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Sight-Read Any Music!
Ten Amazing Free Tips.

 

        by Howard Richman

        Ten amazing free secrets help to sight-read any sheet music notation for piano. This free sight reading information provides self-study tools and solutions on reading music like a professional. Sight reading takes time to improve, as with any self-improvement program, but these helpful tips will show you how to get there faster than you ever believed possible! See also: read notes, reading notes, note-reading, read music, sight-reading books.

1  Develop Your “Relative” Sense of Touch.

        Acquire the skill of playing so that you don’t need to look down at your hands. Without looking at the keyboard, glide your hands so you feel the two and three black keys (like Braille.) When you need a C, D, or E, feel for the “2s.” When you need an F, G, A, or B, feel for the “3s.” Most good sight-readers don’t need to look at their hands while they play and this drill teaches you how to find any note without looking at your hands. Then you will be able to keep your eyes on the music and look ahead and this will greatly speed up your sight-reading.

2  Develop Your “Absolute” Sense of Touch.

        Always sit in the same place. Middle “D” is recommended because it creates a symmetrical pattern in both directions. Sometimes you may need to make a page turn or your hand will jump from a high position to a low position on the keyboard. It is handy to not have to look down to find the correct position in these cases. By always sitting the same place at the piano, you will develop a physiological memory of all 88 keys on the piano!

3  Practice Finger Technique Without Looking at Your Hands.

        A creative way to do this is to play your scales and arpeggios in the dark. This will add confidence to your sense of touch. This exercise is to further enhance tactile awareness that is developed in steps 1 and 2.

4  Learn the Four Groups of the Lines and Spaces:

      Lines And Spaces

        Try to learn these without the typical slogans: “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” or similar phrases. If you were to attempt to read a note using slogans, you would have to go through a 2-step process which seriously slows-down your speed. Just memorize the groups as fast a possible by saying them out loud frequently. Memorize the following.

        Say: “Lines in the Treble E G B D F”
        Say: “Lines in the Bass G B D F A”
        Say: “Spaces in the Treble F A C E”
        Say: “Spaces in the Bass A C E G”

        Eventually, you will just memorize all the notes, but until that time comes, literally speak through the appropriate sequence until you reach the desired note. For example, if you want to read the third space in the treble clef, you say “F A C.” You stop on “C” and that is the third note.

5  Practice Only the Rhythmic Information.

        In a composition you are working on, ignore the correct pitches. Just play the rhythmic infomation of the piece on any notes. Your brain will enjoy the ability to work on just one thing.

6  Practice Only the Pitch and Fingering Information.

        In a composition you are working on, ignore the correct rhythm. Just play the correct pitches along with the correct fingering. Don’t try to play in time here. This way, you can focus on just the right notes with the right fingers. your brain will enjoy the ability narrow its focus. Eventually, you will be able to play the right notes with the right fingering and with the right rhythm all at the same time!

7  Play Easy Pieces up to Tempo.

        Force yourself to keep going no matter what. Don’t worry about mistakes. This helps you to look ahead.

8  Play Difficult Pieces Super Slowly.

        Don’t dare make even one mistake. This helps to develop accuracy.

9  Look For Patterns in Music.

        Don’t be afraid to look way ahead for a second just so you can anticipate what will be easy or difficult. Patterns make it easy. If you detect a pattern then you can devote your concentration to other things.

10  Study Music Theory.

        Professional sight-readers never read every note! They get a sense of the overall chord and “fill-in” the blanks. With a solid knowledge of music theory, this becomes natural and immediate.

Here are the Sight-Reading Products We Recommend:

        Super Sight-Reading SecretsThese tips were prepared by Howard Richman and are offered for free as a courtesy. For additional information to super-charge your sight-reading ability, order Richman’s bestselling book, Super Sight-Reading Secrets.

         

 

 

 

        Please see our most comprehensive list of sight reading books to improve your keyboard sight-reading.

 

        NameThatNoteLearn to read notes with free online music games. “Name that Note” is a Flash game that allows music students to learn how to read music from 2 different clefs and through 3 different difficulty levels. This free online music game is a wonderful complement to learn to read notes.

       

      • Music Stand ClipMusic Stand Clip is a most clever device to help your sheet music to not blow away in the wind. It also will help keep pages back if the book is one of those types that won’t stay open.

 

 

        PerfectPitchDavid-Lucas Burge’s Ear-Training Super Course is the #1 best-selling ear-training method! I met David personally when he first started doing his workshops in the 1980s and can tell you that he really knows what he is talking about! Before David’s system, it was assumed that you had to be born with perfect pitch. He has proven that completely wrong with his perfect pitch ear training course. But I want to make sure you consider getting his relative pitch ear training course because this is often more useful than perfect pitch and this is the best program of this type that I’ve found. I recommend it to all of my private students. (Above links will trigger a $30 discount!)
        Howard Richman

 

      • The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear!The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear! by Jermaine Griggs. This home-study course consists of a 300-page information-loaded workbook/CD combo packed with tons of useful diagrams, charts, notations, techniques, secrets, principles, articles, and sound examples. These techniques have been tested and proven to work with literally anyone regardless of age and musical experience. Full money-back guarantee!

The Following Free Tips are Based on Howard Richman’s popular book, Super Sight-Reading Secrets.

 

“I like the tips on piano sight-reading. I always felt that there must be some catch in piano reading. It cannot be that tedious to learn! The steps suggested were good.”

—Marshal, Selango, Malaysia

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