1. Introduction to Sight Singing (Vocal Music Reading)

Levels of Sight Singing Skill

 

FOLLOWERS

Most singers are not independent sight singers. They learn their part by following other singers or instruments until they sort of memorize the music.  But they can develop into an independent sight singer


WISE GUESSERS

Being approximately accurate is good enough for most people but if it’s not for you, I think we can help you to develop further.  Simply observing that the notes go up or down or stay the same is what wise guessers rely on.  Then they sort of harmonize with others or any instruments that may be playing, to achieve the required accuracy.  With experience, they distinguish between wide jumps and smaller jumps and become more accurate.  Frequently wise guessers have had instrumental background so they know the “Notational System” and, depending on their experience, can guess quite accurately.  


ABSOLUTE PITCH or ALMOST ABSOLUTE PITCH

If a person has learned an instrument quite early in life and worked at it very seriously, a small number may even develop a memory of the sound of their instrument and develop what we call “Absolute Pitch”.  They learn the sound of each letter name such as “F#” or “C” and produce the pitches accurately from memory.  Research tells us that only about 1 in 10,000 people have “absolute pitch” so the rest of us need to develop skills in at least one of the other Systems.


SIGHT  SINGERS

It’s nice not to have to depend on others to reproduce the sound of the notation.  So if you would like to move up to a more accurate level you will need to develop a solid approach.  The development of sight singing accuracy is a gradual process but a satisfying one as you develop your independence.  But it will take serious effort.  Contrary to popular belief that “you either have it or you don’t”, I believe everyone can become a strong sight singer if they chooseTo be successful only requires a solid approach and persistence.


As we said on the previous page, to be able to accurately sing at sight requires a System to “bridge” you from the Notation on the Page to the Sound you sing.   The 3 Systems are 1) Letter Names or Absolute Pitch, 2) Intervals & 3) Scale Degrees of either Numbers or Syllables.  If you want more Info. on these 3 Systems Click Here.


We have developed Two Tracks for developing your Sight singing Skills:


1. A TRACK for BEGINNERS

  1. If you feel you are a “Follower” or less, Click Here.


  2. 2.A TRACK for IMPROVING the SKILLS YOU ALREADY KNOW

  3. If you consider yourself to be a “Wise Guesser”,


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