Great tool for practicing sight-reading

[Edit from Leon: I’ve found an even better tool for sight reading. Check it out here.]

When learning to read music you will need materials for practicing. One of the hardest things about learning to sight read is having enough materials so that every example is fresh and truely being read at sight.

This new tool at PracticeSightReading.com is the answer to this problem. With this tool you can select a meter, a length of example and a difficulty level. The site will then generate a new example for you to read as well as provide an example of what it will sound like so you can check your accuracy.

I think this is a great tool and I will be using it for material in my new upcoming book due out on May 28th. It’s still in production so if you have any thought about materials please let me know what you think with this quick survey.

Until next time, keep up the smart practice,

Leon Harrell

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  • Les

    In regards to the Treble-Clef and the Bass Clef Reading exercise worksheet: There is no mention in the instructions in regards to the hand placement. As a beginner I am only familar with the middle C hand position and the G position (for R hand G above middle C). Confused as to hand position to use and proper shifting of fingers to perform the exercise(s). Can you explain?

    Thank You,
    Les

    • leonharrell

      Hi Les,

      That’s a great question. The question you asked is something that applies to very beginning piano instruction. Hand position is really a concept designed to teach the concept of finger efficiency and conservation of motion when playing a musical instrument.

      The idea is that when you play an instrument, regardless of what instrument it is, you always what to move the arms, hands and fingers as little as possible. This will mean you conserve energy and prevent muscle fatigue and potential muscle damage due to extended practicing times with poor energy conservation.

      To answer your question about hand placement and fingering: When looking at a passage for piano look at the beginning note, then see if the notes afterward tend to go up or down. If they go up begin with the right hand thumb in the treble, or the left hand pinky in the bass. If the notes tend to go down, then start with right hand pinky in treble, or left hand thumb in bass.

      Beyond these two basic ideas hand position is all about putting your hand in a location on the keyboard that will require the least amount of movement of your whole arm. Thus you are trying to place the hand in the middle of the general area you are playing in.

      There is more to know but for now stick with these basic guidelines.

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions,

      Leon Harrell

  • Graham Jamanda

    As a beginner where do i start pliz can you give me the first step second and third.i can play the piano but i want to learn how to read music on the stave.

    • leonharrell

      Hi Graham,

      Step One. Watch all my videos, in order, on my free lesson page. This will teach you the basics of music notes and rhythms

      Step Two. Subscribe to my newsletter for free and read through my free book “How to Read Music”.

      Step Three. Email me with any questions you have at oneminutemusiclesson@gmail.com

      Step Four. Get a copy of my book “How to Read Music Easily in 30 Days” and do the 30 day program. You will learn to read music step by step with small achievable goal that teach the concepts in a way you can learn them quickly while also teaching you why music notation works the may it does.

      Hope that helps,

      Leon Harrell

  • Joseph Day

    hello leon…im very confused…..how am i gonna learn music if i dont have a printer for anything….and couldnt find any children music…its like confusion on day 1.. extra day 1 exercises……….im still learning rhythm…and writing down extra exercises…what i have is a notebook..thats about it….i want to take this challenge when i bought the book..but looks like this challenge will be 60 days max…the way im heading…any tips..thanks joe

  • Joseph Day

    looks like im not gonna take the challenge..all because i dont have a printer????……i want to read music..is it that difficult to learn how to read music…i thought i found the rigt place to learn…because i been searching all over or the right deal…and i have to learn one way or the other..