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Offline pianist7s

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Learning Sight Reading
« on: April 09, 2015, 09:07:14 AM »
Hello everyone, I'm new here and I need some help like advice and tips on sight reading.

So, I'm 22 and I've been playing the piano for 2 years, and I'm self taught. I've learn Beethoven-Fur Elise that was my first piece I've taught myself using Youtube as help. Also, I've learn Mozart Sonata k.545 8 months ago, and also Beethoven- Easy Moonlight Sonata 1 year ago, CPE Bach Solfeggietto last year in November and much more. But the problem is I can only read sheet music in note names, doesn't matter how hard the piece is. I can manage and practice and sometimes be able to master it within 2-3 months depending on piece. Well, sometimes the piece is just too hard so I just give up on it and it sucks that can't read sheet music the correct way without note names because their are pieces I would like to play like Yiruma-River Flows in you I can only play the beginning and I also, want to play Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement but yeah that's even more difficult and not even on that level to play that piece at that speed.

So, I just need help on sight reading like I know the treble notes without note names but the bass clef is just something I just can't master it. Can you guys and ladies link me to good books for sight reading because I want to start now so that maybe in 1 year I be able to read sheet music the correct way without in note names

But here is my youtube channel if you want to look at my piano videos and also give me advice to help me be a better piano player and also the things I can do to improve myself because I need all the help I can get.

Offline michael_c

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Re: Learning Sight Reading
«Reply #1 on: April 09, 2015, 02:08:41 PM »
I've seen several people recommend "You can sight read" by Lorina Havill. I can't give an opinion of it myself, but it apparently contains graded material to give you reading practice.

Here's something I recently posted on another thread about sight reading:

When you see a note on the staff, instead of saying "that's a C" see if you can create a direct connection between the position on the staff and the corresponding key of the piano. To help form this connection, you can do this:

- With your left hand, hold down the five notes that fall on the lines of the bass clef: GBDFA. If your hand isn't big enough to reach all five notes, leave out the thumb note (A) but imagine you are holding it down!
- With your right hand, hold down the five notes that fall on the lines of the treble clef: EGBDF. If you cannot reach all five, leave out the thumb note (E).
- Look at those ten notes on the keyboard. Imagine ten vertical lines going through them, in two groups of five. That's the grand piano staff, rotated through 90. If you look at the staff on the page and rotate it clockwise 90 in your mind, you can map it onto the keys.

Finally, give it time. When you first learnt the language that you can now read and write, you started by hearing sounds, then repeating them and understanding them better and better until you could speak fluently. Then you started to learn the alphabet. You probably learnt to read letter by letter, before you got used to seeing a small group of letters as a word, and then a sequence of words as a phrase. Learning to read music is just like learning to read a language: it's a hard slog at first, but once things start to come together you may experience quite sudden improvements.

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Re: Learning Sight Reading
«Reply #2 on: April 10, 2015, 04:04:46 AM »
Thanks for advice and tips appreciate it.