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Playing or singing a piece directly from sheet music, without prior rehearsing or studying.

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Sight reader or busker?

Having played with many, many musos over the years, it appears that each is way more proficient in either sight reading, or 'playing by ear'. I can count those who are great at both on one hand - a ...
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How to practice guitar in Minor? [closed]

I practiced Major key for my guitar using "Catholic Book of Worship" and it was an unbelievably huge help not only for sight reading but also for understanding music theory too. But the ...
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Help reading music sheet [closed]

Could someone help me explain this music sheet of Frere Jacque? The is a Violin key, A mole on the A line and some notes. What do I habe to do with them in order to play this the correct way according ...
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What is covered in music GCSE?

I'm picking my GCSE options next month and I am considering music. Does anyone know what is covered in it and also what makes up the final GCSE grade?
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Do musicians read musical notation "by accident"? [closed]

I was looking for wether this had adready been asked somewhere, but -to my surprise- people don't even question why we read words even if we "don't try" to read them. The most similar ...
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Recommended way to sightread grand staff

When I only have one staff I can keep the whole thing focused so I do not have to plan so much where to look, I basically can just follow the contour of the notes and it usually goes fine. But with ...
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For guitar sight reading, how do you not confuse between 3rd and 4th string?

I am currently working on sight reading as a beginner guitar player. I keep placing fingers wrongly between 3rd and 4th strings. I try to keep my fingers near to the fretboard, have a steady hand. But ...
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accidentals of the treble and bass clef

I don't understand why we have to write the key signature on the bass line? It's already precise on the treble line, so we already know the tonality of the piece. What's more, is it possible in this ...
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How do scales actually help a person play in a different key?

I've recently started the piano, and I want to learn all my scales so I know them, but I just can't seem to grasp how these scales actually help when I have a different key signature, sure I know the ...
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How to switch from Fixed-do solfège to Movable-do?

I was born in a country where Fixed-do solfége is the standard. I was taught to use it from a very early age. It's deeply engraved in my brain. However, I plan to leave the country and study music in ...
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Help understand Bach's Preludium 10 in e minor [duplicate]

I am a pretty basic beginner and my teacher got me started with this Bach song and I’m getting kind of confused in the first measure. I don’t think it adds up to 4 beats and I don’t know how to play ...
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How do I start learning to play ragtime on the guitar?

I would really like to learn how to play ragtime on the guitar. As a teenager I took guitar lessons. I learned to sight-read and basic chords, but not much beyond that. Years later, I am learning ...
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How do I learn to sight read?

I started my school’s jazz band recently and I really struggle playing with them. It’s just really different to playing by myself alone, where if I make a mistake I can just go back and keep repeating ...
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I can’t read my music that great, but if someone shows me how to play it,or if I listen to a video of it. I can play it well. Is there an issue?

I can play music once someone plays it for me and or teaches me how slowly, but if someone was to just hand me music and tell me to practice I would never learn it. Is there something wrong with me? ...
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How to sight read rhythm (note durations) and maintain rhythmic accuracy?

I understand the concept of rhythm and different note durations, I can play them well (when I pause and use the "1 e + a" system) But, in many piano pieces there are different rhythms that ...
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How to pronounce accidental letter notes when sight reading?

When reading sheet music and playing a stringed instrument, I find it helpful to softly sing the names of the notes. "A", "B", "C", etc. are easy, they are all once ...
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Dyslexia or Dyscalculia in Reading Music

Do either of these have any relationship with finding difficulty in sight-reading music? Have there been any studies related? Or is learning to sight-read well very simply down to loads of practice ...
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Which lines do I play in keyboard music that accompanies singing? [duplicate]

I have this Gershwin songbook for piano and voice. I am not sure whether I am supposed to play the vocal line. The vocal line has its own staff, but the notes are also doubled on the piano's staff as ...
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Did any pianist in history ever sight-read one of Liszt's Transcendental Études?

Liszt was known to be able to sight-read any piece, even Chopin's Etudes Opus 10 and Grieg's Piano Concerto, both Piano and Orchestral Part. Since Liszt also composed some Études himself, I was ...
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Practicing the ability to play piano while looking at the score: start with already memorized pieces or new ones?

I've learned some pieces by myself. When I first learn a new piece, I look at each bar carefully, then I can just remember the notes after a few repetitions. Once I can play through it, I just repeat ...
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While reading Sheet music, Shall I read with respect to relative intervals or with respect to the names of lines and spaces? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner in reading sheet music. I want to know the better way to read. Shall I read with respect to the relative interval of Current note from previous note? Or Shall I remember the line and ...
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How do you play this notation [duplicate]

I am studying to play a piece and it has this: How do I play the eighth notes with the whole numbers? What does that mean?
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Sight reading piano - How far ahead do you look?

When you are sight-reading, how far ahead in the music do you look? Do you somehow look at the treble clef and bass clef at the same time? Or, do you even have to think about it at all? Perhaps, it's ...
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Why don’t piano teachers teach the chord method of playing to young children and adults?

I have been playing piano since I was 10 and now I am 43. I have never really been good at sight reading sheet music. I have recently been researching alternative methods of learning songs fast as ...
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Plateau while learning piano sight-reading

As a 12 year old I had piano lessons for several months until the teacher retired due to ill health and I never kept going with lessons (which I've regretted ever since). On the plus side I've always ...
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How do you "think of" notes in groups which consist of a sequence of repeating notes which are in separate beams?

The title sounds awkward (please feel free to modify it); what I mean is: When you see the bars such as Bar 40 below (similarly Bar 37), do you think of it as DDD AAA FFF DDD (orange marking, grouped ...
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Have I sight read these IΔ7 hymn chords properly?

After sight reading The Scottish Hymnal I am now sight reading The Revivalist and played this one today... ...I ran into a bunch of surprises and I just want to check that I've identified things ...
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Should I do the repeat sign when there is a fine

I stumbled upon this piece, Lágrima by Francisco Tárrega, and I would like to know if I should do the repetition sign when doing da capo al fine or just end the piece.
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How Do I Know Which Piano Hand Position in the Following Exercise?

In the book "300 Progressive Sight Reading Exercises for Piano", we're taught to put our right thumb on "middle C" and the left pinky finger on "lower C". But exercise #...
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Do we unconsciously favour one eye when we sight-read?

If you were to make a musician wear an eye patch over one of their eyes as they sight-read a piece for the very first time, would you expect their accuracy to be different depending on which eye was ...
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How to self teach myself sheet music reading (for piano)?

I am a self taught pianist, I play mainly by ear and I look for tutorials or synthesia on YouTube. However, sometimes some pieces do not have a synthesia and are really subtle to play by ear (ex. ...
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Can a singer sing a song from its notation if he/she has not heard the song before? [duplicate]

Is it possible for a singer to sing a song just by reading its musical notation? A song which he/she has never heard before?
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What is the duration of chords shown on top of a measure

In the image, there is an A Major over the first measure. Should it be also played over the 2nd, 3rd and 4th measures even though the chord is not written on top? Until the D chord in the 5th measure?
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Piano sight-reading confusion [duplicate]

everyone. I am a beginner pianist and I am to improve my technical and sight-reading skills. I have been sight-reading Primavera - Ludovico Einaudi for the past week and I came across something odd. ...
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Acquiring advanced level sight reading

Beyond the basics of sight reading that everyone talks about, what are some of the skills you need to learn to sight read advanced and complex pieces? What are the nuances and techniques that not a ...
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How do people deduce symphonies from the sheet music?

Now being an aspiring musician, I've heard of people who can deduce entire orchestral scores and seemingly hear symphonies on the spot — like they can hear them while they are reading it. But what ...
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How Do Guitarists Sight Read? [duplicate]

This is such a basic question but an answer to this would solve a lot of mysteries for me. Basically, how the heck do guitarists sight read? I have experience in woodwind instruments where there is ...
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How do i keep track of the rhythm and read the note at the same time? and reading both the treble and bass clef? [closed]

I have 2 beginner questions with sub questions for (sight) reading. The first question (this might be a rather dumb question), but i've been struggling with this for a while now. How do I count the ...
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Exercises for 21st century piano sightreaders

There is already a large body of technical exercises for pianists based on common-practice music, such as major and minor scales and arpeggios or the books of Czerny, Hanon, etc. These exercises are ...
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How do I read bars with only one or two notes?

In this sheet there are some bars that only have one or two notes, instead of four. How do I read them? Do they last 1 unit of time as well? In the case of the bars with only one note, does that note ...
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do singers do sight singing/improvisation?

what I mean is do singers sight-sing on the first run say on a gig, and sound relatively good, equivalent to sight-reading a piece for musicians? like in a gig, the accompanist has to play sight-...
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standard notation and the numbered notation

So I have been playing piano for 1.5 years and my biggest obstacle for learning piano is definitely to play both hand, I’m still struggling right now, maybe I improve a little bit, but still very much ...
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What is the Best Way to Learn to Sight Read Chord Symbols on Piano?

(I don't know what the proper term is for instant playing of chord symbols... is sight right correct? Anyway, here I am using the term "sight reading chord symbols" to describe the ability ...
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Should sight-reading be emphasized less for piano instruction with new developments in technology [closed]

I realize this post may be controversial. I've been playing for about eleven years. I'm somewhere at the amateur/intermediate level. When I started sheet music was the only medium available. Since ...
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Need help with reading this fragment from piano sheet

I'm a beginner in playing the piano and I came across these signs that I don't know. What do they mean and how should it be played? Second measure, first notes for the right hand: the three dots ...
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what are some good practices for sight reading sheet music? [duplicate]

I'm teaching my self to learn the piano, currently I've started learning sheet music. I feel as if I'm not progressing as fast as I'd want and I'm hoping to find some practices to make my sheet music ...
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How to get better at sight reading and what are the benefits of being good at it? [duplicate]

I've been practicing my sight reading for a while and was wondering if anyone had any techniques that I can use to improve at it. I'd also like to know if there are any bad habits to avoid. Also, what ...
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How do you count quarter note triplets in 4/4 time?

In 4/4 I would count 8th note triplets this way: 1-tri-plet 2-tri-plet 3-tri-plet 4-tri-plet But in 4/4 you only get 6 quarter note triplets so how would you count this?
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Reading and playing sheet music without actually understanding the notes

I'm learning to read music. I'm at the point where I can sight-read basic tunes on the treble and bass clefs (I've almost finished Alfred's Vol. 1). However, I've noticed that my mind always wants to ...
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Is there another instrument in this piano score? How to tell when it's ambiguous in some parts? [duplicate]

This is the beginning of Mendelssohn's Song Without Words, Op. 19, No.1. Are the orange-circled parts another instrument or voice? What about the bold red-circled parts---how to tell if they belong to ...
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