So today I bought five sight reading books, at first I only wanted to buy three books, but the shipping cost was so high that it was about one third of the actual cost. So I bought the two next books in the series, Improve your sight-reading (piano) by Paul Harris, i.e. grade 1-5.
While searching for books I found this site which offers a good deal of books that you can practice sight reading with. They also mention a book called “Super Sight Reading Secrets” which I think I’m going to buy from that page as an eBook.
I also found some general tips regarding sight-reading (which isn’t mentioned in the site above); hymns are really good books to train from, although I don’t have any example books there should be one you can buy. Preferably a book that has a time signature and such.
Previously I’d train study the piano about 2 hours per day, however now it’s a lot more. No, I don’t sit more by the piano, but I’m studying music theory, which isn’t exactly to study the piano, but I need it to … be a good pianist. So nowadays it’s more like 3-4 hours depending on how much I want to study it.
Ok, so I’m really, really, really bad at sight reading. I mean, I can play like the whole Für Elise rather good but I can barely play twinkle twinkle little star from sheet music. Thats how bad I am…
To change this I though I’d find some information about how to get better and what pieces to use. However I quickly noticed that it was hard to find anything more than just general tips like; do not stop, never ever, don’t correct yourself, and don’t watch your hands, be at least one bar in front, etc. But I’d like more of some sheet music and guides to actually help me, both lots of sheet music that keep increasing in difficulty and rhythm/beat examples to do.
It took a while, about 3 hours until I had found some resources that was useful. I found this site that had some sheet music examples used for sight reading and this game that makes it easier and more fun to learn the places of the notes. As a tip I say out the note load so that I ‘bind’ it to a ‘character’ and not only to a key on the piano.
I’m also looking for books to buy, but the local (Internet bookstores in Sweden) don’t have many on this subject and it’s hard to find reviews on them. I’ll probably import some from England.
Another thing that I’ really suck at is music theory, since I’m pretty much self-learnt and my current teacher isn’t from Sweden so she’s having a hard time explaining things for me, however she’s a really good teacher. So I coincidently stumbled on Andrew Furmanzcyk which are giving away free piano AND free music theory lessons. I don’t know how much I need to thank him for this service, it makes it really easy to learn music theory, and quite fun too Here is the link to his youtube account, you can find the different lessons if you browse through his uploads.
Anyway I’ll report back every now and how much progress I’ve made.