Advanced Sight-Reading Curriculum - Part 2

Simplification Techniques (9)


The best sight-readers are not the ones who play all the notes accurately, but those who know which notes to leave out in order to play in time. Particularly when we accompany others, the first requirement is to play up to tempo without stuttering or stopping. Except in very simple pieces, this requirement will inevitably force us to leave things out, alter, and simplify the score in various ways. But this is not something we can just do when the occasion demands it; it is a skill that must be practised before we are able to call upon it in...

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