Sight reading

December 3, 2018, 1:30 AM · Though the traditional way to improve the sight reading is just reading through a lot of music, I would like to know about some basic techniques to do it well. There is a major area I want to look into:

How to get the rightful use of 30 seconds (that we usually get before an exam)?

Another problem I always face is to take note of the dynamics in the piece.

Please help.

PS: I'm a Grade 7 student

Replies (2)

Edited: December 3, 2018, 6:42 AM · I only had one of those sight-reading tests once, but 30 seconds is enough to look for time signatures, key signatures, tempos, clefs (maybe less important for violin but there are things like false harmonics, pizz/arco, and 8va to look out for), and broader structural elements such as first and second endings, DS al Coda, and hum the first couple of bars to yourself. Since you stumble on dynamics maybe a few seconds to make note of highest and lowest point of piece.
December 3, 2018, 10:42 PM · Thanks, Paul!

This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Yamaha YVN Model 3
Yamaha YVN Model 3

Corilon Violins
Corilon Violins

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

Tomplay
Tomplay

Aria International Summer Academy

Meadowmount School of Music

Bobelock Cases

Fiddlerman.com

Fiddlershop

Los Angeles Violin Shop

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Violin-Strings.com

Wangbow Violin Bow Workshop

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine

Subscribe