Although I've noticed a huge improvement in my ability to sight read recently, I'm also noticing that I really have to look at my hands every bar or so to get the hand position correct. As long as I'm going slowly this is ok, but I want to be able to sight read at speed. I'm not sure if the reason I can't is because of my need to look at my hands, or just a general need for more experience at the keyboard.
So I have two questions:
- How much is too much? Would, for example, a pro just sit down and never look at their hands, or is there some glancing involved?
- Is it a good strategy to just open a simple piece that I'm familiar with and try to play by touch? Should I instead try to do this at all times, even though it may lead to very wrong notes at times?