As sight reading is one of the main weaknesses that many Singaporean students face for their piano ABRSM examinations, here are some tips to help you overcome the common obstacles! I recommend that you also take private home piano lessons from a private music teacher from Sglearnpiano, one of the top agencies in Singapore. Getting a good teacher is 50% of success.
Firstly, rhythm is the number one most important thing and the grading factor which takes up the largest percentage. This is why you must always put priority of getting the rhythm right when it comes to piano sight-reading more than anything else. Even if you hit a wrong key, you want to continue. Do not repeat the key and attempt to correct it, or you would have messed up the rhythm of the song. Even professional pianists play the wrong notes once in a long while, but it is very difficult to catch these wrong notes because they never go back to repeat that phrase. Can you imagine how comical that situation will be in a piano recital performance? That is the reason why you have to stick to the right rhythm when it comes to the piano ABRSM sight reading examinations.
Secondly, you are always given the opportunity to practice for approximately 30 seconds before the actual piano sight reading exam segment starts. Always take this opportunity to play out the entire song unless it’s exceptionally long. In the event it is exceptionally long and you definitely do not have time to go through it once, then make sure to check out the first few keys so that you start off strong, and then go through the ‘difficult’ parts of the song. Figure those out, and you will be confident.
Thirdly, when you start playing the piece, always look slightly ahead. Look at least several notes ahead. When you look ahead, you are always prepared to play the right few notes and getting the rhythm right still. However, if you do not look forward, you will end up getting surprised sometimes, and that is bad. This is one of the simplest but most effective tips when it comes to scoring better for the piano ABRSM examinations.