Sight-Reading Intensive Training. Lesson 7
How fast should you move from vertical to horizontal and especially 'traditional' visual mode?
In our Method work on sight-reading only starts when you are already have some fine motor skills and both hands coordination.
How do you know how good is your fine motor skills?
If you can play most of the Introductory songs from the Gentle Piano module by heart and are able to perform them, it means that you are ready to sight-read music from the Level 0 and up.
As you noticed, we listed the Nursery Primer 0 as the first Album for this purpose. In this album, there is a monophonic tune, which passes the melody from one hand to the other.
Start sight-reading using separate hands. When you play the album using only the right or left hand, you learn quickly where a note sheet passes from one hand to another. If you accidentally play the "wrong" hand’s part, the system will stops you from proceeding.
Make no more than 3-5 mistakes. Time delay (bottom right score) should be less than amount notes played. After that proceed to playing using both hands.
It's important, during sight-reading, to read a few pieces without stopping and polishing mistakes so you won't be able to memorize the text.
The quantity is important not the quality in the playing pieces and you should focus on decreasing the number of mistakes, while not worrying about artistic quality just yet.
You can even set a goal to play one or another album using either the right or the left hand and not make more than 3-2-1 mistakes. The goal is to be able to sight-read with as less mistakes as possible without memorizing your pieces.
Passing from the 2nd to the 4th, and then to the 5th and the 6th visual presentations must be gradual. This gradual approach must be provided by you. You should be the one to decide when to move on to more challenging pieces.
Some students try to pass to the 6th presentation as soon as possible. However we recommend to move slowly: the goal of your practice is to make personal progress, not to arrive at level 6 as quickly as possible.
kHow is your progress with the Treble Clef Puzzle? Did you manage to finish the entire module? If yes, did you try to practice it again with different notes' names (do re mi vs CDE)?
H.Hiner 'Etudes for your eyes': SPACES
It is not music composition. I made the exercises as less musical as possible to avoid any memorization of the material.
These exercises will help your eyes to focus on the lines and grasp corresponding keys simultaneously.
I recommend playing these etudes on 2, 4, 5 and 6 visual modes (press 2, 4, 5 or 6 on your computer keyboard). Use of 1 and 3 may distract you from the perception of the lines.
Download and save the following files:
Play the Etudes for eyes with and without Piano Key Guides, if possible!
1. Start working on the Album Boogie 1
Play all the piano pieces on the 2nd and 4th modes (horizontal with colors)
2. Start working on the Album Anybody Can Play Soft Mozart (visual mode 5 and 6 )
Use S to hear the piano piece AFTER the first try.
Have only 2 tries
Write the score and see the improvement.
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