RussellFW wrote:The point about never actually having to truly read at first sight is interesting. Except in an exam, why would one ever need to?
As far as need goes:
As a performer: I have been in the position of receiving parts just two or three minutes before a session recording - at show rehearsals (pit orchestra), parts are often given out there and then - either you can play it or you can go home.
As a teacher: I regularly have students arrive with a new piece that they've come across - they (quite reasonably) expect me to be able play it. I'd consider it shameful and a very
poor show if I had to say, "Just leave it with me until our next appointment."
Different question(s) for non-professionals - why would you not
want the ability to easily and quickly access new music simply for your own pleasure ... or to turn up at a guitar society meeting and be able to join in the fun of playing in ensemble?
VasquezBob wrote:I have found that music sheets come in a variety of "printed formats" ...
This is obviously true - and we have to deal with some atrocious hand written examples on occasion. Mostly though, aspects of type-setting such as right and left hand indications, point sizes etc. are of little consequence.
Except in a few special cases e.g. a campanella passage, I pay little (if any) attention to fingering during sight reading. Who cares about i or m - 1 or 2 if the pitches and rhythms are clear?
As long as one has a sound technique one right hand finger is as good as another; add a good knowledge of the fingerboard, scales, harmonic groupings and we can concentrate on reading the notes, not the numbers.