Stave Breakthrough™ Method

The Stave Breakthrough™ Method

Please look at the graphic below, if you recognise the note by its position on the stave as a G with the time value of two beats prepare to start using Stave Breakthrough.

G note


The G note has a duration of two beats and is referred to as a Minim (UK/Europe) or Half Note (USA). To make it easier Stave Breakthrough prefers each note to be named by its length. That is, the number of beats between each event written on the stave.


In the example below 2 single beats must pass before the next note is sung, played or stops if the next event is a rest. The note to play, or sing, in any clef is a G

G note

Before reading a piece of music in the Stave Breakthrough manner students should name the Key, the number of beats per measure and take note of the tempo.

The two parts of this particular note in this example are a G note that lasts for two beats.

Here is the problem.

A "G note that lasts for two beats," takes longer to say than it does to play.

Tap in time as you say, "a G note that lasts for two beats," you will find it takes 4 beats to say.
Two beats too long. It gets worse as the notes get quicker.
They all take 4 beats to say.

The Stave Breakthrough technique condenses this to a “2 beat G.”



Please read the Handbook carefully and download the app to ensure everything about Stave Breakthrough is understood.

The annotations written on the music below, are a visualisation of what a student "sees" when using Stave Breakthrough™. A pencil can be used to write the annotations on the music, but only as a temporary measure.

Students say the timing and the notes aloud in the SB manner while reading their music.


SB Method


Learning to sight read music with Stave Breakthrough™

When reading notes from the stave using the Stave Breakthrough method in a classroom situation, or a private lesson, a teacher should listen while a student reads aloud from the score. At home students can record their efforts to assist their progress.

No instrument or singing is required

Within a few minutes the rendition will become smoother and the student more assured. When the hesitations and faltering have disappeared completely it is time to play or sing the piece.

Stave Breakthrough™ is completely free to use following contact with Len Collins, providing it is not used as part of any commercial venture and all creditation given to Len Collins and Stave Breakthrough™.

Stave Breakthrough™ works with all traditional sheet music, instruments and voices. Stave Breakthrough can also speed up reading of key signatures and dynamics.

Next - Key Signatures, Dynamics and Time signatures.

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