Although I play jazz piano gigs a few times a month, my sight-reading is atrocious. I finally decided I'm going to fix that, and I'm practicing sight-reading about two hours a day. I plan to continue that at least through all of 2008.
After searches of this forum and the Internet, I'm clear on what I need to do: Read lots of material, try not to stop and correct mistakes, go through hymnals, use metronome, recognize intervals, etc.
Here are some questions to help me get the most out of my practice:
1. I figured I'd read each piece once, but I go through a lot of material that way. Do I get much sight-reading benefit from playing the piece, say, 2-5 times? As with many poor sight-readers, I'm a good memorizer, so even the second time through I'm doing a lot less reading.
2. I've found good sources of free easy piano sight-reading material (for example, www.easybyte.org),
but for those you have to download a PDF of each page individually and print them out. Anyone know of a site that lets you download a whole book in one PDF file?
3. Any suggestions for books with lots of pieces? Right now I'm working through "Easy classics to moderns, Vol 17, Music for Millions".
4. Some pieces are too difficult for me to read at a normal tempo, so I set the tempo super low. For example, 50 bpm for eighth notes! Is that too slow to get good sight-reading practice from?
Thanks for your help!!