So I'm trying to learn how to quickly read sheet music, and so I'd like to be able to identify chords/arpeggios quickly. I understand it will take lots of practice, but I want to be sure I'm practicing the right thing.
I've been using a method to identify intervals between notes. I count how many steps there are on the staff between the notes, that's my interval. Then, because the staff is not linear due to half-steps in diatonic scale, i adjust depending on the interval and whether or not it went over some half steps. For a 2,3 I make the interval minor if there's a half step in it, because 2,3 don't have them. For 4,5,6,7 they need one half step, but not two. After all this is factored in, I include the accidentals and key signature. Thus i have the interval and quality.
This seems completely absurd. Especially If I'm going to be looking at stacked 7 chords, I can't count all these intervals separately.
Is there a better way to think about recognizing chords? It seems like the chords even with identical shapes would change depending on where they are in the staff. And this isn't even counting inversions.
Any suggestions? I have no issue practicing 6+ hours a day, I just need to make sure I'm doing the right thing.