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An Extreme Sight-Reading Pre-study Checklist!

Posted in Sight-Reading by elwynrees on January 31, 2012

We are used to the idea of “Extreme Sports” so how about an “Extreme Sight-Reading Pre-study” Checklist? ¬†ūüėČ

Lately I’ve ¬†formalised my sight-reading practice into two tasks: firstly an away from the piano pre-study task of around 20 minutes. ¬† Secondly the play through at the piano.

The aim of the pre-study of the score is to really suck out as much information as possible.   This is completed prior to sitting down and playing through the piece at the piano.   I think that this skill is one aspect of what good sight-readers do intuitively and quickly.

To help this process, I started writing a check list of things that I must look for in the score during the pre-study. ¬† In recent weeks this has now evolved into the “Sight-Reading Pre-study Checklist” shown here and which has gone through several cycles of revision.

My experience using this has been very positive in that it helps to grasp and assimilate the score and keep focus during the pre-study of the piece. ¬†What has also been an eye-opener, is writing out the notes, staffs, scales runs, chords and so forth on the blank staffs I’ve put in the checklist. ¬† This greatly helps with the decoding of for example, the highest or lowest notes on each staff and those in particular with lots of ledger lines.

I’m finding it’s currently taking around about 20 minutes to go through a simple Grade 2 piece (ABRSM).¬†¬†¬† I’ve also noticed that the number of problems encountered during the “real” play through at the piano have reduced (and so I have dropped the ‘at the piano’ ¬†study task to 3 minutes).¬†¬† Any problems are noted down afterwards. ¬†The completed forms for each sight-read piece are available for¬†subsequent¬†review.

Further details and a link to a PDF of the checklist can be found  in the full article.  The checklist is in an evolutionary state and your thoughts, ideas and comments are most welcome!

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Sight-Reading Test (4) 20110409

Posted in Sight-Reading by elwynrees on April 9, 2011

 

Today I took my fourth in a series of D.I.Y sight-reading tests using ABRSM specimen tests.¬† You can find the previous three listed under the “Sight reading” category on the right….

 So what happend?

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“Sight-reading: YouTube Tutorials, Notes and Thoughts” post …scambled now fixed

Posted in Sight-Reading by elwynrees on April 3, 2011

I found that WordPress seemed to have scrampled the html code embedding the Youtube videos in the “Sight-reading: YouTube Tutorials, Notes and Thoughts
” post.

I’ve updated it and the YT vids seem to be showing again (they’d vanished). You can see here Sight-reading: YouTube Tutorials, Notes and Thoughts

Sight-Reading Test (3) 201001124

Posted in Sight-Reading by elwynrees on November 24, 2010

Today I took my third in a series of sight-reading tests using ABRSM specimen tests for grades 1-3, so has there been any progress?

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Sight-Reading Test (2) 20100925

Posted in Sight-Reading by elwynrees on September 25, 2010

        Today I took my second sight reading  test. 

So have I stood still or has there been some progress?

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Sight-Reading test (1) 20100829

Posted in Sight-Reading by elwynrees on August 30, 2010

Took my first sight reading “test”.¬† This was to set a base line and get a more objective view of just how bad I am at it. Read on for the grizzly details…

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A Change of Tack…

Posted in Sight-Reading by elwynrees on August 21, 2010

A change of tack seems to have occurred of late.¬†¬† I have caught a “back-to-basics” sight-reading bug.¬†¬†¬†Some¬†¬†thoughts and ideas, and the usual philosophical ramblings follow.¬†¬†

A method (Dr Dianne Hardy’s) for improving sight-reading is described and a DIY approach outlined…¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

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Sight-reading: YouTube Tutorials, Notes and Thoughts

Posted in Sight-Reading by elwynrees on August 14, 2010

There are many piano tutorials on¬†YouTube and¬†¬† I started reviewing some of these.¬†¬† You can find a¬†collection of ¬†these and a summary of their key points and my thoughts and strategy in the full article… (more…)