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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.

Link – http://jazzadvice.com/5-steps-to-mastering-sight-reading/

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!

  1. CONCENTRATION
  2. Read in Larger CHUNKS
  3. Recognizing Rhythms and Patterns
  4. Look Ahead
  5. 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
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