This topic is probably discussed somewhere before, but please bear with me.
I am a violin student in high school right now, but I am quite horrible at sightreading. Unfortunately I have to do it for youth orchestra as well as regional auditions. I have an audition next month and I am positively freaking out. I have heard people using etudes to practice sightreading, but what I am having most trouble with is weired rhythms only seen in orchestra music.
I have taken this problem to my teacher, and she tries to give me some orchestra music to sightread, but every time I see the rhythms (you know, the 8th note then a rest then another 8th note and a quarter tied to the next measure... you get the idea) I just want to break down and cry. It's like I have this mental block that won't allow me to sightread.
I know the importance of looking at key signatures and those kind of things, but I am very nervous. Does anyone have any advice on how to combat this fear or to boost my confidence? Many times I am simply too scared to play!
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