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Here are some tips for the piano on how to sight-read Avoid looking at your hands while sight-reading. This will help you "memorize" the keyboard, so your eyes can stay on the music and allow you to look ahead in the music Avoid the urge to play the piece at performance tempo right away. Play the piece at half speed or maybe even slower if that is what you ...


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Learn to visualize the keys in your minds eye. This is not as easy as it sounds but if you can keep it up it will help.


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One thing to avoid is music with "aids for beginners" like fingering on every note, or letters for the pitch names. You can fall into the trap of unconsciously "reading the fingering" not "reading the notes". Also, you need to be "really sight-reading" using music that you have never seen before. You can get an endless supply of that for free from a website ...


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As a string player, I found playing in small and large ensembles very helpful for getting more solid with sightreading. Playing with others forces you to keep going even if you missed a little something along the way. And it helps you get in the habit of looking slightly ahead so you aren't too surprised by a sudden key change or whatever. Pianists are at ...


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There are no tricks. Just a lot of practice with songs at a level that you find easy. Strive to stay in time and just read as well as you can. This is a separate practice in addition to learning new songs/keeping repertoire fresh/improv exercises/etc etc etc. In a year with lots of practice it'll get noticeably easier. Past 2 years (again, with lots ...


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As someone once told me in school, the only way to learn how to sight read is to sight read. Start with stuff that you can learn easily, and mix things up with greater and lesser challenges. As you get better, learn how to fake difficult passages by leaving out and changing some of the notes. As you get still better, then you will find that you have to do ...


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I actually really enjoy playing the lead lines of violin music on guitar. You can fill in some more notes with a bass notes that ring or the strumming of chord on the strong pulse. It is really good at developing a musical sensitivity as well as getting you good at sight reading. If you do this just make sure the music is written in a guitar friendly key ...


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I use William Leavitt's "A Modern Method for Guitar". I'm currently working on volume 1 (out of 3). It starts nice and easy with the C major scale in open position, where you have a few pages of studies, duets, etc. The book also teaches you chords (mostly triads) related to that position. Then it moves on to other scales (G major and F major, if i recall ...


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A technique advocated by Steve Vai on this one is to pick up some sheet music books for other instruments, especially violin. Being a hardy Scot I'd recommend some fiddle tunes, but that's up to you ;) A book specific to guitar that I've found great for sight-reading practice is Harmony for Guitar. Sight reading isn't the direct focus of the book, but all ...



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