Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:55 AM
Keep trying new pieces a few grades easier than you're able to play. Only way you're going to be able to improve is with practice. Do what Ellie said and read over the piece first, tap it out with your hands pretending you're playing it. Above all, start slowly and keep at a constant speed. No point trying to sight read at a fast pace and tripping over your fingers. And give yourself a break, you've only been playing 2 months. There are some people in this world who are sight readers, and they find it hard to memorise pieces; there are others who memorise and have trouble sight reading. Then there are those who are good at both, but it comes with practice and training. I fall into the incredible sight reading category, but I'm terrible at memorising pieces. Takes practice, but I'm better at memorising music now, and I know people who train to sight read. The only reason I'm good at sight reading is because when I was younger I never really practiced my pieces and had to pull them out of a hat each week at my lesson. I got good real quick I tell ya. And there was always a constant supply of sheet music at my house because my sister was about 5 grades ahead of me, and I'd just pull music out and play it. Easy or way beyond my ability, I gave it a go. Eventually you start to not see the notes as notes, rather as where they are on the keyboard, if that makes sense to you. It becomes a reflex, you don't have to think about it. The patterns in the music are what you follow. You start on one note, and then follow the intervals more than the notes. I cannot sight read to save my life on the guitar, and that is because I still read the notes as notes.