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Sight Reading / Singing and Aural skills really are things your teacher should be doing with you. I know sometimes teachers don't have the time or the patience to these things themselves but I still think it is poor for a teacher not to be doing these things with you. You don't consider your pupils like the mince going through a sausage stuffer. You need to ...


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You should start by making sure what your range is ie the notes you can comfortably sing. Baritones also have 'deep' voices make sure you are certain of what type of singer you are exactly. When you have done this the fun part begins. You can start of by just singing along with the piano. No words just try to match the sound the piano makes (Be certain the ...


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We don't know the program--you'll need to talk to someone there to find out what exactly the prerequisites are. Usually this is the kind of question that the teacher for the course you're going to take would be happy to answer. In general for introductory theory courses they won't care at all about the quality of your voice, only that you can produce ...


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AB has recently included sight singing in the piano grades too, so your teacher should be looking at that aspect to prepare for exams along with everything else. Often, as Neil suggests, the aural bit of exam stuff is left till the rest is good - it is a small percentage - but it still needs to be part of each lesson. My pupils can't escape it !


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Just a different sort of flashcard. Get some blank postcards and a black marker pen and in your best musical handwriting, notate a rhythmic pattern lasting one crotchet on each card. Each single card could contain for instance (a non-exhaustive list): crotchet quaver quaver crotchet rest dotted quaver semiquaver semiquaver semiquaver quaver rest Triplet ...


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By doing scales in the lower positions. What I also find useful is to not stymie your creativity by only knowing a scale two octaves in one position. Learn an octave of a scale on one two and three strings. For instance two string scale and you go the the next string after the fourth note of the scale and learn to go after the fifth as well. When you have ...


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I'd be inclined to use the same studies, but use position 1 of the C scale, which spans between 7th and 10th frets.The root C is on bottom string, 8th fret. On the lower strings, you'll play exactly the same notes as starting on 5th st, 3rd fret. As much as possible, try to keep your playing within a four finger/ four fret span. Using open strings in some ...


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One way is to use the scales you already know, but shift the fretted notes down one string and up to the 5th fret but use the same open strings as always. C Major Scale (C:V) $6.8 $4.0 $5.7 8 $3.0 $4.7 $2.0 $3.5 You can see from this example that the fifth fret itself is only needed for one note, the upper C. So, the same technique can be applied to ...


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It isn't really that useful to think of the sightreading tests for a graded music exam in comparison to the performance pieces for graded music exams. This is because: the sightreading tests are much shorter, more like exercises than actual pieces. the sightreading tests are designed simply to test your ability to read notation and perform it at sight; ...


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As others have said: most sight-singing classes don't care if your voice sounds well. It's all about reading, keeping rythm and holding pitch. It's not a voice lesson. You're not becoming an opera singer, you're developing a more intimate relation to written music. For holding pitch, which I suspect is your main concern, a lot of it is about building ...


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Unless you are going to be a singer, don't worry too much about vocal quality. Obviously, there are books you can read on vocal pedagogy to help with healthy singing technique, but probably not necessary in your case; ask your singer friends for some pointers and I'm sure they'll be happy to help you out. One of the ways I learned to sight-sing that was ...



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