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Mar 8 2012, 09:56 PM
Joined: 10-July 07
From: Weston s Mare Somerset
Member No.: 13010
Hi I am having trouble with reading piano music a bar or so ahead. I play a bar, but my eyes do not move quickly enough ahead, so my timing is out. My teacher has tried covering the notes that I have just played to make me look ahead but not successful really yet.
My teacher who is very well qualified says she is 3 bars ahead which seems to me to be impossible!
I am only grade 3/4 but in theory grade 6.
So I am not daft (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/fruitcake.gif)
Mar 9 2012, 07:54 AM
Joined: 15-November 03
From: Hampshire, UK
Member No.: 130
Not everyone can read very far ahead as people have different short term memory capacities. What increased practice can do is to give a musician more ways to 'chunk' the music, as short term memory treats a chunk as one item of information.
So, for example, a beginner might need to remember the notes G, B, D coming up as three separate items, whereas a more experienced player might just need to think 'G major triad'.
It's a bit like athletic prowess: we can all improve, but not all of us can become Paula Radcliffe, however much practice we do.
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