Playing Piano by Jeffie Betz

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A very good skill when sight reading is recovering from mistakes. You will make them. Don't let them fluster you; just keep playing. It is almost guaranteed that if • • • • • the listener isn't familiar with the music, and you don't give it away, they'll never know. One of the hardest parts of sight reading music is getting the rhythm correct. " Of course the numbers that you count depends on the piece. It helps to accompany a singer or other instrument while sight reading. This forces you to stay honest.

O The Soundboard: A wooden board at the back of the instrument which translates the vibrations of the strings into the "tone" of the piano. The soundboard is one of the vital parts of the piano. A cracked soundboard can make a piano sound unappealing. o Plate: An irregularly-shaped piece of cast iron bolted to the back of the frame. It holds one end of the piano strings, and anchors most of the twenty tons of pull exerted by the taut strings. o Treble and bass bridges: Another of the piano's vital organs.

6. To reward your hard work, pull out the songbook. Find a song you like and play the melody line in the right hand with the appropriate chords in the left, as you're reading them from the chord symbols. You are now playing a song without reading music (in the traditional way, aka Fakebook style). Congratulations! 7. Even though it probably sounds horrible, practice for long enough and you'll sound more and more like what's written there without you even knowing it. You can always go back to the sheet music to see how they're voicing the chords in clever ways that you're not.

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