I'm taking a look at the following books:

Sight Reading & Rhythm Every Day

Improve Your Sight Reading - Paul Harris

I just want advice whether it is necessary to do books 1 and 2. I want to skip to book 3 (I feel like level 3 sightreader)

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I guess it depends on what you mean by 'I feel like a level 3 sightreader'.

If you have a teacher, they would be a good person to ask; part of their job is to assess where you are at, and what will be most helpful for your musical development.

But I'm guessing that you probably don't have one? That's fine; you just need to do that self assessment thing yourself.

Now, I don't know you, and I don't know those particular books, but to get an answer, I would ask:

  • Is there anything in the earlier books that you don't understand, or can't learn elsewhere? Can you go to a music store and flick through the first couple, just to check?
  • Can I comfortably sight read the first few exercises in Book 3?

If the answer to either of those is no, then I'd consider Book 2. You don't want to start too advanced and then get frustrated. If you're comfortable, you might as well get Book 3, and give it a go. If it's too hard, do Book 2, then come back to Book 3 later.

If someone is familiar with this specific series, I'm sure they'll be able to give you a more specific answer.


I guess there's no teacher to guide you, otherwise the question wouldn't have been posed. Get books 1 and 2 as well. For what they cost, it's worth being able to refer to something that in book 3 has been taken for granted. Building houses with no foundations...


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