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#beginquote# The best way to improve your sight reading is to do it daily. Try to avoid reading things that challenge you at first. Read as much easy stuff as you can, and then gradually increase the difficulty. Some general tips: Editors group notes in groups of a beat (some times 2). The first note of the grouping is almost always on the beat. (even in very complex rhythms). This can help you decifer the tricky stuff. Learn the counting and say it out loud with the subdivisions too ( 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and . . . . for eigth note based rhythms) then clap the written counting while saying the subdivisions. My Grad School theory and comp teacher always told us to hear with our eyes, and see with our ears. It is the same mental process in reverse. If you work it from both sides it is better reinforced. There are software programs that play you a rhythm and have you write it out. This helps a lot. Use play along recordings. They wont wait for you when you make a mistake. This helps you to keep moving. Most colleges have what is called a TAP machine (or similar device) which has a systematic rhythm reading program. AWESOME!!!! As for reading the notes,practice scales and patterns with music and follow with the eyes. Even stuff you know already. The key to profiicient reading is for your brain to do the work without you really thinking about it. I read in 2 beats at a time. My brain processes the next thing I have to play while I am playing the current 2 beat pattern. Your eyes end up moving ahead (just like when reading the end of one line of text and moving to the next line). Once I learned to do that things got even move comfortable. As for not being a musician unless you can sight read . . . . . . . Nonsense!!!!! There is an endless list of great musicians who could not sight read music. (think of the many blind musicians just for a start). Tons of Jazz musicians rose to the top of their field without reading even a little. It is true that is is tough to make a living without good reading chops, and that any musician can improve by reading well. It is not true that literacy and artistry are always connected. GOOOOOOROOOOOO #endquote#
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