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Thread: Sighting reading rhythms?

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    Sighting reading rhythms?

    Hey everyone!

    I need to get much better at sight reading rhythms and I guess sight reading in general!

    For now I've just been flipping through the real book and just trying to sight read random songs I open too...

    My problem is that I'm SOOOOO slow And when I mess up I have to stop and re do it but that pretty much defeats the purpose of sight reading

    The rhythms especially mess me up

    How can I get better? I know practicing

    BUT I need techniques, strategies and just ways in general to get better!!!

    Thanks!

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    IMHO - we have to see it. Identify what that is. Then find it on our instrument.

    Step one is knowing what note it is when we see it.
    Step two is finding that note on our instrument.
    Step three is doing this enough to where we can make music happen.

    First step can happen with out our instruments, but sooner or later we have to get the instrument involved.

    Identifying the note quickly can happen by picking up sheet music and reading what is on the page. Good first step and having some sheet music laying around so you can pick it up is a good idea. During the TV commercials for example.

    But that is just step one.

    All kind of things we can do to get faster. Recognize chord shapes on the clef, as being major or minor, just looking at the lowest note on the bass clef and paying attention to the 1st and 3rd beat. I'll leave hints on the treble cleft to those that use it. I'm looking for bass clef notes or chord names.
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    No I can read the music perfectly in regards to the notes, I also can find them all over the instrument It's just getting the timing down for the rhythm

    Basically I need to get much better at counting I'd say, Any ideas?

    Its really not about reading the notes, more the rhythms. I know all the values and what each note is held for it's just counting them in time where I struggle!!

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    I rely upon singing the song under my breath.

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    Yeah that's what I usually do when I've heard the song! But like if I get handed a song I've never heard I'm really at a loss...

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