Dear Oboe Player,
Today I want to show you how you can become an expert sightreader in only a few minutes of practice a day.
But before I do, I want to tell you a short story about an oboist I know. Her name is Nancy.
The very first day that Nancy began playing the oboe, she knew that she had found “her thing.” After studying the flute and violin, the sound of the oboe offered such a rich and beautiful sound… Just looking at the vibrant purple velvet that lined the case of her new Loree oboe got her excited about practicing.
She had always wanted to do something different – and being one of the only oboists in school was perfect.
Every day, Nancy would get home from school and spend hours locked away in her room practicing.
First came the longtones, then the scales, then the real music.
Nancy worked harder than most oboists she knew. She spent more time making reeds, more time learning her scales and more time practicing her excerpts.
And by all measures she was a success. Her efforts paid off.
But there was one problem.
Nancy had a secret.
Her stand partner at school didn’t know what it was. Her band director didn’t know it either.
Even her own private oboe teacher had no idea.
And although she could play the Marcello Oboe Concerto flawlessly, the simple act of asking Nancy to play through a brand new piece brought her secret out in the open. Nancy couldn’t sightread – at all.
Her secret came out the day her private oboe teacher put a new piece on her stand and told her to give it a try.
Nancy didn’t even know where to begin. So she just jumped in and hoped for the best.
And the results were dismal.
Her teacher was so surprised that Nancy just sat there and started to cry.
After reading a story like this, you might feel sorry for Nancy. It seems like such a terrible experience for such a bright and talented kid.
And you are right, it was terrible.
There is one important detail about Nancy that I left out.
What I didn’t tell you is that Nancy is not her real name. That’s right. Nancy the oboist doesn’t exist.
The oboist in the story you just read is me, Maryn Leister.
And that very day when I sat crying in my oboe teacher’s home marked the beginning of my work to turn myself into a master sightreader.
And now that I’ve succeeded, I want to help you do the same…
Important Musical Skills to Develop
Before the 20th century, sight-reading wasn’t such a big deal. It wasn’t a skill that had to be worked on quite so much because everyone did it all the time. It was just part of being a musician.
Musicians got together to play in each other’s homes and spent their evenings reading through pieces they probably never heard or saw before.
But as time moved on and the focus started shifting from playing music to studying it, and perfecting it, there was little time left in most players’ practice sessions and lessons to devote to sight reading.
Here is an excerpt from an article titled, “The Lost Arts of Technique and Sight-Reading” by Victoria McArthur, the Program Director of Piano Pedagogy at Florida State University. It gives you just one example of how lopsided things have gotten.
Don’t let the topic of the piano throw you off. The message is just as important for oboe players.
Scene: A piano college entrance audition at a university in Anywhere, U.S.A.
Student approaches the piano and plays a stunning Chopin ballade and dazzling Mozart. The Faculty is rendered speechless.
The student… is presented with a short, unfamiliar piece to sight-read. Without looking over the score, the student launches in and plays a halting, unmusical rendition. The Faculty is rendered speechless, this time for altogether different reasons.
While you might be motivated to work on your sightreading skills simply to avoid embarrassing situations like this one, the real benefit to becoming a master sightreader is really so much bigger.
And although becoming an expert sightreader will help you get more playing jobs, win more auditions, and learn more music in less time, there is an even larger benefit…
The most important benefit to becoming a master sightreader is the boost that it will provide to your confidence. To know that you can sit down and spontaneously make beautiful music, the first time, will give you a feeling of stability and control that will be noticed in every single part of your oboe playing for the rest of your life.
The reason I am so confident that you too can become a master sightreader is that, in some ways, you already are one.
Whenever you sit down to read a book, your mind is busy reading a few words ahead, analyzing the word patterns that are coming next and helping you to understand their meaning even though you might have never seen those exact words in that exact order ever before.
Reading a book is in some ways just like sightreading.
You don’t get nervous when you sit down to read a new book do you?
The trick is simply knowing how to translate some of those skills to music and to identify a few new skills you need to develop as well.
In its simplest form, sightreading is just a matter of training yourself to spot the many clues and hints that will allow you to effortlessly play music you have never seen before.
And I’ve written a short guide to walk you through exactly how to do that. It’s called “Play It Right The First Time – The Oboist’s Guide To Becoming A Master Sightreader In Just 10 Minutes A Day.”
At first, this might seem like a daunting task. To go from a beginning sightreader to a master.
But I’ve broken it down into very simple steps that you can use right away, no matter what your current skill level is or how long you’ve been playing.
Take rhythm as one example.
Here’s a short quote from Dr. Katie Zhukov’s (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) “Good Sight-Readers: Born or Bred?”…
Studies have shown that the overall sight-reading ability is closely linked to the capacity to read rhythms and that the greatest number of errors and improvement occurs in the category of rhythm.
As the quote says, rhythm is probably the most important part of becoming a master sightreader. That’s where my guide begins – by giving you pages of tips and hints to help you master this skill.
Here are some other things you will learn to help take your sightreading skills to a new level:
- How to control your mind to prevent you from panicking the next time you have to sightread.
- Why a metronome can cause more harm than good and how to use one correctly to help you become a better sightreader.
- 10 questions you need to ask yourself after sightreading anything…
- The very first thing you must do when you are about to sightread a piece.
- How sightreading skills will help you the next time you play a church gig.
- Why playing duets is one of the quickest ways to becoming an expert sightreader…
Plus, each copy includes a sightreading practice template for you to use at each practice session and over 30 pages of musical scores for you to practice with…
You can get your own copy for only $17.00. The guide is delivered to your email as an electronic PDF.
I am so confident that my guide will help you improve your sightreading that I am willing to guarantee your results for a whole year.
Use my guide at each of your practice sessions for the next 365 days. If you don’t feel that your sightreading skills have improved by leaps and bounds, then I don’t want your money, and I will buy your copy back from you. No questions asked.
The quicker you get started, the sooner you too will become a master sightreader.
You’ll be able to download your own copy and get started within just a few hours after you order.
I look forward to welcoming you to the club.
P.S. I’ll even include a FREE sheet music copy of Klughardt’s Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra.
To order, all you have to do is call 1-866-220-9811 any time of the day or night, any day of the week.
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