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When People Say It Takes Years to Learn Sight Reading...
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When people say it takes years to learn sight reading are they speaking from a pure classical music perspective? What if one wants to stick with pop?

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Pop does not take years of practice to read.

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Pop music charts are usually implied and you need to interpret it. Classical music is usually more explicit, but remember, classical music used to be pop music.

Learning what the symbols mean and how they should be used is a long haul, and they are often not used correctly. Different instruments may have different interpretations.


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Being proficient reading depends on the level of a piece whether the piece is Classical or Pop. Some very beginner pieces you have L & R alternating but you are just playing 1 note at a time. And intermediate pieces you start playing a few chords with a melody.

My teacher got her students into a book with arrangements of Classical pieces for easy piano. Everything in the book is 2-3 pages in large print. A piece like the Lullaby by Brahms or the first movement of the Mozart Symphony #40 (originally for orchestra) is in the book. You just have the main melody and a few notes on the bass for accompaniment. Even a piano piece like Chopin Ballad is a simplified version without any intro.

What makes a piece playable is the amount of repetition. A church hymn may look hard but by the time you repeat the same phrase 4x, you already build your muscle memory (playing on autopilot). Pop music can be technical except that you have a lot of repetition. And like Jazz pieces, playing the notes exactly is not required. Even Elton John playing "Your Song" can sound slightly different each time so it's acceptable to improvise along the way.

And then there are pieces written in simplified notations or lead sheets. You just read a 1 line melody that goes with L-chords.

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Everyone can sight read but not with the same skill. It's not a yes or no thing. It's a continuum like any other skill.


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