- Mar 2, 2021
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- Oakville Ontario Canada
Good luck, I think it will be good and you will like it, Jerry. I find it very difficult, hence the challenge. Is it possible to learn to sight read at speed when you are old? I don't know, but I hope we find out. I'm not recording it, not necessary for the challenge. Yesterday I worked through one of the Christmas song books. Today I think I'll look at that southern Italian mandolin book that Jeremy has.
Hi Tom, How do you mean sight reading at speed? If I know how a song sounds then it's relatively easy to sight read at speed. It also depends on the musical genre of the song as well as the specific notation style and font because my vision isn't as good as it was many years ago.
For songs that are entirely new to me it's impossible for me to sight read at speed. I have been purchasing a lot of music in order to update and expand my repertoire so I come across different challenges there. One thing that speeds up the process is to use a music streaming service such as YouTube to get a feeling for the piece. Perhaps it's cheating a little but it saves me time.