Tuesday, 31 December 2013

How to Improve Your Sight Reading

Sight reading is an area in which many musicians struggle. I think that in order to be a good musician, you need to be strong in all areas of your technique. Here are some tips to help you improve your sight reading:

  1. Work out the speed in your head before you start. Look at the time signature, clap a pulse and go through the music in your head.
  2. Rhythm. Look at any difficult rhythms and clap them out loud whilst keeping the pulse in your head.
  3. Look at the key signature. An important step to work out any sharps or naturals that you have to play.
  4. Pitch notes in your head before you play them. This step is especially important for brass players to ensure there are no split notes. 
  5. Look at dynamics, articulation, changes in tempo etc. The final step to make your performance musical and to add expression to the music. 

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