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

My video blog today (No 20) focuses on sight-reading. Here I suggest a few basic tips about how to start practising this important element of piano playing right from the very beginning.

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For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions 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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