Questions tagged [sight-reading]

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

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When you read sheet music do you read the notes or the intervals?

I have found myself doing both but not sure which is the right way. Sometimes I see a note then I can see the next note is a 4th above it so I play it but I actually don't know what note I just played ...
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How do people become proficient at sight-reading in keys where there is no material in those keys suitable for their sight-reading level?

On a mission to improve my piano sight-reading, I've been systematically working my way through all major and minor keys, 'living' in a given key for a few weeks before moving to the next. Whilst ...
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How do experienced pianists sight-read chords?

I enjoy sight reading, since it lets me "play" the piano without having to spend hours going over the same passage to get it right. However, I'm still progressing and have difficulty reading pieces ...
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What's left for musicians to learn if they can sight-read?

It seems skilled musicians can can sight-read even advanced pieces. What's left for musicians if they can sight-read advanced pieces? It seems to me there must be something left to do - otherwise ...
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As a guitarist, how can I learn to sight-read music?

I'm learning guitar right now, mostly from Justin Sandercoe's free online lessons, starting from the beginner's course. He has a lot of good tips for how to practice and drill chords, and scales, but ...
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Should I think of the note's letter designation when I sight-read?

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 ...
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Practicing jumps in piano without looking: Is there any progressive method?

This is kind of a common question here, but one point I haven't seen addressed in detail: While sight-reading, it is recommended to practice jumps (over an octave) without looking, which is difficult,...
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Note Reading Newbie Issue for piano

I'm new to piano and I'm working with Michael Aaron's Grade 1 piano book. I have question with respect to the following "Note Reading Tests": Why is it that in the exercise above, they identify the ...
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Are Piano Stickers for Keys good or bad?

Is it good to use Piano Stickers for Keys w/ Complete Printed Notes to memorize the notes on the sheet and their correspondence to piano keys? Does it work? Or is it better not to do that? The main ...
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Problems regarding reading music [closed]

I am self learning music(Piano) right now from various sources: Youtube Books (John Schaum mainly) I am having trouble in reading sheets a few times. How would you recommend me to go about it? Any ...
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How do you interpret this in sheet music?

I am new to reading sheet music and how do you interpret this? I did not understand why is there a rest in the middle of the beamed notes. Thanks in advance. Edit : The time signature is 6/8 and its ...
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Is there any midi software that can display in real-time the notes I play next to the “real” score?

I'm pretty new to the Piano, and pretty bad at sight-reading (but getting better:)) Still, sight-reading a new score takes me an awfull lot of time, especially when I don't "hear" the thing I'm ...
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Is there a system of writing scores where people write down the key and the scale degrees instead of black dots?

Is there a system of writing scores where people write down the key and the scale degrees instead of black dots? edit for clarification: What I mean is that each note in a standard diatonic key has ...
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General technique and sight-reading recommendations for piano [closed]

I played piano for many years in an "informal school", which helped me get some experience. I started when I was really young and learnt almost no classical music, mainly movie soundracks and modern ...
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Is there a software/website to play notes on snare drums?

I am a student for (or is it 'to'? I'll have to look that up on ell.stackexchange) snare drums, and I'm given sight-reading homework, with lots of triplets with rests, sixteenth note triplets and all ...
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Music Theory for a Beginning Drummer

I've been learning Drums for the past few months (lifelong dream, and I should have my very own kit in 36 hours or so! \o/) and my teacher has been teaching me how to sight-read. I'm doing quite well (...
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Reading and Writing Drum Tabs?

I have been playing Drums for 4 years or so now and I have never understood tabs for them is there an easy way to read and write them? Or is it down to personal preference? Also any hints and tips on ...
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How to sight read piano sheet faster in any key?

So I learned this trick from youtube that you can read notes relatively. I can see that the first 2 notes in this piece is a G4, instead of figuring out what the third note is, I just press the key a ...
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Sight reading outside the piano

It is hard for me to practice lately the piano. But i really want to sight read well and keep advancing, even if it is outside of it. Is it possible to sight read outside the piano by reading piano ...
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recipes of piano sight-play for a self-learner

Are there any recipes/shortcuts that can train a piano self-learner into being able to sight-play, at least simple pieces? How to overcome the difficulty of constantly checking the keyboard while ...
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Mnemonics for Tenor Clef

I've been transcribing orchestral arrangements into MuseScore, and have encountered my first Tenor Clef. I searched online for "Tenor Clef Mnemonic" and other help-with-tenor-clef queries, with no ...
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What do the letters above the piano staff represent?

I am a beginner trying to understand the music notation for a song I want to try. Can someone kindly tell me what are the letters above the treble clef in the following figure: I've read that they ...
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Should I always use scale fingering when sight reading?

I'm practising sight-reading using https://sightreading.training/ which randomly generates notes for practice. If I'm practising in the key of C Major, should I stick to C Major scale fingering/hand ...
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I sight read at 20 bpm, and not getting any faster

I'm working through Berklee Press' Modern Method for Guitar 1. I start every new piece at 40 1/8th notes per minute, so 20 bpm. 40 bpm (1/4 notes per minute) is the lowest my metronome goes, so I ...
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Problems reading sheet music with visual disability

I'm not really sure if "visual disability" is correctly said since english is not my native language and had to use Google Translator. My worries are about reading sheet music. I'm trying to learn ...
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How do I improve in sight reading?

Preparing for my Grade 8 AMEB examination in piano but my sight reading is atrocious. For keys within the bass and treble clef staves, I can recognize and locate their positions fairly well but for ...
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How to develop intuition for fingering when sight-reading piano music?

I'm noticing that as I sight read, I can sometimes get myself into an awkward hand position because I'm not really planning my fingering as I play - I'll focus on the music itself, so have some ...
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How should I write this passage to make it the most readable?

Been writing something and was wondering how I should notate these measures to ensure readability. These three ideas are floating around in my head but if anyone else has input please send it my way.
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Is the beaming of this score following a vocal practice or it is just outdated and obscuring the beat?

The source is c.1770... https://imslp.org/wiki/Scots_Songs_for_Voice_and_Harpsichord_(Bremner%2C_Robert) ...first book. I can see that the beaming matches the words of the vocal part. But it ...
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How to arrange a song written on piano for guitar?

I am starting to learn classical guitar, and one of my goals is to learn how to sight read standard musical notation. However, I am beginning to notice that it's hard to find guitar sheet music for a ...
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Is the purpose of sheet music to be played along to? Or a guide for learning and reference during playing?

When I'm learning new songs on piano (about to take grade 1 for an idea of where I'm at) I use the sheet music to learn what notes to play. Once I've learnt the song, I tend to no longer be so much ...
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I can't sight-read at intermediate level

I am a Trinity grade 5 pianist and have been playing piano for 2-3 years(earlier played keyboard). I find very difficult to sight read. I usually play the passage once very carefully and memorize it ...
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Should these notes be played as a chord or one after another?

A fairly basic sight reading question coming up... Are these notes (highlighted) intended to be played as a single chord or one after the other? They are so close together that they could be played as ...
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Tips for a keyboard player learning piano

I grew up having keyboard lessons (age 8-15), and therefore have a vast number of chords memorized and can easily deal with chord changes with zero thought through memory alone. Here is what I mean ...
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Arthur Somervell: 1000 Exercises - Meaning of this notation

Arthur Somervell's uses the following notation on his One Thousand Exercises Is it a standard notation? What's the meaning?
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Me and the grand staff: how to achieve pacific coexistence

So I have recently started playing again after a 10-year break. I can still read and play okay off a single staff in treble clef, but the grand staff? Nope. My eyes keep jumping up and down, up and ...
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What are the solfege syllables? [duplicate]

Are they C,D,E,F,G,A or do re me fa so la to do? I have an online assignment due and my classmates say it’s CDEFGA but I’m confused.
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Is it better practice to read straight from sheet music rather than memorize it?

My music teacher sometimes tells me too memorize a song, but sometimes also tells me to read straight from sheet music. This confuses me as I am unsure which one is better practice. Is it better ...
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How do I Read Bansuri Notation

How do I read Bansuri Notation Mumbai theme - A R Rahman I know SA RE GA MA PA DHA NI SA, and the concept of low and high octaves. How do I correlate the letters. And where are the letter ...
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Can you please explain why 'white' soul means accented on the first and third beat while 'black' soul is on the second and fourth? [closed]

Can you please explain why 'white' soul rhythm means accented on the first and third beat while 'black' soul rhythm is on the second and fourth?
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How to develop an internal intuition for note timings?

I have identified three main problems holding back my piano sight reading, and this is the last of them. Although I can play notes with the right timing by very slowly counting it out aloud ("1-2-3-4,...
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Knowing where to put hands without looking at the keyboard?

I've identified three main problems holding me back from better sight reading on the piano, and this is the biggest one: I need to look away to find the keys for my hands. On a computer I can type ...
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Learning to quickly identify valid fingering for piano?

I have identified three main problems holding back my piano sight-reading, and this is the second biggest. I can work out fingerings by trial and error, but some very experienced pianists just devise ...
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Is it possible to learn theory without sight reading?

I'm learning music theory by myself with online books and video lessons. I don't have much trouble understanding the basics of theory, such as intervals, basic scales and modes, but I have a huge ...
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How many songs to practice at a time?

I'm coming back to piano after years and years away, so I'm back at beginner level again. I know I can get a bunch of etudes together and do technical exercises, but of course, the main thing is ...
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Ledger Lines vs. 8va notation

As musicians sight reading music-- are you very comfortable reading parts in ledger lines or is it more convenient having higher/lower parts notated within the staff with an 8va (or 8vb) symbol? For ...
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Small instrument to check my sight singing [closed]

I practice sight singing in the morning. I need some way to check if what I vocalize is correct. What is very small instrument I can do it with (barring a smartphone that I don't want to turn on in ...
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Vocals : How to practice accidental notes in sight singing

So I have been practicing sight singing since last 5-6 months. I think I'm able to read the notes in the scales quite easily using the solfege method (each scale somewhat resembling the Do-Re-Mi ...
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(How much) should I focus on sight reading if my end goal is being able to play by ear on piano?

So my technical ability is ahead of my sight reading ability. And I haven't practiced my ear at all. My end goal is to eventually be able to play any song by ear and put my own variation on it. I'm ...
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what can we do when we're struggling with rhythmic notation? [closed]

How can a music teacher help his pupils who have no rhythm feeling at all, who are not able to count or speak in a rhythmical way? How can we improve rhythm reading? Is there a helping method for ...