What Is Sight Singing?
Rhythm, Pitches, WordsWhen you practice sight reading, words are not very important; sing “la la la” if you have to. Pitches, while important, are not as important as the rhythm in sight singing. If you sing the wrong pitches and the right rhythm, you’ll know exactly where you are in the music and be able to catch yourself, even if it sounds bad. If you sing the wrong rhythm, on the other hand, you’re in danger of losing your place in the music and having to stop.
Orient YourselfCheck out the key signature. What key are you in? Is it a major or minor key? How many beats are in each measure? Is there a tempo marking?
ScanQuickly scan the piece to root out surprises. Is it in mixed meter? Are there tempo changes? Any hidden high notes? This is all helpful information.
Get Your NotePlay the opening chords, or at least your first note, on a piano. The more information you and your ears have, the better.
Tap the BeatEstablish the beat for yourself by tapping it on your leg or collarbone. This will help you stay in rhythm when things get crazy.
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