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#beginquote# There are a couple of things which may help. First, separate the rhythms from the notes. I often have my students (of any age) tap the rhythm on the table with their hands so they can concentrate solely on the rhythm. Once he or she can do the rhythm correctly add the positions while singing it (correct notes while singing is not the goal, but moving the slide to the proper position at the right time is). Once this is accomplished, he or she is ready to play it. By doing this, you can see exactly which of these skills is causing the trouble and you can work on it. A strong player often wants to sightread music that is harder than they are able to do at sight. The best way to learn to sightread is by reading music that IS attainable on the first try and gradually adding in other elements. Just like when he or she learned to read words, by seeing the same patterns over and over, the brain will quickly be able to process those without concious thought just like young kids can read certain words automatically while needing to sound out others. My guess is that it is the rhythms that are troubling him. There are several good computer programs which can help to: Try "Music Ace". It is not expensive, and Several of my private students have had good success with it. GOOOOOOROOOOOO #endquote#
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