A recent student in class pointed out a different way of approaching key signatures. She was a little hesitant to say anything due to the fact that I was teaching it completely opposite from the way she learned. We discussed her method and learned some really neat new ways to think about it. I'm totally open to whatever works. And I find that the more tools you have in your box, the better. Some of us learned Solfege, some numbers but in the end, if you can sightread the music, then whatever works is awesome.
Be open to different routes to the same destination. Open your ears and try something new. You will then fill your box with amazing tools to assist this sometimes difficult process!
Posted on April 30th, 2016
Look Ahead For Possible “Crash & Burn” places. Take a few minutes before every piece and see what is ahead. It’s like some learn in Boy Scouts, “Always Be Prepared.” Look for possible key changes, tricky intervals, page turns with many notes during the turn, words which may be hard to pronounce or appear as tongue twisters. These are just a few but as long as you know what is coming up, it makes reading much easier. Often times you’ll have more than a few minutes to even practice some of the harder parts and be ready when you get to those parts to sing. – See more at: https://www.lasightsinger.com/member-welcome#sthash.TCr6aKJo.dpuf
Posted on February 29th, 2016
Whatever your habits, these are the things that mold and make who you are as a singer. All the little things we do that we don’t pay attention to like……losing sleep over time, letting your posture start to fall forward, drinking too many cups of coffee…….or just turning on the t.v., when instead 5 minutes of looking over a piece of music would put you a few steps ahead.
I encourage you to just be aware of what steps you are taking daily to move forward in your music. Whether this is being a better sight reader or better singer, daily steps have to be taken to keep the ball rolling. Are you stepping forward or are you falling back?
Take notice of your habits. You may not even be aware that some of those habits are holding you back.
Posted on August 31st, 2015
Every time you look at a piece of music, ask yourself the basic questions out loud. Then answer yourself out loud. There is nothing better than seeing, hearing, speaking and thinking something all at the same time. It becomes part of your memory much faster that way. This will also get you in the habit of a consistent review. So next time your choir has rehearsal for instance, before each new song, quietly to yourself, review the basics: key signature, time signature, starting note number, dynamics, etc……… –