Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Improve Sight Reading Music with NoteBusters!!

Many of you who read my blog can probably tell by now that I love music. Our family sings a lot, and I love nothing better than listening to a favorite cd and singing along. I have thought about learning to play the piano for quite some time, and recently decided that I'm really going to apply myself. An early New-Years-Resolution, I guess! One that I am determined to keep though. I already know how to read music, but I am not good at sight reading-it can take me quite a while to figure out a piece of music! I've been trying to improve this, and recently discovered the perfect tool. It's called NoteBusters, and while the concept is simple, it's also so ingenious that I'm wondering why I've never heard of it before!

NoteBusters is a music workbook book that consists of a series of speed drills basically. Remember in school when you had a math drill, and had 1 minute to correctly answer as many math problems possible? That's basically what NoteBusters is, only you have to correctly identify as many notes as possible! Page after page of randomly placed notes encourage and help musicians with their sight reading skills. 

There are 240 of these 1-minute drills, which cover over 30 notes on both the treble and bass clefs. Designed for beginner to intermediate musicians, I think this would be great practice for anyone interested in reading music faster! This would be perfect for a single person, a group, school class, music teacher, etc. I am totally in love with the concept of NoteBusters, and I'm looking forward to seeing my sight-reading skills improve as I work through the book!

"NOTEBUSTERS is a music workbook designed to increase sight-reading skills. NOTEBUSTERS was created by an experienced music teacher and musician who was unsatisfied with the lack of note reading practice material in typical music theory books.
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 provides students with straightforward exercises that take only one minute each."

Check out NoteBusters for yourself, and I know you'll love the book as much as I do!

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review; I did receive product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine; all quotes taken from the NoteBusters website. I was not required to post favorably about the product or company.


  1. Looks like a great learning method. I learned piano when I was a child but forgot a lot of my skills, and this would be great for brushing up on music reading.

  2. Wow! This would make note reading so easy! Wish I had this as a kid...but I will definitely use it for our kids.