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Ok, no more talk about sight-reading using computer programs. I'm now talking about sight-reading with traditional music sheets, any of the thousands of music sheets that are available to us. Everyone ok so far?

Now here's the situation. You want to practice sight-reading on your piano, but you are stuck somewhere where you cannot. So, I'm thinking that simply pulling off some music sheets that you are seeing for the first time (bring them with you), and just reading them with your eyes. If no one is around to gawk at you, perhaps even play on an imaginary piano with your hands. Try to do it at the proper tempo of the score.

I'm thinking that at least half of the brainwork in sight-reading is in recognizing instantly where to place your fingers. Imagine your fingers hitting those correct keys. When on a real piano, the main diference is that you are actually hitting those keys for real, but without a piano you can increase your sight-reading speed just from reading and imagining hitting those keys. What are your opinions? Anyone tried this before, and did it help you? You can't call this exercise a waste of time, because you cannot be at your piano anyway.

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Yes, I have. Although..........also being a vocalist.......I'll sing it rather than tap it out on the desk.

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I haven't done any sightreading away from the piano, although it's been on my list of things to try. I have practiced without a piano with excellent results. Sometimes I go over the score, making notations as I listen to the music in my head. I tried writing down and memorizing a sequence of phrase starting notes to solidify my memorization. I've closed my eyes to picture the notes I am playing - again for memorization. I have also used a flat surface to "play" the notes. While doing this, I was able to pinpoint the source of a persistent problem that wasn't as easy to see or feel on the piano.



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Score studying is actually a good thing to do. Do it! smile

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I will, starting tomorrow at work. Here's another reasoning: One cannot sightread faster than he can read, so by increasing your reading speed you should also be increasing your sightreading speed (or at least your potential sightreading speed--the other factor is actually hitting the keys that you've pictured in your mind).

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A couple years ago, I took place in a competition for sight-reading. They sat us down at a desk with two pieces of music, then after about 10-15 minutes they escorted us downstairs to play having still not actually heard the music. The extra time of preparation makes a huge difference. So I think that if nothing else, it can be used as effective preparation time for the real thing.

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Originally Posted by jeffreyjones
A couple years ago, I took place in a competition for sight-reading. They sat us down at a desk with two pieces of music, then after about 10-15 minutes they escorted us downstairs to play having still not actually heard the music. The extra time of preparation makes a huge difference. So I think that if nothing else, it can be used as effective preparation time for the real thing.

10 to 15 minutes of reading the score is like sightreading in your mind maybe twice at least, right? So then when you played it for real, it's not really sightreading anymore, don't you think?

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MathTeacher, I wouldn't try to be SO systematic/planned out about it.

Just get ahold of all sorts of things: Church hymnals, accompaniment to pieces, actual pieces, etc. And just sight read through them! Over time, you will improve. smile

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This YT clip and this thread and a follow-up thread are interesting on this subject.


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