Cool. Thanks for your comments Steve. We haven't even begun looking at aural work yet although I'm sure his teacher will start to introduce this over the coming weeks.Steve Langham wrote:Paul, I did the AMEB grade 3 exam last year. I also had and used the AMEB sight reading book. It's a good book and has lots of good appropriate pieces in it which matched the level of the piece I was given in the exam. I suggest you have him start at the earlier grades in the book to build up some confidence and work his way up to the grade 3 level sight reading. I would go through a set of some pieces in my practice and after a few days I might come back and repeat the same pieces but I never felt like I was memorising them. There are a lot of examples in the book and so when I came back to them it felt pretty much like I was starting over. My mistakes certainly vouch for that!
As per above comments, make sure he's comfortable with the rhythm first and then the note accuracy second. Correct rhythm with some duff notes will sound better than the other way round.
I'm doing grade 4 now, I still find the sight reading to be a chore!
Don't forget the aural work as well for your son.
This is more or less how accomplished musicians sight-read, by my understanding--commonly a measure or two ahead, or if the passage is not busy even further. Before playing at all, they have scanned for key, modalities, potentially tough or easy spots, and for idiomatic and generic features.kmurdick wrote:The ability to read well is much more important than being able to read at sight. In addition, the better reader you are, the better sight reader you will be. Here is what I mean by good reading. Choose a piece of music that is beneath your current level. Take a portion of the piece - perhaps just one line - visualize playing the portion in your mind without using the guitar. Then see if you can play this portion on the guitar slowly without error the first time you play it. If not, repeat the process. If you can't get it at some tempo after two or three tries, it means you are using material that is too difficult. Remember, you can already sight read music at some level. The purpose of practicing good reading techniques is to push this level up.
The reason I do not like the idea of just practicing reading at sight is that you end up practicing errors. Visualization allows you to look ahead and play the notes accurately.
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