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#2057732 - 04/01/13 10:56 AM Sight-Reading Boot Camp
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SO WHO'S IN?

Let's support each other in the endless journey to sight-reading improvement!

If enough people are interested, I'll go ahead and make myself a new email address and Youtube account, this one devoted only to my sight-reading. The idea is that one piece of pure sight-reading every day or so would be uploaded to Youtube and shared on this thread.

This way we can all support each other in our journey. I know my videos may be riddled with mistakes and painfully slow, but that's all part of learning to sight-read, isn't it?
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#2057949 - 04/01/13 05:42 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I am in. To get good at sight reading was one of the main reasons I took up piano 5 months ago. It has been a very slow process so far so it would be nice to see how others are coping
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#2058213 - 04/02/13 09:26 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: earlofmar]
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I'm too much of a luddite to participate in posting videos, but I'm game to pledge to sightread every day and comment on how it is going.

When my ipad isn't misplaced or locked in my office at work or having a dead battery I use the ABRSM Wessar app, which is appropriately challenging--that is--just this side of impossible.
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#2058237 - 04/02/13 10:27 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Sight reading for absolute beginner? Sight reading is reading music from a sheet isn't it? Excuse the dumb question but I got to thinking there's a difference between reading music and sight reading.
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#2058248 - 04/02/13 10:45 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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People just beginning to sight-read can use 5-finger music if they feel that's a good level for them.

Reading music means reading the sheets in front of you while you're playing. Sight-reading can also mean this.

Prima vista sight-reading means reading the music the first time you've ever seen it. (You've also had a very quick look over it, looking at time and key signature, tempo and difficult sections.) People can also mean this when using the word "sight-reading".

For the purposes of this thread, I'm mainly talking about prima vista sight-reading. But if you want to upload something you've read once or twice before playing, that's cool too. It's still a greatly valuable tool to be able to play something with a few minutes of practise beforehand.

We won't be Nazis here -- prima vista sight-reading, reading pieces a few times, and learning a piece by reading it many times all help sight-reading, and it's worth doing all of these.

This is a cheer group for everyone who wants to get better at sight-reading in all its forms. smile
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#2058258 - 04/02/13 11:09 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Oh I couldnt do that! Im at the absolute beginner level when it comes to reading music. I need to study each note seperately. It doesnt come naturally or easily to me. Like learning a foreign language.
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#2058261 - 04/02/13 11:16 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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The first thing you need to do is be able to recognise a note instantly and play it when you see it. I suggest flash cards or writing out random notes on staves. Start with just the C note one day. The next day play only C and E notes. The next day, add the G note, and play random C, E and G notes that you've written out. Start with the treble clef, maybe switching between treble and bass notes every day. I suggest learning up to one ledger line above the treble staff, and one line below the bass staff.

Soon enough, you should be able to recognise the notes quickly enough that you can start on the five finger music. Then learn not to focus overly much on the notes. Know them, but don't analyse them or try to think which note it is. It's much quicker to see that a note moves up a step, or that it skips onto the next line or space.

You're welcome to join us whenever you feel comfortable!
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#2058269 - 04/02/13 11:34 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Yes I have found an app for my phone that does that. It flashes up a note and you have to hit the right note on the virtual keyboard before it disappears off the side of the screen.
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#2058285 - 04/02/13 12:08 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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It seems the same, but I have a feeling the way I described would help you learn it quicker. Sitting at the piano's a little different as you have to either look down or feel for the correct key.
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#2058305 - 04/02/13 01:05 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Well, it is very, very, confusing. I opened a beginner's piano book and I learned every piece in the book, 50 pieces, of course, all short, because they are beginner pieces. Now, I can open any book at that level and play the pieces by sight reading because it is my level. I am now working through John Thompson's music book number 1, is a little harder, the next step, and I can play the pieces after I crawl through the piece a few times over 3 days and then it will take me many months of playing the pieces everyday to bring them up to speed, if you will, to play them very smoothly and musically.

Now, someone like Lange Lange should be able to sight read a lot of music because he plays at a very high level. But if Lange Lange was learning a new piece, he would have to crawl though the piece measure by measure just like I do for many days, and over many months to bring the piece up to speed, etc.

So when posters here say they want to sight read a piece immediately or after a couple of glances, makes no sense to me - unless you are playing a piece of music well within your playing and reading range.


For instance, I play and review all my pieces I have ever learned in the last year since beginning piano and I can play those pieces easily because I play them everyday or most everyday 365 days/times at least. If I am sick and can't play the piano for a few days or a couple of months, as a result of surgery recently, then I will make a few mistakes because I haven't played them everyday recently, but I can play them fine reading the music. I have NOT memorized any of them, just play them by ready the music which I do everyday.

So would any poster please explain how any piano player is able to sight read any music that is not "easy and simple" to his level of playing the piano and reading the music to his level of reading/playing - else they would have to crawl through the measures - measure by measure.

Thank for you any humble explanation so I can understand sight reading.

So any piano player can read any music at his level because he knows all the notes on, above, and below the staff and he knows the rhythms because they are well within his knowledge and experience.


Edited by Michael_99 (04/02/13 01:09 PM)

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#2058330 - 04/02/13 02:14 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: LarryShone]
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Originally Posted By: LarryShone
Sight reading for absolute beginner? Sight reading is reading music from a sheet isn't it? Excuse the dumb question but I got to thinking there's a difference between reading music and sight reading.
There are no dumb questions. This gets debated a lot. I tend to use the term more broadly, but I know there are folks who use "sight reading" to mean the first time only.

I wrote an article a few months ago discussing this very thing.
http://ezinearticles.com/?Sight-Reading-Music-Vs.-Reading-Music&id=7438618
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#2058372 - 04/02/13 04:18 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Brian Lucas]
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Thanks, Brian Lucas for referring to the website about sight reading that indicated that one can only sight read if you practice reading and playing the piano and sight reading is only limited by the piano player's ability to play the piano.

It is funny, but understandable, that the whole piano world wants to sight read Ballad played by Richter - Chopin Ballad No. 4, after their first piano lesson - and are searching the web for the magic that will enable them to sight read Ballad and all it takes is not money, but sitting on the piano bench day after day reading piano music and playing piano music. It is a destination after a long journey of playing the piano that you can sight read any music put before you like Lang Lang.





Edited by Michael_99 (04/02/13 04:20 PM)

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#2058380 - 04/02/13 04:48 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Michael_99]
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Originally Posted By: Michael_99
So would any poster please explain how any piano player is able to sight read any music that is not "easy and simple" to his level of playing the piano and reading the music to his level of reading/playing - else they would have to crawl through the measures - measure by measure.


I'm not sure I can explain it, but I can do it (and my teacher sure can do it).

It really depends on what you mean "easy and simple," though. I study ragtime pieces of moderate difficulty. When I first pick up a piece, I don't really have to crawl through the measures, measure by measure, but I'll certainly flub quite a few notes and won't really have the same interpretive depth as a piece I've specifically studied. So it's sight reading, but not performance quality.

On the other hand, I can read by sight ragtime pieces on the easier side of the genre. I'll still flub stuff but be closer to tempo and have fewer flubs. I'd consider these amateur performance quality and certainly not far off the level if I were to study the piece.

I was not a gifted sight reader. I recall having to painstakingly play measures note-by-note. But I was even worse at ear playing and memorization, so over the years, my brain rewired to where, now, for a lot of common patterns, I see the black marks on the page and it just makes my hands want to move a certain way. I don't really consciously have to think about the note names.

It's basically a time and study thing that, in my case, took a long time to start to develop. But if you ask me to explain "how" I do it, I can't. It's more that I simply did and did and did and did and did it until eventually, I could sort of do it.

Eye-oriented, professional musicians... as opposed to amateurs like me... are absolutely capable of reading very complex stuff at first glance and at performance quality.

Here's a video of Tom Brier, a well-known West Coast ragtime performer, not only reading a score at first sight but live-improvising over the score.

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#2058385 - 04/02/13 05:03 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Michael_99]
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I dont know about lang lang but i remember reading czerny remarked that lizst was constantly barraged with complex materials to the poin t he could play the most demanding music at first sight as if practiced for many hours....

How do we walk, talk, breath and assess the enviroment for dangers all at the same time...?

Cognative ability and practice..... lots and lots of practice till we are as much a musical instrument as the piano, atleast for the dedicated few ... not me yet lol
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#2058452 - 04/02/13 09:20 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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For me, it did help to go through "Improve Your Sight-Reading!" books 1 and 2, and maybe 3, possibly 4. But after that, there's just not enough material in the books (or most sight-reading methods -- I haven't tried Hannah Smith but I think my levels beyond her book). Those first books in the series taught me HOW to sight-read, and started slowly and easily, building me up. After book 3 or 4, you really need more material at that level so you can master it before moving up a level. That's where I bring in the website I linked in a post above.
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#2058528 - 04/03/13 03:17 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I'm using Bartok's Mikrokosmos and after exercise 20 it's already starting to get difficult for me, still in 5-finger position but with the two hands doing different things... I wonder if I will ever magically improve just by trying over and over. I try to read by intervals and read ahead but it's still so hard.
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#2058531 - 04/03/13 03:31 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
I'm using Bartok's Mikrokosmos and after exercise 20 it's already starting to get difficult for me, still in 5-finger position but with the two hands doing different things... I wonder if I will ever magically improve just by trying over and over. I try to read by intervals and read ahead but it's still so hard.


sinophilia, I know what you feel. I'm sight-reading Mikrokosmos I at the moment.

You need lots of resources for your appropriate level. Once you get through a score, it's no longer sight-reading. Here are some basic freebies from the Internet;

http://gmajormusictheory.org/Freebies/freebies.html
http://www.lds.org/music/library/childrens-songbook?lang=eng

Hope this helps!

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#2058541 - 04/03/13 03:54 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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True, but there's nothing wrong with reading a piece a second time, as that's still a useful skill. Just don't read it too many times if you want to keep it as sight-reading material for later. Still, I don't think it's a hindrance to read through a book a second or third time while you wait for more material.

I don't think the Mikrokosmos are as good as they say for sight-reading. But then again, I've only gone through the first book. It's great that they're progressive, but 35 pages is seriously not enough for you to get much better, especially when every piece gets harder than the last one, rather than keeping you at the same level. I think they're better suited to learning material.
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#2058559 - 04/03/13 06:05 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Originally Posted By: Maechre
For me, it did help to go through "Improve Your Sight-Reading!" books 1 and 2, and maybe 3, possibly 4. But after that, there's just not enough material in the books (or most sight-reading methods -- I haven't tried Hannah Smith but I think my levels beyond her book). Those first books in the series taught me HOW to sight-read, and started slowly and easily, building me up. After book 3 or 4, you really need more material at that level so you can master it before moving up a level. That's where I bring in the website I linked in a post above.


That's the main method I use. I'm a bad sight reader and as you say, after book 3 or 4 it gets very difficult. I'm doing the 6th now but a lot of mistakes, extremely slow playing. The books are very good in my opinion but could have been hundred pages each grade, maybe even 200 pages in stead of like 25.

The methodes introduces 'chords' relatively late in my opinion. Therefore I'm doing this hymn stuff nowadays.. man that's hard but I still like it.

As far as "first glance" thing; I play these little "sight-reading" pieces like maybe 3 times.. because in the end.. it's all about recognizing patterns and intervals. Cause if I play it only once with mistakes what did I learn from it?

When I play a piece wrong the first time, the second time I really focus on the intervals so that the next time I have this interval in antoher sight reading piece I won't make the same mistake again! This is the approach I use for the hymns too, getting to know the intervals and play it "good" before moving on. I take this piece, select like 8 bars.. sightread-play it and where I mistake or tend to mistake I'll analyze and try again.


Edited by Lost Woods (04/03/13 06:09 AM)

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#2058649 - 04/03/13 10:57 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Lost Woods, I like your process, and use it sometimes if I wasn't satisfied with my first go. By building your familiarity with a piece, you can be more prepared when a new piece comes along with a similar pattern. Which is why I do think there's something to reading a piece multiple times. Right now I'm learning a difficult piece, and for the third time I'm doing it with the music in front of me, always reading, very slowly, and working backwards from the last section to the first. This is how I want to learn music from now on. Memory fails. Sheet music is there to remind you how it all goes. When my reading skill gets better, I should have less trouble performing and accompanying.
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#2059561 - 04/05/13 02:41 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Thank you guys, I hadn't thought of this 'quantity' issue with sight-reading material! So I just ordered a bunch of other stuff, including Hannah Smith's book and Improve Your Sight-Reading 1 and 2. I have the Big Book of Beginner's Piano Classics but most of it is still too difficult for me to sight-read.

I'm devoting 15 minutes a day to this and I really want to improve! Still, sight-reading music is not just reading, you also have to 'translate' what you read to the keyboard. So hard when one's technique is still so poor!
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#2059563 - 04/05/13 02:51 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
Thank you guys, I hadn't thought of this 'quantity' issue with sight-reading material! So I just ordered a bunch of other stuff, including Hannah Smith's book and Improve Your Sight-Reading 1 and 2. I have the Big Book of Beginner's Piano Classics but most of it is still too difficult for me to sight-read.

I'm devoting 15 minutes a day to this and I really want to improve! Still, sight-reading music is not just reading, you also have to 'translate' what you read to the keyboard. So hard when one's technique is still so poor!


Is it just me or I don't know, sight-reading is very tiring for me. I am mentally exhausted after 15 minutes or so.

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#2059577 - 04/05/13 03:58 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Mete]
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Originally Posted By: Mete
Originally Posted By: sinophilia
Thank you guys, I hadn't thought of this 'quantity' issue with sight-reading material! So I just ordered a bunch of other stuff, including Hannah Smith's book and Improve Your Sight-Reading 1 and 2. I have the Big Book of Beginner's Piano Classics but most of it is still too difficult for me to sight-read.

I'm devoting 15 minutes a day to this and I really want to improve! Still, sight-reading music is not just reading, you also have to 'translate' what you read to the keyboard. So hard when one's technique is still so poor!


Is it just me or I don't know, sight-reading is very tiring for me. I am mentally exhausted after 15 minutes or so.


Sight-reading, when you give it your full focus and attention, is a very mentally demanding task. I can also only focus on it for about this long, too, being a beginner; our mental stamina will likely improve over time and/or, as our skills improve, sight-reading will likely require less focus from us mentally in order to do a decent job (at least until maybe the material rises proportionately to match the increase in abilities).

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#2059611 - 04/05/13 05:28 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Mete and Bobpickle, you're both right in my experience.

At the beginning I only did about 15 minutes a day, as it was very mentally tiring for me. There's a lot to focus on and you're working your brain like any muscle. It gets stronger with practice. As the muscle gets stronger it can endure more demanding tasks for longer. As I moved towards the end of my Big-Note phase, I was sight-reading music for an hour at a time, sometimes 2 if I had the time, just to solidify everything going on in my mind.

I got my new easy piano books today, and they're not so much more difficult as to put me off or make me drop back down a level, but they're hard enough to make me slow down a lot and not make too many mistakes.
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#2059638 - 04/05/13 07:22 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Originally Posted By: Maechre
Mete and Bobpickle, you're both right in my experience.

At the beginning I only did about 15 minutes a day, as it was very mentally tiring for me. There's a lot to focus on and you're working your brain like any muscle. It gets stronger with practice. As the muscle gets stronger it can endure more demanding tasks for longer. As I moved towards the end of my Big-Note phase, I was sight-reading music for an hour at a time, sometimes 2 if I had the time, just to solidify everything going on in my mind.

I got my new easy piano books today, and they're not so much more difficult as to put me off or make me drop back down a level, but they're hard enough to make me slow down a lot and not make too many mistakes.


As layman's terms, neurological connections get stronger each time they are used.

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#2059652 - 04/05/13 07:55 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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A little bit every day for me too. I have the in app metronome set at 42. When I am done with all my little exercises, I will start over but at a little bit faster speed.
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#2061863 - 04/09/13 12:05 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Question;
If you are playing for example in D major. You have 2 sharps, F# and C#.
Do you think about them in sense of recoginizing the F's and C's on the sheet music and then know these have to be played like F# or C#? Or do you just look at the intervals and really know the scale you are in so that the interval will directly lead you to de F# and C# without thinking about it?

Till' now I used the first method.. but I began doubting it.. maybe it's much better to really "fit" in the scale so you don't have to think about de F's and C's on sheet music but only about the interval and cause your mind is in the scale it will be automatically F# or C#. For 1, 2 or maybe 3 sharps it doesn't make the biggest difference but when I sight read these little pieces in C# en F minor I find myself thinking to much about the notes in stead of the intervals.

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#2062049 - 04/09/13 04:42 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I can't really answer this question, it is still too early into my sight reading journey. I am just as curious as to the answers others will give. For myself I try as much as possible to read intervallicaly and will often not play the correct sharps or flats, my brain is yet to inhabit the scale. I am hoping just more experience will correct that problem.
I asked my music teacher something similar a month back - I asked did she read the intervals or the notes and she surprised me by saying both. This followed on from an early comment when I was trying to explain how I was seeing and reading music. I had asked if this was ok was I on the right path and again I got a surprising answer, that there was no right way, that whatever works for the individual is ok. I can accept this in the respect that sight reading seems to be made up of lots of things, interval, chord, pattern recognition. Sight reading is going to be a personal thing with everyone having little differences of execution. I did search for a while to find a book on the subject but I can't find the art of sight reading explained.
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#2062243 - 04/10/13 01:53 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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My approach with key signatures is that I play the related scale a few times and then I'm sort of blocking out the notes that are not in it - in D major I will just know that there won't be natural F's and C's unless they have a natural sign in front, so I just avoid those keys. It's like putting one's brain in a specific mode, although I don't know if it's a good way or not. Actually it makes it harder to change key within a song and even to practice two songs in a different key at the same time.
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#2062284 - 04/10/13 05:46 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Lost Woods]
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Lost Woods:

From my own experience, here are my two cents.

Know the scale. When I play in D major, I know that all C's and F's are sharpened, so I only ever play C sharp and F sharp. Before I start the piece I have to know the key signature, and when I do that I get myself ready to play in the correct scale. If it's a scale I haven't sight-read in much, I play the scale up and down a few times.

It's also useful to know the chords in the scale. For example, in D you have D, Em, F#m, G, A, Bm and C#dim.
In F minor, you have Fm, Gdim, Ab, Bbm, Cm, Db, Eb.

Even just knowing some chords in the scale, it will help your hand fall into the right place when you're playing chords (broken or otherwise), most likely in the left hand, and you can adjust any alterations from there.

I use the "know all F's and C's are raised" method. Getting it to happen automatically is just a matter of practice, and being careful to play those raised notes correctly while practising.
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