I have recently started playing again after a 10-year-ish break.
When I first learn a piece I consciusly read it note by note.
Well, almost note by note, if I see an ascending scale starting from e.g. C I won't actually read it note by note.
But when I practice it at a more comfortable speed, after I've gone through it a couple of times, I realize I'm not actually reading notes, I'm more like looking at the music and thinking: "oh, here's that bit", "here's that phrase", "oh, in this bar we repeat the theme in a different key - okay".
I tend to look at phrases, shapes and parts of phrases.
On the other hand, I am doing something with the music, because if you take the printed music away from me I basically stop at the first phrase or at the second or third bar wondering "okay, what comes next?"
Is this a bad habit?
If it is, how do I stop it?