Darn...I hit a wrong key and my post beamed up somewhere..please excuse if this is a repeat. (GRRRRRR!)
My sightreading adventures continue in full swing. I am really working hard at this with my goal being to become better than my new, good sightreading adult student.
I have learned a lot here in the Sightreading categories and I thank you all for your valuable help and suggestions. I have learned handy things like:
start with music that is below reading level[/b] I did. Happily, I breezed through P-1 and level 2 with no problems. Level 3 (on which I am still working) is coming along nicely and since I've read through about 30 pieces at this level, I now mix them up and reread them. Problem is, I memorize so darned fast (at least for a 57 year old antique) that almost all the pieces are now "familiar".
sightread 10-30 minutes a day[/b] Well...I have to confess that I am probably doing a couple of hours worth and my head clogs up after a while. Today, I alternate back and forth between some sightreading and shampooing the steps going to our second floor. (Now THAT'S exciting!)
Read from the bottom up.[/b] I'm happy to report that I already do this.
Make sure you are sightreading at lower than your level.[/b] MAJOR FACE SLAP. So much for my feeling smug at level 3 and moving on to level 4. I am indeed humbled because level 4 is a struggle...especially stuff that is not tonal. So, guess I'll continue hunting for level 2 and 3 materials to plow through until I feel that I might again be humbled by level 4.
match your ability from the samples from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. /B] I can't remember who kindly posted these short samples from levels 1-8 but they are right on!! My level 3 is good, level 4 is "wicked slow".
Try some Pischna to help sightreading[/b]
Book ordered. I also ordered "A guide to Remedial Reading for the Piano Student", used, on Amazon.com. I'm hoping that I will gain more insights. I am about as "remedial" as they come.
read 4 part harmony from a Hymnal[/b] ..Well...I don't think I'm ready for that yet...but somewhere in the deep dark recesses of my music files I DO have a hymnal. (Probably hand written by the monks in the middle ages...) :>)
And there are other guidlines that I am following as well that you all suggested. I am most grateful to you all.
I hope this post isn't too uninteresting.
Alan in RI...burning up the keys today...and the carpet shampooer...