Re: Sight-Reading Development

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Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by mscman45 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:13 pm

Hi everyone!

Before school started up back in August all of us music teachers had a professional development session where different music company representatives presented the various new music products available for school music teachers.
One of our the presenters shared a site called SightReadingFactory.com with us and it is a great website devoted specifically for creating sight-reading exercises.

The people who created the website are a band director and a software designer so they really put a lot of thought into what the software program needs to do. Different keys, time signatures, rhythms, exact pitches (you can specify to just learn all the notes on the first string, second string, or whatever) can all be specified in advance.

I've been using the site every day with my guitar students and it really works.

Highly recommended site A+++++!

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Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by FrankBlack » Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:16 pm

Thank you for this post. This app addresses something I've complained about for a long time...

Any sight-reading applications (and I mean ANY) that does not precisely play-back the offered material to the student is sub-standard.
We all make massive assumptions when it comes to musicianship, but I think those assumptions are magnified when it comes to sight-reading.
We offer material to play, but we also assume the student is proficient enough to bypass confirmation playback. I am not saying it should be mandatory, but it MUST be an option. If someone is a beginner and is trying to hone their sight-reading skills, if they do not receive confirmation that what they've just played is accurate then the application could be reinforcing bad habits and misunderstandings. Sure, if you've played for years and have music down cold, you can just turn off any answers or confirmation. If an application does not offer such an option, I would warn off beginners and those uncomfortable with sight-reading. When a teacher is in the room, the student gets immediate feedback on any shortcomings. This web site sees this obvious need and fills it.

Again, thank you for this link.

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Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by David Gutowski » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:27 am

Thanks so much for the link...I'll check it out...might be just what one of my grandkids needs and will find helpful...he's been a challenge for me but is making steady progress.
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Re: Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by Paul Janssen » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:06 am

It's interesting that you have had success with this website/app. I tried it (free trial only) and I found it too limited. For example, none of the exercises for guitar had anything other than single note phrases (i.e. no double stops or chords). I also found the examples way too random/abstract with little to no musical context. I reiterate that I only tried the free trial version so perhaps the full subscription is better?

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Post by giff06 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:03 am

I found it helpful in generating random reading exercises. I would hope it will incorporate a bass line and chords as I progress.

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Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by portalesman » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:58 pm

I just tried 9/8 time ar a tempo of 130. Whew time for a break.
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Re: Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by DLQ » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:09 pm

Thanks for posting. What a great tool, but echo the sentiment that there should be chords or bass lines or double stops as well. That said, not that I couldn't massively benefit from the available features in terms of sight singing.

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Re: Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by danielainsworthcg » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:53 am

Hope they add more to it in the future, but as a teacher who often has to write or find sight-reading exercises, this will be much easier to recommend as a fretboard-familiarity tool. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by musicbyandy » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:44 pm

Paul Janssen wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:06 am
It's interesting that you have had success with this website/app. I tried it (free trial only) and I found it too limited. For example, none of the exercises for guitar had anything other than single note phrases (i.e. no double stops or chords). I also found the examples way too random/abstract with little to no musical context. I reiterate that I only tried the free trial version so perhaps the full subscription is better?
I would like to use a sight-reading program with the ability to evaluate double stop and chords. For four years I used SmartMusic and I loved that program, however SmartMusic did not have the ability to evaluate double stops or chords. SmartMusic could only evaluate one note of a chord, double stop or divisi at a time.

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Re: Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by franks59 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:28 pm

Paul Janssen wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:06 am
It's interesting that you have had success with this website/app. I tried it (free trial only) and I found it too limited. For example, none of the exercises for guitar had anything other than single note phrases (i.e. no double stops or chords). I also found the examples way too random/abstract with little to no musical context. I reiterate that I only tried the free trial version so perhaps the full subscription is better?
No, the subscription isn't any better.
Last year I asked them about adding other voices and they said they were "working on it".
A year later, still nothing when I asked again, I got no response so I did not renew.

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Re: Re: Sight-Reading Development

Post by micklerd » Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:38 am

I love this site. I have incorporated into my daily technical routine for over a year now. My sight reading abilities have improved markedly. I'm really impressed with the flexibility with which you can customize the exercises. More than enough to keep me busy and challenged until they add multi-voice abilities. And for $30 USD a year?? Seriously, this is a great value for what's offered.

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