Music Learning – A Beginners Guide to Music Sightreading


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In recent times, I got some interesting questions on music sightreading techniques and the blend it delivers for enhancing better music learning and playing. Here, I will be sharing some of the key notes of music sightreading with you all. Practicing or rehearsing on the sheet music for an orchestra, band, or a solo performance is essential for the musicians to fit well within a group.

To fit in well and deliver a superior performance, it is necessary to break down the song into parts for enhancing better practice. Today, maximum sheet music comes with broken segments, especially with faster and slower tempos. Therefore, it allows a better start at breaking down the musical piece.

Basic Guide at Sightreading

    • Rehearse the Piece- Musicians should always consider going for a complete rehearsal of the sheet music in advance. Since, it is all about acts and artists, practicing the sheet better is a skill that should be mastered at an early stage. As a beginners guide to music sightreading, you should always try to locate the troubling areas in the piece.
    • Spot Difficult passages – It is to be noted that the major focus of sightreading is to spot out large pieces that usually requires more attention. At the initial stage, it is advisable that you spot those difficult passages and mark them in a similar pattern, either lined or circled.
    • Avoid pen markings- You should always avoid using pen while marking any areas of concern or practice in your sheet music. Remember, sightreading does not stand as the only concern for your musical piece and there might be places in the sheet requiring other adjustments.
    • Consider a clean sheet music – Playing the note slower or adding in some techniques for a particular note can possibly be your other adjustments in the piece along with sightreading concerns. Using multiple markings for differentiating each adjustment would turn your sheet messy. Rather, use distinct and small marks for cleanliness in the sheet.

Guided Steps to Sightreading

Since, this is a beginner’s guide to enhance better music sightreading; here is a quick look at the some of the initial steps that can help you tune in better music learning-

    • Always take your note with pencil
    • Begin marking the troublesome places from the start
    • Practice the troubling areas until you have mastered it
    • Rehearse the entire piece thoroughly once or twice before your performance
    • Play the easier and better-learned parts of the musical piece to build an attachment with it
    • Rehearse the scales, etudes, and arpeggios during your off time for swift handling of fingers and brains

Any piece of music should always be enjoyed for better learning. Music sightreading should involve practice, as in to master the difficult passages better. Music learning is not just about practicing; it is about mastering the skill.

By guest author Denial Crook

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