Re: Opinions on Sight-Reading...

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Posted by Ed on January 24, 2001 at 16:10:28:

In Reply to: Opinions on Sight-Reading... posted by Thumpin' Tom Pogson on January 23, 2001 at 19:44:02:

I'm not sure of your point Tom. I mean it's not like there's a shortage of stuff to read out there, there's tons and tons of stuff.
EL PARIAHs language analogy is valid, if you only have one book you can read it a few times and it's still kinda of terra incognito, but any more than that and you pretty much know what's coming up, right?
But as I said, there are any number of method books out there that will take you through simple exercises to more complex ones, then you move on. Once you get past that, it's like open season at the library, check something out read through, take it back and get something else. The more you read through stuff the easier it is to read through other stuff.
If you live near a university they generally have pretty good libraries for their music students, and copyright law DOES allow you to make single copies of copyrighted material for "scholarly use". So yer not breaking any laws OR anybody's bank account.
But if you are working on sight reading you pretty much want to work on THAT, not working out playing a piece, so I would keep the stop and re-do to an absolute minimum. You do want to make sure you are actually READING so if you find yourself making a lot of mistakes, reduce the tempo on the nome and start over.

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