Sight Reading

Sight Reading

Sight Reading    11:04 on Friday, January 16, 2004          
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Are there any sites with lessons or books that I can find that will help me improve with my sight reading? Being in a high school band as well as numerous honor bands, we are reviewed occasionally on our ability to sight read music.

Unfortunately, through elementary and junior high, my instructors didn`t really focus on sight reading (I play the flute and piccolo), but more on tone, etc. that are beneficial to me now.. But going through an Honor Band rehearsal and being unable to sight read grade 4/5 music (Shostakovich`s `Folk Dance`, Bernstein`s `Candide Suite mv. 1-4`, etc.), I have decided to focus my studies on improving my sight reading.

With the skills I have learned and improved over the past couple of years that I have been playing, applying them to sight reading will prove to be very beneficial to me in the future. (Also, it will help me with the bands that I will be auditioning for in the summer.)

Thank you for your help.

Re: Sight Reading    04:57 on Monday, January 19, 2004          
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I would recommend just playing through all different music. And just have actual practise of sight reading. Always look at the key signature and time signature, and quickly look through the notes and any tricky rhythms, then try playing it. I think the best way to improve sight reading is by practising it, I dunno if there are any tricks 2 sight reading other than that.

Re: Sight Reading    16:10 on Saturday, April 16, 2005          
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A great site for FREE Sight Reading music is
This is a site set up for teachers and/or students and has free downloadable sight-reading music available. You type in if you want only to 2#s/2bs, 4#s/4bs or just give me anything you`ve got.
Out comes random exercises that can be saved and printed.

Re: Sight Reading    09:53 on Sunday, April 17, 2005          
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My suggestion is to dig through the pile of solo and ensemble material that every school has, and try playing that piece with the suggestions given earlier. Do about one or two new pieces a week.

Other things that have helped my sightreading are being in several ensembles and learning all of my major and harmonic minor scales.

Good luck!


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