By Ashlee Young Music Studio
Sight reading is an incredibly important skill. How we read and process music has a big impact on how we sound, how we feel while we play, and so many other things.
always practice sight reading at a lower level than you regularly play
always count out loud and go slower than you think you need to go
use the metronome
don't stop, don't go back
try to play it as well as possible on the first try
We want to make sure to look at ALL of the following things before we dive in to sight read.
Rhythm/counting - actually clap and count the whole example out loud
Fingerings and hand position changes
Key signature and time signature
Any other symbols
Surprises or deviations from patterns
Aspects of Musicality (title, tempo marking, character markings, etc)
Voicing (where is the melody)
Application of music theory knowledge(chord names or patterns, etc)
Potential mistake spots
For more tips on sight reading, check out this playlist of helpful videos and here are some of my favorite sight reading tools!
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