Sight-reading

Sight-reading on the piano is something many people struggle with… But with powerful fluent skills in place, you can look at a score that you’ve never seen before and hear the music it depicts instantly in your imagination, without any thinking or working out.

The kind of sight-reading that most people do involves decoding the notes onto the piano keyboard and only then do they find out the sound of the music. Imagine having to type all the letters of a book into a machine one by one, before you get to hear the words. We wouldn’t even call that reading!

Being able to sight-read fluently opens up a whole world of music to a pianist or keyboard musician. And a fluent grasp of musical notation means that you can write down any music that you can hear in your mind. This makes sharing music that you create easy.

Being able to sight-read fluently opens up a whole world of music

Sight-reading musical notation is not nearly as difficult as it seems. Once you know all the tonal blocks as sounds and places within the clear structure of  keyboard map and all the rhythm cells as they unfold within the rhythmic structure of the music, learning to recognise these elements in a musical score is quite easy. To sight-read effortlessly, you must stop reading separate notes. Using this piano course, you will learn to join the dots together so that they make complete shapes that you instantly recognise and hear internally.

Musical notation is actually a very clever shorthand. You just need to stop treating a score as a list of linear instructions telling you what keys to play and for how long. This mechanical, passive – and very unmusical – approach makes sight-reading too complex and difficult. It can also make the notation system appear illogical. Instead, when you rely on a strong and clear practical grasp of the principles and elements of musical language that you can use naturally to express yourself musically, you can find sight-reading a musical score as intuitive and easy as reading a book.