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Why Practice Sight Reading?

Sight reading is the ability to see a new piece of music and play it correctly on the first time. The most important reason to practice sight reading is to music quicker. If you can play the piece rhythmically and meolidically correct on the first time, you can spend more time on the details of the music, such as dynamics and emotion.

After practice sight reading, you will be able to show up to an ensemble's rehearsal and already know your part. You will be better able to understand how your part interacts with the other instruments in the group.

Sight reading is usually the intimidating part of an audition for musicians. By practicing ahead of time, you will be ready for your audition and have a better chance to get the part!

By sight reading, and learning pieces quicker, you will become a better musician!

Levels:

Below are the standard levels, but you can also create your own custom levels. 5/8 and 7/8 levels use the duple and triple rhythms below.

Level 1 includes the following rhythms:

Duple Level 1:

  • Whole Note
  • Half Note
  • Half Rest
  • Quarter Note
  • Quarter Rest

Triple Level 1:

  • Dotted Half Note
  • Three Eighth Notes
  • Dotted Quarter Note
  • Eighth Note + Quarter Note
  • Quarter Note + Eighth Note
  • Dotted Quarter Rest

Level 2 includes everything from Level 1, plus:

Duple Level 2:

  • Two Eighth Notes
  • Eighth Note + Eighth Rest
  • Eighth Note + Eighth Rest

Triple Level 2:

  • Eighth Rest + Two Eighth Notes
  • Eighth Note + Eighth Rest + Eighth Note
  • Eighth Rest + Eighth Note + Eighth Note
  • Quarter Rest + Eighth Note
  • Eighth Rest + Quarter Note
  • Two Eighth Notes + Eighth Rest

Level 3 includes everything from Level 2, and Level 1, plus:

Duple Level 3:

  •  Eighth Rest + Eighth Note
  • Four Sixteenth Notes
  • Two Sixteenth Notes + Eighth Rest
  • Eighth Rest + Two Sixteenth Notes
  • Dotted Quarter Note + Two Sixteenth Notes

Triple Level 3:

  • Six Sixteenth Notes
  • Two Sixteenth Notes + Two Eighth Notes
  • Eighth Note + Two Sixteenth Notes + Eighth Note
  • Two Eighth Notes + Two Sixteenth Notes

Level 4 includes everything from Level 3, Level 2, and Level 1, plus:

Duple Level 4:

  • Eighth Note + Two Sixteenth Notes
  • Two Sixteenth Notes + Eighth Note
  • Three Triplets
  • Eighth Note + Tied Eighth Note and Quarter Note

Triple Level 4:

  • Dotted Eighth Note + Sixteenth Note + Eighth Note
  • Eighth Note + Sixteenth Note + Dotted Eighth Note
  • Sixteenth Note + Dotted Eighth Note + Eighth Note
  • Eighth Note + Dotted Eighth Note + Sixteenth Note

Level 5 includes everything from Level 4, Level 3, Level 2, and Level 1, plus:

Duple Level 5:

  • Three Sixteenth Notes + Sixteenth Rest
  • Sixteenth Rest + Three Sixteenth Notes
  • Triplets: Eighth + Quarter
  • Triplets: Quarter + Eighth
  • Sixteenth Note + Dotted Eighth
  • Dotted Eighth + Sixteenth Note
  • Sixteenth Note +  Eighth Note + Sixteenth Note
  • Sixteenth Note + Sixteenth Rest + Eighth Rest
  • Eighth Rest + Sixteenth Rest + Sixteenth Note
  • Eighth Rest + Sixteenth Note + Sixteenth Rest
  • Sixteenth Rest + Sixteenth Note + Eighth Rest

Custom Levels

With Deluxe, you can create your own levels to practice specific rhythms that are more difficult!

See all Deluxe Features!

Minimum Requirements:

PracticeSightReading.com works in all modern browsers.

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For non modern browsers, Quicktime or Windows Media player must also be turned on for playback. Modern browsers may use the HTML5 playback audio feature. See Audio FAQ below.

Audio:

The Audio won't play

PracticeSightReading.com creates MP3 and OGG files to generate the sounds files that accompany the notes. Depending on your browser, it will play one of the two files. If the audio does not work on your device, try changing the audio player in the playback settings. On older browsers, you may have to use Quicktime or Windows Media Player.

When I play along with the computer the note pitches are incorrect

This is probably due to a transposing error. The MIDIs that are created are in the key of C, so instruments such as flute and piano can play without needing the audio transposed. Clarinets, saxophones, trumpets and many other instruments do not play in the key of C and need the audio transposed. This can be changed in the playback settings. (You must be logged into your deluxe account).

Is the audio player different in the Deluxe version?

No, the audio player is the same for both the basic and the deluxe versions.

Infinite Loop Error

Infinite Loop Error usually happens in custom mode when there aren't the correct notes selected. For example, if you are in 2/4 time and only have whole notes selected. This pattern is impossible and as a result the Infinite Loop Error is triggered. To fix this error, choose different notes in the custom level section.

If you believe this is a mistake, please report the error on the creation page.