Sight-Reading and Fingerings
Look at the staff in the image for this section. There are now two different notes shown. In each measure, middle C is shown twice then “F” is shown twice. Please play the mp3 audio file under the image.
Place the thumb of your right hand on middle C of your keyboard. Now, place the ring finger, of your right hand on the F note above middle C. Play middle C twice with your thumb and then play “F” twice with your ring finger. Alternate back and forth from middle C to “F” as shown on the staff. As you listen to the mp3 file, you’ll notice that it is playing the same two notes that you are.
Match what you are playing, to what is being played by the mp3 file (two C’s and then two F’s repeated over and over). Practice this for 3 minutes. As before, let your eyes move from note to note on the staff. Repeat as needed. If you need more than 3 minutes, that’s okay. Take all the time that you need. You should continue playing along with the mp3 file, and reading the notes on the staff, until it feels very natural to do this.
You are learning the basic Sight-Reading skill that you will need to master in order to play written music. Make sure that you are playing the same notes (two F’s and two C’s) as the mp3 file and at the same time. You can use your ears and listen to decide if you are playing in the same place as the mp3 file. Play together as long as you need to in order to feel a “togetherness” with the mp3 file.
“Become one with the music (the mp3 file) . . .”