Let's Practice Sight Reading on the Piano Together

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.

Watch this video and follow along in this PDF so that we can practice this skill together. Then, on your own, keep these things in mind:

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

  • Articulation

  • Dynamics

  • Fingerings and hand position changes

  • Key signature and time signature

  • Pedal

  • Any other symbols

  • Patterns

  • 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)

  • Unexpected things

  • 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!

Helen Marlais Sight Reading Books

Keith Snell Sight Reading Books

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