Top Tips for Sight Reading Music

Top Tips for Sight Reading Music
July 6, 2016 LearnMusic.Guide

There are plenty of music theory lessons online, but sometimes you simply need a little extra information. We have put together a list of our top tips for learning to sight read music. And hopefully it will make everything a whole lot easier.

Take a piece of music and get prepared. This involves looking through the piece and reading the notes, tapping out the rhythms and identifying any key changes or changes in time. Try to commit all the information to memory. It is also helpful to mark any areas which you might for see as being problematic with a pen or pencil.

See the sheet music as a map or a set of clues, it gives you an indication of how the music should sound before you even get anywhere near your instrument. Think about the fingering and tap out the rhythm.

If you are doing a sight reading exam, after the preparation, the key to getting it right is t remember to breathe. It might sound a little silly but breathing enables you to keep calm and might just help with the tempo. Losing breath control can cause confusion and it is likely you will play too quickly. For singers, or those playing woodwind instruments it might be helpful to plan the breathing before you start, marking it out on the sheet.

Quick Tips:

  1. Memorise key signatures
  2. Know your scales inside out
  3. Practice sight singing
  4. Mark the paper with a pencil, highlight potential problems or breathing spaces
  5. Sound the piece in your head
  6. Breathe..it will help keep you calm
  7. Tap out notes
  8. Practice playing without looking at your hand movements

Find further tips and tricks on our site, including these incredibly helpful top tips for breath control and singing.