Sight reading is one of the toughest parts of the piano ABRSM examinations, especially for local Singaporean students. This is because many Singaporean students are ‘perfectionists’. This causes many local, Singaporean students to hesitate, worry, or repeat over and over again when it comes to piano sight reading. However, that is exactly what will cause students to fail the sight reading examination!
That’s right. Throw out every ‘perfectionist’ nonsense that the Singapore schools are teaching you if you want to actually be a piano master at sight reading. Although you should try to hit the right notes, the main thing you should be a perfectionist about when it comes to piano sight reading is the rhythm and flow of the entire piece. (If you have stumbled upon the wrong post and actually just want a good private home piano teacher in Singapore, then contact https://twitter.com/sglearnpiano/ instead.) Otherwise, read on.
First and foremost, always keep going. This is so important when it comes to sight reading. This is literally the golden rule. Stopping and restarting whenever you hit a wrong note is a terrible mistake, and especially common among local students in Singapore. Make sure to keep going forward, and if you find this difficult, read tip number two below.
Second of all, you must always read slightly ahead of whatever you are playing right now. This is so that you are always prepared for the next few notes that you will need to play. Otherwise, you will start panicking at the last minute if you do not look slightly ahead in terms of the piano score.
Third of all, be fast when it comes to reading the notes. In fact, although it is ideal to always hit the right notes, it is not recommended at all to mess up the entire rhythm of the sight reading piano piece just to get one or two notes perfect. The overall rhythm and flow of the piano playing is far more important if you want to score well in the sight reading segment of the Singapore ABRSM piano examinations. Do not take long when it comes to reading and analyzing the notes. Just play it, and if it’s slightly wrong, keep on going forward. Awkward, unnecessary pauses will mess up the rhythm of the entire sight reading piano piece, and will deduct more marks off your paper than playing the wrong notes ever will.
If you want more tips, then make sure to check out the video I have embedded as follows.