Notebusters was created to accelerate the tedious process of learning to identify musical notes for beginning to intermediate music students. Far too often, students become discouraged and quit their instrument due to frustration with note reading. Typically, students learn to identify notes with mnemonic devices or by identifying note patterns that frequently occur in basic pieces. Mastering sight-reading using only these techniques can take years, impeding students’ progress and leaving them feeling defeated.
Notebusters consists of notes that frequently occur in musical pieces but without patterns. Teaching students to quickly identify random notes along the staff increases their ability to sight-read.
Notebusters is broken into 6 sections that cover an increasing range of notes as the student progresses. The first 3 sections of the book cover notes that appear on the treble, bass, and grand staves. The final 3 sections cover notes both on and off the staff (ledger line notes):
Section 1: Treble, On Staff 9 notes | 4 weeks of exercises
Section 2: Bass, On Staff 9 notes | 8 weeks of exercises
Section 3: Grand, On Staff 18 notes | 8 weeks of exercises
Section 4: Treble, On and Off Staff 17 notes | 4 weeks of exercises
Section 5: Bass, On and Off Staff 16 notes | 8 weeks of exercises
Section 6: Grand, On and Off Staff 33 notes | 16 weeks of exercises
There are 240 exercises in total. Every five exercises, students will be challenged to play the notes from that day’s exercise on their instrument of choice. After completing the workbook, students will have been exposed to over 30 different notes! The notes covered by notebusters are perfect for beginning to intermediate piano, guitar, flute, violin, trumpet, and bass players.
Checkout our sample content that contains exercises from each section of the workbook.