Sight reading is one of the best tools you can learn to use in your piano playing as you advance. It’s amazing how much we use sight reading in our playing and how much it actually helps us to play piano better!
To understand what sight reading is we just have to accept that it is what it says it is: reading by sight instead of from practicing. Whenever we play through a piece or an etude that we have never played before, we are sight reading.
Whenever we start a new piece, it is when we read through the piece all the way through instead of stopping to fix something that we are sight reading. It is after that, that we begin the practicing process to learn it thoroughly. Once you have your sight reading skills sharpened, you will be able to play through a lot more music the first time without having to stop and figure things out (practicing) and it will be correct!
If you are ready to incorporate sight reading into your piano playing, these tips are the best ones to apply to this process to help you master the skills needed at the fastest pace.
Finding music to sight read through is actually easy. You can always pull out something from your own music library that you’ve never played before – but remember not to pick something that is over your current level, or it might be a bit frustrating. Pick something easy to start with.
You could also play from a Hymnal Book, a popular music song book, or anything that you can find that is on hand to read through.
There are also some very good and valuable resources online that you can utilize that are designed specifically to help with sight reading. I show you these online sites and provide links to them in the following video as well as going over at the keyboard these same tips to improve your sight reading skills. Make sure to give these online sights a try as they will offer new music and ongoing resources for your own growth.
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8/20/2020 08:59:34 pm
I never thought about how sight reading could be so valuable to learn. I like that you pointed out that you will want to try practicing it every day. That is great to know because my sister really wants to learn how to play the piano this fall. She wants to be able to start playing the piano for her church group by next spring.
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