It seems there are a lot of discussions about the value and the nature of sight-reading these days. That's great! I really believe that over time it can empower you to surpass your current expectations of what you are capable of.
I'm very proud of the achievements of each and every subscriber and student of mine who share their experiences with me. And this is just the beginning. If you continue this practice, miracles WILL happen to your technique, music theory skills, and general musicianship.
Last night we had a practice with our organ studio Unda Maris. At the end of practice, I told my students about these daily sigh-reading pieces I include in my English articles. So I explained what would be the benefits of sight-reading just 5 minutes a day for 30 days! They made a pact to try this experiment for 30 days.
They all agreed that 5 minutes is something almost anybody can commit to. We'll see...
Shall you join too sight-reading from your hymnal or from my selections in a methodical manner that I teach here?
I don't think you need to wait for New Year's resolution to start this practice. Just start it now. By the end of the year, the experiment will be over and you will have formed a new important habit of sight-reading.
Only 5 minutes (15 minutes maximum if you see that you have more time that day)!
Drip, drip, drip like water on the stone over time...
Thanks to Franco sent me a link to the article about the scientific analysis of sight-reading. If you ever were curious about whether the success in sight-reading depends on your innate talents or is it a skill which can be acquired with practice, I strongly recommend it. In this article you will also find out fascinating data of what related and unrelated abilities help to develop great sight-reading skills.
Movement 3: Allegro (p. 9) from the Trio Sonata No. 1 in Eb major, BWV 525 by J.S. Bach
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