Sight-reading is essential for musicians to be well-rounded and capable sight-readers. Sight-reading builds confidence, strengthens a foundation in rhythm and pitch, and improves accuracy by allowing musicians to hear the music before playing or singing a note. It is also fun and challenging, as it allows musicians to explore new music without monotony.
Strong sight-readers may find additional opportunities to assist other musicians, such as accompanying soloists and choirs or playing individual parts for rehearsal. Additionally, sight-readers find learning new music less stressful, creating more enjoyment and connection with their instrument. To improve sight-reading, practice regularly and always read ahead. If you make a mistake, just keep going!
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