Sightsinging Made Really Easy Author:Brian E. Beck This book is written for and dedicated to the millions of people all over the world who love to sing, people of all ages who sing different styles of music, whether it's rock and roll, pop, barbershop, folk, choral, whatever. I've met hundreds of these people who say they can't read music and think they will never be able to learn. — I believe th... more »at the average singer who thinks he or she knows absolutely nothing about music theory, and therefore sight singing, can learn enough in a period of a couple of days to be able to start sight-singing most of the music that he or she likes to sing, and certainly within a few weeks, be able to signt-sing darn near everything that is on paper.
There are many good books that teach basic music theory, and even some that teach the rudiments of sight-singing. I think that the methods in this book are a little different, and I certainly hope better than the ones I have seen; and that, if you will stick to the simple methods, you will have sight-singing under your belt in a matter of days or a couple of weeks...IF you do it the way I've outlined here.
Most books that I have reviewed get too deep too fast for a lot of people. And then that feeling of frustration sets in, and they think, "Well, I'll just muddle along, and rely on my ear as I always have", and they never progress to become real sight readers. I hope that this simple approach will keep you interested as you learn the very basics, and get you sight-reading in a very short time. As a matter of fact, we're going to USE your musical ear to help you coordinate written music to notes that you hear and then sight-sing!
This book comes with a CASSETTE TAPE. To make the most of this method, you should have an inexpensive cassette player. As we go along in the book, you'll see numbers in brackets like this: [ ]. These numbers will correspond to the numbered cues on the cassette tape which will demonstrate the musical goodies we're talking about at that point. Just cue up the particular number you want to hear, and follow along in the book, and I think you'll be amazed at how easy it really is.
If you consider yourself fairly proficient at sight-singing, I think you will find a lot of tricks developed over thirty years of experience that will make you that much sharper and more confident of your abilities, especially if you are looking to a career as a singer.
Just try to do all the exercises the same way every time, and don't try to do too much too fast. This is like learning the alphabet. We just take one thing at a time, OK? OK, here we go!« less