Sight Reading Method
The Sight Reading Method
is a multimedia, interactive
training software course that teaches you to
read and play written music at first sight.
SRM supports all instruments: guitar, piano, bass, winds, etc.
and runs on Windows and Mac computers.
The course is designed to help you
achieve the following:
- Be able to sigh-read written melodic lines
of average complexity at first sight
(i.e. you can read and play it correctly
the first time you see it)
- Be able to read on both the treble and bass
staff, in all keys.
- Be able to feel the beat of the
music effortlessly, and always easily
know the current position in the
- Develop a strong sense of time,
thanks to the many rhythmic exercises
included in the course
Sight-reading music mainly means doing
two things at the same time:
reading the notes' pitch and reading
the notes' duration or rhythm.
Normally this is a rather difficult skill to master,
and if often takes many years to become a fluent
The Sight Reading Method however
uses a special training strategy where
you first master the reading of
pitch and rhythm separately
and only when you can do both things
well you start to practice everything together.
In other words, the difficult task of mastering
sight reading is split in 3 much easier tasks:
mastering rhythm, mastering notes,
and combining the two.
As a result
you can become a fluent sight reader
in months rather than in years...
For example, in the beginning the program
will give you purely rhythmic exercises like this one:
...and then gradually increase the rhythmic
variety, while still only using two notes:
And so on, with the result that you
will quickly learn to sight-read complex rhythmic
structures at first sight, without having
to worry about reading the pitch
of the notes.
Then, in a successive phase,
you will start to learn to read the notes.
For example, one of the first drills may
look like this:
Then, as you master the material,
the exercises will gradually become more
Finally, once you have achieved
a satisfying level of skill on both
rhythm and notes,
the next phase is to gradually
combine everything together.
For example, the course
will start by combining a few notes with
a few rhythmic elements, and then
gradually increase the difficulty on
In this phase, you will gradually
learn to read everything together,
and become a truly fluent
Theory and Practice
Sight reading doesn't require
much theory. The key is the practice,
and the more effective your practice,
the faster your skills grow.
The Sight Reading Method
is designed to make your training
as effective and enjoyable as possible,
and you can start to experience
from the very first day.
SRM includes two functions
that help you measure your progress
and do only the most useful
exercises at any given time.
The first function is an
automatic evaluation system
that shows your performance
in interactive drills.
For example, when you sight-read
a rhythmic sequence and tap it
on the computer's keyboard,
the program measures your
performance and shows it to you:
The second function allows you
to self-evaluate your own performance
in the various exercises, so that
the program can display your level
of skill in a meaningful.
For example, in the key-based
exercises you use the evaluation
you tell the program how well
you are performing,
and the program displays
your level of skill for
all the keys in one place:
More effective training
The Sight Reading Method contains
many other useful training tools:
- The option to practice in
any key, with or without non-scale
notes, with any combination of
rhythmic and melodic elements.
- A "beat trainer" that helps
you develop the inner sense of the beat,
no matter how complex is the
melody or rhythmic background.
- A rhythmic dictation training
- A melodic recognition training
- A tool for developing the
skill of looking ahead while reading.
- The option to use chords in
the exercises, for a more realistic
- The option to practice sight
reading for specific instruments
(e.g. guitar, bass, mandolin, etc)
and their specific note range.
- The option to use a MIDI
instrument for practice (actually
recommended even for non-keyboard
players, as explained in the course)
- And many more little
features and training details
to customize the training to your
skills and needs of the moment.
If you are interested in developing
your sight reading skills,
go and give the method a serious try.
How to try it out for yourself
Sight Reading Method is included in the
Musician Training Center (MTC) program.
Windows and Mac versions are available.
Install MTC, then click on [Courses] and
double-click on "Sight Reading Method" to start it.
Download Musician Training Center for Windows or Mac OSX
If you have any question, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can buy Sight Reading Method
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