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I have a question on sight reading for times when you are not at the piano , Can just reading sheet music books without playing improve your sight reading .

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Only after you've mastered solfeggio and you are able to play music from sheet in your mind.

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There are two separate skills: hearing the music in your head and seeing where your fingers would be going to play it. The hearing part is learned through ear training and solfeggio as noted above, but I don't know that you can learn the playing away from the piano. You can practice in your head once you have already learned the piece (it's very difficult but effective) but that kind of practice is for making the playing more solid rather than improving your sight reading skills.

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There are two separate skills: hearing the music in your head and seeing where your fingers would be going to play it. The hearing part is learned through ear training and solfeggio as noted above, but I don't know that you can learn the playing away from the piano. You can practice in your head once you have already learned the piece (it's very difficult but effective) but that kind of practice is for making the playing more solid rather than improving your sight reading skills.
well what are we doing when we sight read ? reading the notes - rhythm - intervals - dynamics I know it doesn't replace being at the piano but I thought it would help when I am on my break at work or just time when you cant be at the piano and just read without playing .

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Originally Posted by Colette2
well what are we doing when we sight read ? reading the notes - rhythm - intervals - dynamics I know it doesn't replace being at the piano but I thought it would help when I am on my break at work or just time when you cant be at the piano and just read without playing .
For sure, you can even learn whole pieces just by reading through them on your tea break (coffee in US, cocoa in Peru, harder stuff elsewhere). I learnt Twinkle, Twinkle that way wink .

Mikhail Pletnev learnt some two hours of Scarlatti by reading through the volumes while on the flight to the recording studio, and then recorded the music when he arrived:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dI4feEdu_g

....and the resulting 2-CD set won a Gramophone Award. There are other CD recordings he's made, in which he just sight-read the music flawlessly there and then.....


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It certainly helps. When I used to buy a lot of sheet music (before the invention of the internet) I used to look through the various music books in the music shop and find pieces that I liked the looks of, check them through and then take the books home. If the pieces were at my level (intermediate, and they usually were because I'd checked them over thoroughly) I'd play through without much trouble when I got them home. That's the great thing about good, bricks and mortar music shops - I really miss them where I live, but fortunately I have a good supply of music that I haven't yet played because the books I bought often had plenty of pieces in them and I'd usually bought them for just one or two of them.


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Originally Posted by Colette2
I have a question on sight reading for times when you are not at the piano , Can just reading sheet music books without playing improve your sight reading .

I try to spend a few minutes daily away from the piano just on rhythm reading/clapping. There are all sorts of things that can trip you up when sight reading for the first time if you are not prepared. Being able to identify various rhythms immediately is a must.


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Originally Posted by Colette2
well what are we doing when we sight read ? reading the notes - rhythm - intervals - dynamics I know it doesn't replace being at the piano but I thought it would help when I am on my break at work or just time when you cant be at the piano and just read without playing .

It certainly helps .... but probably not to improve your sight reading, at least not directly. The difficult in sight reading is actually to play while reading in the same time. It is the association between the notes you read and your hand positions that is difficult. If just recognizing the notes was enough, then it would be much easier. But indeed there are plenty of things you can do with just the score, practice the rythm, sing the melody, understand the structure of the piece, analyze how both hands work together, even memorize some parts, .....

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well what are we doing when we sight read ? reading the notes - rhythm - intervals - dynamics I know it doesn't replace being at the piano but I thought it would help when I am on my break at work or just time when you cant be at the piano and just read without playing .

Brings to mind the scene from Whiplash - "What are you, an acapella group? Play the d*mn kit!"

As others have said, reading music is to flow the notes from the sheet all the way to your fingers. I suspect, it's even better if the brain is bypassed

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