For as long as I've been playing piano, I've always played by ear and I can replicate a lot of songs/pieces after I hear them a few times (I have synesthesia and I might have perfect pitch), but I really want to learn sheet music so I can play more complex pieces and play 8 hand piano, duets, etc. I've watched countless youtube videos but none of them seem to be helping me; if the youtube video says to play a simple piece and they are playing along with me, I instinctively don't look at the sheet music and end up memorizing it...
(I'm in my school's band so I know how to read music for the flute...but it feels so different when I try to read sheet music and play the piano).
I don't want to lose the skill of improvising and play by ear, but I also want to learn sheet music and eventually sight read.
Does anyone have any suggestions/tips for this?
Edit: Thank you all for the suggestions! They really help!
I'm first going to write music to learn (write the score of a song/piece that I already know) to create an association between my hands/the piano and the dots
Then I'm going to try to sightread sheet music from pieces/songs that I have never heard before
Learn new etudes every day, and not play the ones that I have learned for a couple of months while I get better at sight reading.
Also, I'll make the etudes harder as times goes on
Again, thank you so much for the help- I really appreciate it!