After I know the letters for the note designations and the pitches, when I am reading them, I implement the music this way:
- I see the note on the staff.
- I know that is a G. I think "G" when I read it.
- I hit G on the piano.
That seems unintuitive to me and very slow. I have read more than one of the sight-reading questions on this site, but I did not see guidance on how to think when sight-reading.
Should it be that I see the note, hit the key, and I already know its letter (A, B, C, etc.)?
Should it be that I see the note and I know the key to press. I'm not sure if naming the actual letter of the note is something I should be doing. I know them. I just don't think it helps to think about them when sight-reading. (Granted, this takes lots of practice.)
Is it like typing? I don't think of the letter and then hit the keyboard. I may have a long, long time ago. I do not remember.
Edit: Should I even say the note to myself? I wanted to practice writing them, but I find myself saying, G, G, G, A, A, A (and so on) each time I write the note on the staff while practicing. I'm not sure that's right.
Edit: Here is an example from emusictheory.com, http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/html5/note-names-drill-treble.html: