Post by mkr237
I am having the same problem actually... I find it so hard to
concentrate in the music.. the notes just look like a blur although
there is nothing wrong with my eyesite!
I was hoping there would be some decent software around for helping
with this but until now I have not found anything. I have used one
product called "musical space invaders" which is handy for note
recognition. It uses MIDI to verify that you have hit the right key.
However, it only brings up single note at a time (on Windows at least)
which is of limited value.
What I am looking for is something that brings up chords and phrases of
increasing difficulty... eventually building up bigger and bigger
structures until your recognition becomes second nature... sure you
could say people managed without this kind of thing in the past but we
have computers now and if they can be used to help develop sight
reading skills in any way then great.
I don't know if anyone knows of anything like this.... I am a software
engineer and I'm quite tempted to write something myself but I don't
want to re-invent the wheel.
Don't bother, you need to practice on real music.
As others have suggested, just get a lot of music, and practice reading it.
I originally learned to sight-read because I would get bored with the piece I
was supposed to practice and would end up looking through all the other pieces
in the compilation. It came to a point where I would spend most of my time
doing that instead of the practicing I was supposed to. I would suggest
collecting a lot of sheet music that is representative of the stuff you want
to be able to read and just read through different bits every day. It doesn't
matter if you skip over sections you cannot read very well as long as you keep
Avoid reading music with a lot of hand-written notations other than some
fingerings, since they will only distract you. (For instance, I have found
that circling notes that you play wrong just makes it more likely for you to
continue to play them wrong.)
Another point: sight-reading is not a generic skill. Someone who spends all
his time reading Bach is probably not necessarily going to be able to easily
read Brahms because the patterns in the music are different.