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Thread: Starting to sight read & ear train

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    Lightbulb Starting to sight read & ear train

    hey guys,
    i joined the forum only moments back. I was wondering, is there anybody here that plays guitar, or any instrument for that matter, who is just starting to sight read & ear train?
    well, as for me i started them both a while back but then there was a long gap and all was lost, sigh. . anyway, i'm looking to get back into it. the main problem back then was that i didn't have anybody to share my experience with. i was doing it all by myself. so, after a while i kinda lost the drive. but that was almost a year back. i'm looking to start afresh. and this time i don't intend on holding back. it'd be great if i found a few people on this forum to do it with. for those of you interested, i happen to be using david lucas burge's relative pitch course(highly recommended) & berklee's modern method series (i'm at the start of them both).
    i hope to get some feedback on this, even if some of you are slightly ahead(or way ahead for that matter) .
    thanks in advance,
    bardhan.

    (i wish to be updating this thread as and when i make progress, and hope you guys will too)
    Last edited by bardhan; 09-08-2009 at 09:25 AM.

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    Sounds like you are committed and both of those systems have merit. I'll speak of flash cards for practicing your sight reading. Flash cards cost about $4 a pack and can be taken with you or scattered around in places you normally have a few moments to spare for study. After instant recognition happens then where the note is on your instrument comes next. For this I recommend you move to actual sheet music for this stage. And keep a sheet music book handy so you can read scores in your spare time.

    Ear training, I'm not your best source as I advicate the hunt and peck method until your ears know where the next note is on your instrument as taught on the keyboard, aka PianoMagic.com.

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    hey,

    thanks for the reply Malcolm. actually I've been using flash cards for a week now. it's a great way work on these things.
    and, as for the ear training, well i'm pretty comfortable with my progress. just got done with a marathon 3 hour session. i know i shouldn't be stretching it that far. but, i'm lucky that my ears don't get fatigued. i guess i'll take advantage of that fact for as long as i can.

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