Improving your sight-reading: piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

Video blog number 20 focuses on sight-reading. In it, I suggest a few basic tips about how to start practising this important element of piano playing right from the very beginning.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Can't Play Won't Play says:

    Sight reading, the pain in the posterior of pains in posteriors. Not everybody can master it, I’m testimony to the fact.

    1. You are right, it’s not easy to sight-read.

  2. Can't Play, Won't Play says:

    Perhaps I should now call myself Can’t Play, Wish I Could Play! This morning I tried to play some of my favourite Christmas carols as I really love Christmas music. However it sounded pretty dire and more like an insult to Christmas than a celebration of it, the reason being that I just cannot read those blooming dots and squiggles. But at least I’m playing the piano again, the Art Tatum and Earl Hines CDs I’ve got out the library are a help for those who just want to play and not worry about sight reading dyslexia.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments 🙂

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