usage. 

The book is physical, delivered to you via courier. It’ll be delivered to you after your order online on our store.

I’d like to make you notice one particular thing: this is not a theory book, the concepts are here NOT explained. The ideas here are only applied and practised!

As said before, the workbook presents 4 different sections. Let’s see them in greater detail.

Module 1: Reading notes on the violin clef

The first time you’ll learn the notes, you’ll read them using the violin clef. This is the way to go for reading piano, violin, trumpet, saxophone, flute parts. The workbook comprises 10 exercises in this clef.

  • Learn how to read the violin clef in the first octave, so you can read the most simple tunes
  • Learn how to read the notes outside the staff, so you can read the more advanced tunes
  • Find references points for the violin clef, so you can speed up your reading skills


Exercising your skills in this section makes you able to read parts for whatever instrument using the violin clef. You won’t lose time anymore finding a tutorial on YouTube or other platforms, whatever instrument you play.

Module 2: Reading notes on the bass clef

If you started with the violin clef, then your teacher will introduce you the bass clef after a few months of lessons… unless you are a bass player. In this case, you will learn first the bass clef, then the violin clef.

Reading the bass clef is useful for very low instruments, such as bass guitar, double bass, cello, tuba and the lower part of the piano range. The workbook comprises of 16 exercises in this section.

  • Learn how to read the bass clef in the simple octave, so you can read the most simple tunes
  • Learn how to read the notes outside the staff, so you can read the more advanced tunes
  • Find references points for the bass clef, so you can speed up your reading skills

Exercising in this area will make you able to read the bass clef fluently so that you can be equally prepared to both the two main clefs. You’ll understand how the violin clef is not easier than the bass clef. It’s just a matter of a different reference point. This will provide you with high confidence when playing your instrument, as you’ll spend less time to find the notes.

Module 3: Reading notes on violin and bass clef together

As you’re able to read both the violin and the bass clef, in this section you’ll develop the ability to switch between the two. This is extremely useful for pianists, but also for other instruments.The workbook comprises 19 exercises for this section.

  • Learn to read in the two clefs together
  • Learn to switch from one key to the other

This approach will reinforce what you’ve learned so far. In fact, switching between one key to the other will make stick better in your mind the position of the notes, providing you with a higher level of flexibility. Especially if you’d like to write your own music, being able to write notes in two clefswill save you a lot of time. Plus, you’ll differentiate yourself from the other musicians who don’t have this ability.

Module 4: Place the note written in the staff on the correct piano key

Section no. 4 is the last and will provide you with the exercises for practising the correspondence between the note written on the staff and the piano keys. The piano keyboard I put is not the simplified one that most books tend to use; instead, I put the full keyboard with 88 keys. Although it’s a little bit more difficult at the very beginning, I marked clearly the position of the middle C, so you can have an immediate reference point. The workbook comprises 18 exercises for this section.

  • Be able to place the right note written on the violin clef, with the correct key, so that you can know how to play it on the piano
  • Be able to place the right note written on the bass clef, with the correct key, so that you can know how to play it on the piano
  • Be able to practice even if you don’t have a piano at your home.

Doing this section, you’ll be able to put everything you learned before in practice, wherever you are. You can practice this even if you are on the train or in the park during a beautiful weather day!

This is the right practice if you want to raise your level. Imagine how it would be when you can start a new piece,  IMMEDIATELY playing through the music sheet, without even consulting any youtube or what-so-ever technological platform? Probably still there’ll be other technical problems on your instrument, but… how many steps did you already take?

Value & Price

  • Module #1: Reading notes on the violin clef. Value 50€
  • Module #2:Reading notes on the bass clef. Value 50€
  • Module #3: Reading notes on the violin and bass clef together. Value 60€
  • Module #4: Collocate the note written in the staff on the correct piano key. Value 35€

    (Total value: 195€)

The excellent news is that we’re selling these first copies of the READING THE NOTES WORKBOOK with the price tag of 15€. (expedition excluded)

You have to act now!

In fact, this price is only for the first 25 copies we had printed right now. But, more important than the number of copies we have available till now, I’m totally sure that you DON’T WANT TO:

  • Waste time just to know about which notes you have to play
  • Waste time with the same amateurs solutions for finding those notes
  • Lose an opportunity to get immediately better with the best way to learn READING THE NOTES!

PS: Learn to play songs faster by knowing immediately the notes in the sheet music. This will happen if you exercise with The Reading the notes Workbook!  

PS: Only available in The Netherlands. 14 days-money back guarantee (expeditions for returning for your own account)

Frequently Asked Questions

The “Reading the Notes Workbook” is a physical book, A4 format, ring bounded. 

For sending you the book, we’re going to use DHL courier. 


Inside the Netherlands, the pack will be delivered to you in about 1-2 days. 

We’re going to send the pack within the 1 working day after you confirm your order.

If it happens so, which could be rare as we’re using good quality couriers, please write to us via email: . We’ll provide you with another good quality of the book. 

Although we always check the integrity of what we send and we use couriers known by their quality, it’s possible that sometimes the package gets damaged. In this case, please consider contacting us for having your item substituted. 

Yes, you can have a refund only if the book is not used and within 14 days from your date of purchase. For refunds, we apply the rules present in the Netherlands. If you would like a refund, please contact us via email: . You’ll be asked to send back the item via post.

Whenever we receive your package, we’ll refund you the order that you paid (the cost of the book + the cost of the first sending). You’ll just have to pay only the expedition costs for returning back the book. Note: the book has to be in mint conditions (see “Is it possible to obtain a refund if I started using the book?”). 

If you started using the book, writing on it or consuming it in other forms, the paid amount could not be refunded.

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