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#2023871 - 01/30/13 07:05 AM Sight Reading Book Recommendations
BWV 846 Offline
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I am an adult and have been taking lessons for about a year and a half (using John Thompson course). My piano teacher said I should get a sight reading book. I bought the Hannah Smith book. Are there other books you would recommend? Thanks.

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#2023973 - 01/30/13 10:45 AM Re: Sight Reading Book Recommendations [Re: BWV 846]
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Registered: 11/19/09
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I've used the Hannah Smith book, too - it's great for providing a lot of short practice material, but I put it aside for a while about half way through because I found the level of difficulty increased faster than my ability. My teacher just started me on the Four Star series. He recommended I start at level 3 and at first it seemed too easy, but I signed a few levels out of the local library to try them out & he was right - Level 3 seems to be a good place for me to start. It includes a bit more theory and analysis than Hannah Smith does & I think it's going to be really helpful. But there are lots of similar series. If you have access to a library, maybe you could browse their music section & sign out a few sight reading books to try out.
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#2024086 - 01/30/13 02:35 PM Re: Sight Reading Book Recommendations [Re: BWV 846]
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Lorina Havill's You Can Sight-Read provides a nice method in a two-book format that in my opinion would make a great supplement to the Hannah Smith exercises. You'd really only need book one, in my opinion, before going off into [very] easy repertoire for sight-reading.

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#2024288 - 01/30/13 09:14 PM Re: Sight Reading Book Recommendations [Re: Bobpickle]
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Registered: 04/18/09
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Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
If you have an ipad you can get this app:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abrsm-sightread4piano-by-wessar/id483084758?mt=8

I have it and I like it a lot!
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#2024356 - 01/30/13 11:53 PM Re: Sight Reading Book Recommendations [Re: joyoussong]
BenPiano Offline
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Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 1171
Loc: US
Originally Posted By: joyoussong
My teacher just started me on the Four Star series.


I second the use of Four Star. I used the series for about a year until it became too tough! (I might get back to it at some point)

I started on level 2 and worked up to level 4 until it got crazy. Started from the beginning again, and again, a couple of times adding a level to the rotation.

I quit at level 6 when I found it ridiculously hard for me - the series is certainly challenging, but effective. It ramps up quickly when you least expect it.

I haven't now for a long time had to write the note names individually above each note, and can sort of sight read / keep up with my oldest kid's weekly assignments. I know I would be completely lost had I not pursued remedial sight reading with the Four Star series.

It's not that it's necessary, but it sure helps.
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#2024463 - 01/31/13 06:22 AM Re: Sight Reading Book Recommendations [Re: BenPiano]
drazh Offline
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Registered: 10/31/09
Posts: 69
hi
i think one should sight read through real music

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