Best resource to learn to read music, for violin
I'm wanting to possibly hedge my bets a little to augment my Suzuki book. I can read music a little right now, having taken introductory piano for a semester.
On Amazon I see:
I Can Read Music
Improve Your Sight Reading
Yes, and practice also with something that is meant to focus on reading, which introductory Suzuki is not.
I would recommend the First etude album by Whistler and Hummel. It's worked great for me as a teacher.
Violin sight reading by John Kember.
I Can Read doesn't really help you connect the notes to the finger position on the violin. It's just drilling notes on a staff, and there's no musicality to it. Improve your sight reading is a bit better, but not much. It's really boring and not musical. The point is to frustrate your ear so you have to rely on what's written. It sounds weird and isn't fun. 'Torture' is the word my students use for it (we do warm ups with it during audition season).
Here's the thing: It doesn't really matter. You can learn to read with Winnie the Pooh or with Brothers Karamazov. Once you know the letters (notes), what makes you a good reader is the habit of reading. So if you want to improve your reading, just pick any work in keys you are familiar and play with metronome random bars in it 20 minutes a day.
Thanks Carlos, and others.
I think at the end it is quite simple: You learn to sight-read by sight-reading. Try pieces that pose no serious technical problems for you--I don't know, Telemann for example (not the solo pieces!). Begin with slow movements. Forgive yourself the errors you make and keep going.
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