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Sight Reading For Guitar

"Finally! A classical guitar sight reading page with great suggestions that are useable..."

A lot of guitarists worry about learning to sight read. With the guitar,  you just need regular, daily practice. Another thing to consider is not trying to read music that is beyond your technical capabilities. You need to "hasten slowly" as it were.

A good habit to get into is to read the piece "mentally" before actually playing it. Just take a minute or so to familiarize your self with the piece. This will help you notice any "danger" areas before you actually play it and you will find that you actually have more confidence when you play. Also, you should not try to play the piece too fast although it should be as close to a "performance" as possible. You'll find that as you get better your playing will be closer to actual speed more and more until it becomes second nature to you.

It's like anything when you begin - it's hard! Given time and quality practice it'll become easier. Another thing to remember is not to get too fussed about mistakes and keep going back to start again when you sight read. Just play the piece at a slower tempo and "roll with the punches" accepting any mistakes for what they are...that's right! - learning opportunities!

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According to David Braid writing in Play Classical Guitar the Ninth Position of the guitar is important when you sight read... "not only because it completes the fingerboard, but it's also another very commonly used position - finger 4 plays the 12th fret here (the octave point)."

The point being made is you need to know certain positions and points on the guitar as it makes it easier, especially in the higher positions so spend a little time to pre-learn these. Here is a graphic of what he means...

Additionally, you might use these great books by Robert Benedict...

Reading by sight for the Classical Guitar - Levels 1 to 3Look Inside
Sight Reading for the Classical Guitar - Levels 1 to 3 (Daily Material with Emphasis on Interpretation, Phrasing, Form, and More). For classical guitar. Classical Guitar Method or Supplement; Method/Instruction. Standard guitar notation, instructional text, musical examples and introductory text. 43 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.EL02942)
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Reading by sight for the Classical Guitar - Levels 4 to 5Look Inside
Reading by sight for the Classical Guitar - Levels 4 to 5 (Daily Material with Emphasis on Interpretation, Phrasing, Form, and More). For classical guitar. Classical Guitar Method or Supplement; Method/Instruction. Standard guitar notation, instructional text, musical examples and introductory text. 64 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.EL02943)
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