Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

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MichaelBarski
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Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

Post by MichaelBarski » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:15 pm

Hey everyone!

I'm trying to find some material to use for sight reading and I was wondering what you guys use or would suggest using. I've used the Lafosse books before, but I don't really care for the readability of the note style.

Also, on top of the material, how would you go about getting the most out of maybe 5 minutes of sight reading? How would you approach a sight-reading session?
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Arrowhead
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Re: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

Post by Arrowhead » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:08 pm

The Andre Lafosse- Vade Mecum is really good!
Take any Real Book in Treble Clef and sightread ballads in treble clef. Then try playing it in Alto clef, Tenor Clef, Bass Clef, and Mezzo-Soprano clef.
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Re: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

Post by hyperbolica » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:19 pm

I would pick up characteristic etude books for other instruments like Top Tones For Trumpet. That way you can practice melodies you're not familiar with as well as clefs or transposition. I'm sure there are other great books for clarinet, sax, viola, bassoon, etc. Reading odd time and key signatures accelerates the benefits in my view.

Plus, use a metronome and read in strict time as much as possible. It's better to skip notes while remaining in time than slowing down or repeating something you missed.
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Re: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

Post by VJOFan » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:12 am

MichaelBarski wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:15 pm
Also, on top of the material, how would you go about getting the most out of maybe 5 minutes of sight reading? How would you approach a sight-reading session?
If I think about the most realistic situations where I actually sight read in "real" situations it is usually in rehearsals with groups I am sitting in with or when we are trying new music to see if we like it.

With that in mind, when I sight read anything at home I work on the habits I need to do well in those rehearsals:

- Scan the music for time signature(s), key(s), road maps and the intricate rhythms or technical passages that may trip me up
- Get the best sense of tempo and style I can from any clues on the page like those Italian words, composers, dates of composition
- do a quick mental rehearsal of the tricky bits I found in the expected tempo and style.

When I play, I do so with the intent of keeping my place relative to the beat. If I have to fluff through some things to do that, so be it.

My goal is to sound musical and not disrupt any one else's flow by trying too hard to play all the notes the first time.
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Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

Post by BarryVarie » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:55 pm

I know what you mean brummers, I wish I could just go to a piano and play a piece Im so slow when it comes to sight reading, but I guess practice makes perfect
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Re: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

Post by baileyman » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:28 am

...and run a metronome all the time...
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Re: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

Post by norbie2018 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:52 am

Get ahold of any music books for trombone and other instruments - not just brass - and play out of them on a daily basis. If you encounter some crazy runs just pay the entire piece at an appropriate tempo.

There is a fake book of classical music you might find useful.

Also, those little march books are useful.
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Re: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

Post by bigbandbone » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:21 am

Evelyn Woods speed reading course helped me.
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