5 Steps to Mastering Sight-Reading Skills
Telling someone to “just sight-read more,” no matter how well-intentioned, is not going to help them improve.
Sight-reading, like many other techniques that we develop as musicians, is a skill – a skill that can be learned and continually improved upon. Rather than putting yourself in a room and trying to blindly improve your sight-reading chops by doing it over and over again, look at the specific elements involved in this skill and work on developing them.
I can’t say it any better – this article – REALLY breaks sight-reading – into simple STEPS! AND REMEMBER – I put sight-reading into the 5 steps to daily practice!
- Read in Larger CHUNKS
- Recognizing Rhythms and Patterns
- Look Ahead
- Play through your Mistakes
Go through this mental check-list every time you see a piece of music:
- Get into the mindset of total concentration and tune out distractions
- Before you begin, memorize the key signature and scan the page for trouble spots
- Look at the music in larger chunks of time (see the page like it’s in cut-time)
- Recognize common rhythms and watch out for tricky rhythms
- Visually identify scale fragments and arpeggios
- Remember to keep counting through rests
- Continually keep your eyes scanning ahead so you’re always ready for the next measure
- Don’t be phased by your mistakes, keep the time going and get back on track