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Lazy sight reading? #2770921
10/09/18 07:58 PM
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Hi all

Just started learning piano - currently play sax to grade five so used to reading music, but I find I read lazily when playing piano simply by reading the distances between notes more often than not, thereby determining the key to play, as opposed to reading which note it is and hitting the appropriate key. Is this poor technique and a bad habit to get into for the future?

Thanks, Jake.

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Re: Lazy sight reading? [Re: Jake0254] #2770926
10/09/18 08:23 PM
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That is one of several techniques used in reading music. It's perfectly fine. It will be important, however, to be able to identify a note when there is not another one right near it, and to identify larger intervals than will make this practical. Other skills include playing without looking down much, one I struggle with and am still working on. Playing multiple notes at a time (ie chords) in various inversions is yet another aspect as you progress.

As you read more and more, this will be become easier and the technique you describe will become just one of several tools in your box.


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Re: Lazy sight reading? [Re: Jake0254] #2770927
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You are describing intervallic reading and that is a good skill to have. You don’t necessarily have the time to go “lessee, that is a A-C-E and those notes are there... there... and there” when you are reading. Takes too much time.

For me, when I see the notes—to some extent—it makes my hands “want” to go into a certain position in a certain place on the keyboard.

I think there is another level of reading that I do not have but that my teacher does, of seeing the chords/notes and understanding the harmony and then putting that harmony into more of a phrasal context. An “I am here and the music will likely go tobthere, there, or there.” Kind of a full circle of getting the theoretical brain re-engaged.


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Re: Lazy sight reading? [Re: Jake0254] #2770945
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As long as you can reproduce the music. Any way you can read quickly is fine. Reading the distance between notes is reading by intervals.

Re: Lazy sight reading? [Re: Whizbang] #2771227
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Originally Posted by Whizbang

For me, when I see the notes—to some extent—it makes my hands “want” to go into a certain position in a certain place on the keyboard.


I think this is the key for sight reading, you see the note (or group of notes) on the staff and your hands just go there. In fact, after about 2 years of sight reading practice, I can play a note faster than I can tell you what its name is!



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Originally Posted by squidbot

I think this is the key for sight reading, you see the note (or group of notes) on the staff and your hands just go there. In fact, after about 2 years of sight reading practice, I can play a note faster than I can tell you what its name is!


Exactly -- To read at all, it's nearly impossible if you take a detour through the alphabet instead of going straight from note on paper to finger on key.


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