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#2084001 - 05/17/13 05:08 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Thank you! smile Umm, I hope the mods don't ban me for spamming. crazy
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#2085642 - 05/20/13 09:03 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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How's everyone going with it?
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#2085665 - 05/20/13 10:09 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I got my Big Note best loved songs on Friday and was really happy that I can read the music well enough on the few that I have played to work my way through a piece fairly easily after a few tries. A few notes I have to really think about but many of them are coming much easier now. I also got a "beginner Boogie Woogie" book and it's harder because many of the notes are not ones I am very familiar with, but with some effort I can play some of the left hand patterns pretty well. That feels like progress to me!
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#2085833 - 05/20/13 03:34 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I'm in section 3 of Hannah Smith's book.. it's not much but I'm quite happy about it smile
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#2086008 - 05/20/13 09:14 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I am waiting for a new big note book, but have plenty of material I can use, just smaller print which is more difficult with my eyesight.
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#2086069 - 05/21/13 12:27 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Excellent work, everyone! I'm running out of material, so I'm going to order two or three bulky new books. smile While I'm waiting I'll work on the classical books I have.
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#2086109 - 05/21/13 03:43 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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If you're out of material, you can go through these: http://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/eng...ng.pdf?lang=eng

Search the forums, too. There are a ton of threads with free material; CLICK


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#2086212 - 05/21/13 10:48 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Thanks! smile I have three hundred and something LDS hymns on my tablet, but I don't read them because it's hard to keep track of where I'm up to. But it's good to know it's there if I want it.
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#2086574 - 05/22/13 03:54 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Bobpickle]
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Originally Posted By: Bobpickle
If you're out of material, you can go through these: http://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/eng...ng.pdf?lang=eng


Lovely! Still too hard for me as pure sight-reading, but well worth giving it a try.
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#2086604 - 05/22/13 07:06 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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New video. Anyone remember this original theme song from Winnie the Pooh? I only know this one from Kingdom Hearts. The one I remember from the cartoon is the one that ends with, "It's me and it's you, and silly old Winnie the Pooh."

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#2086610 - 05/22/13 07:20 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I see you got your jacket on Maechre, weather has suddenly turned chilly here too.

How long did you start taking sight reading seriously?
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#2086660 - 05/22/13 08:53 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Yes, it's been especially cold this week! I just can't imagine what the middle of winter's going to be like.

I started taking sight-reading seriously at the start of 2011.
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#2086664 - 05/22/13 08:54 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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So it's been two and a half years since I started working on it seriously. Not to say there haven't been my down moments where I took breaks! wink
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#2086668 - 05/22/13 09:13 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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A new book came in the mail yesterday and it's already cleared up so many things for me! I got this one:

The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences: Includes All the Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic) & Chromatic Scales - Plus Additional Instructions on Music Fundamentals

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0739003682/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I can see how scales are done now, how cords (and inversions) work, SO many things I really wondered about!! This book is going to help me tremendously! Thanks to whoever recommended it. It's well worth the $8 price tag.
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#2086671 - 05/22/13 09:19 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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That's going to help you sooooo much! Scales a fair bit, but the chords will make a huge difference. smile
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#2086713 - 05/22/13 10:48 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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You will definitely be able to master your sight reading eventually! Two and a half years since you started is quite a long time. The key is to practice every day. Just allow 15' - 20' daily for sight reading so your eye and brain will get trained to move forward. At the same time you will also gain confidence which will allow you to play CONTINUOUSLY.

To help you master your sight reading try "SightRead4Piano" app on iPad. More information could be found on this website www.sightread4.com
Music is already structured for you and there are over 1,100 pcs of music available.
This method is highly regarded worldwide by both teachers and students, I am sure that it will help in getting the results you expect.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Anne

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#2086729 - 05/22/13 11:27 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Pity I don't have an iPad, otherwise I'd try it out. I'll never stop working on my sight-reading though. Unless I find that 8 years from now I've gotten nowhere . . . something I highly doubt. :P
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#2086730 - 05/22/13 11:29 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I tried to find the app in the app store on my iphone and could not locate it. I wonder if it's available for folks in GB only? It looks like a really good app!
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#2086964 - 05/22/13 05:50 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I found this blog a few months ago, it is a good read and puts ths learning time into perspective. Note though no one recommends trying to sight read two hours a day

http://pianosightreading.blogspot.com.au/2008/01/background.html
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#2087133 - 05/23/13 01:49 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Anne B., thank you for your suggestion, but I see you have only 3 messages and they are all about this app. Advertisement anyone?
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#2087190 - 05/23/13 07:11 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
Anne B., thank you for your suggestion, but I see you have only 3 messages and they are all about this app. Advertisement anyone?


Well spotted sinophilia, perhaps we should discuss in this thread the cons of such an app as all I ever hear is how good it is.
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#2087280 - 05/23/13 10:35 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I noticed exactly the same thing, sino.

earlofmar: In the past I've read that whole blog, and I check up with it every now and again to see if there are any new posts.

No, people don't usually recommend sight-reading for two hours a day. However, it's something that would be good for everyone to try for a day or a week at some point, when the sight-reading's not too tiring. I started feeling pretty good about my sight-reading when I was doing it for an hour a day.
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#2092589 - 05/31/13 01:47 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Just finished part 3 of the Hannah Smith. I still have to slow down in the independent hands exercises but my left hand is getting a tiny bit better I think. Today I'll start the part on flats.

I am also going through Alfred's jazz/rock book which I had started last summer, and I found out I can read and play the first few songs without having to think too much. Not exactly sight-reading though, as I remember the rhythms a bit, but still...
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#2092652 - 05/31/13 04:24 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Sounds good sinophilia, I feel like I haven't been as diligent this week with my sight reading. I am waiting for a book recommended by Maechre "100 Best Loved Piano Solos, Vol 1". I got an email saying it was in New Zealand a week ago, but I don't think there is a word in the Kiwi language for "express".

I am going to give the "Sightreadingmastery.com" a go over the weekend. I am not hopeful it will be suitable but they give a seven day trial to test it out.
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#2092656 - 05/31/13 04:34 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I ordered two new books and I'm waiting for them to come. "150 of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever", and "150 More of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever". They seem to be at the higher end of what I've been working on, and if they're at a good level, they should last me a while. smile
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#2094091 - 06/02/13 08:09 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I have at least two sources (Super sightreading secrets and an online teacher) which say it is essential to be able to see and name a note instantly, including saying aloud it's name. I have not been practicing this because I have been getting most of my improvement from interval reading, and instead of naming a note I have made a connection with the note and key to be played. So I believe I am skipping this step of note naming which I thought was a good thing. Any comments on this matter?
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#2094206 - 06/02/13 11:44 PM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: earlofmar]
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Originally Posted By: earlofmar
I have at least two sources (Super sightreading secrets and an online teacher) which say it is essential to be able to see and name a note instantly, including saying aloud it's name. I have not been practicing this because I have been getting most of my improvement from interval reading, and instead of naming a note I have made a connection with the note and key to be played. So I believe I am skipping this step of note naming which I thought was a good thing. Any comments on this matter?


The reason for being able to identify any note instantly isn't to replace intervallic reading like you're doing so successfully - but rather a supplementary skill to be used when there are large leaps or breaks in playing and intervallic reading can't be relied on (I don't know how much use for this there would be in sight-reading beginner repertoire).

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#2094371 - 06/03/13 08:22 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Bobpickle's spot on.
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#2099121 - 06/09/13 03:55 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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Got my two new books. Easier than the last book I went through, but together they're about 1,100 pages. So hopefully I can become quite solid at that level.
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#2099148 - 06/09/13 06:33 AM Re: Sight-Reading Boot Camp [Re: Maechre]
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I received 88 Piano Classics the other day and it is just what I have been looking for. I have another one 101 Piano solos on order and it should be here any day.
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