Before you begin to play a piece at sight, always remember to consider the following:
- Look at the time-signature, and decide how you will count the piece.
- Look at the key-signature, and find the notes which need raising or lowering.
- Notice any accidentals that may occur.
- Notice scale or arpeggio patterns.
- Work out leger-line notes if necessary.
- Notice dynamic levels and other markings.
- Look at the tempo mark and decide what speed to play.
- Count one bar before you begin, to establish the speed.
When performing your sight-reading piece, always remember to:
- Continue to count throughout the piece.
- Keep going at a steady and even tempo.
- Ignore mistakes.
- Keep ahead- at least to the next note.
- Keep your hands in position on the keyboard during rests.
- Play musically.