2011 March 29
by roma

Yesterday, I met with Brenda, who I had met last week at an open mic. We chatted about music and life at her house and sightread many exciting pieces. She had lots of Brazilian sheet music (choro), as well as music from the Balkans (with odd time signatures). This was a tremendously productive sightreading session.

Two major observations:

1. I cannot sightread with free stroke. I don't know why yet - perhaps I'm not confident enough in knowing my right hand position.

2. I was under the impression that I need to focus on developing sightreading chops in different positions. Most of the pieces in yesterday's session, however, could easily be played in open and 1-2nd positions without sacrificing anything. And yet I couldn't do even that too well. Need to narrow focus.

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