Sight Reading Music Vs. Reading Music

I’m writing this article because of a debate that recently occurred in a piano forum I participate in. The argument was on the proper use of the words when describing reading music, specifically the term “sight reading”. If you are sight reading a piece of music, is it the very first time you are playing it or have you played it before, and therefore are only reading music and no longer sight reading it? Some in the forum felt that the use of the term “sight reading” didn’t accurately describe the process I was talking about at the time. I hadn’t realized there were such strong thoughts around the way we describe playing sheet music, but I learned quickly that there are more than a few people with varying opinions on the use of words. I’ll share both sides of the argument and offer up my own thoughts on the subject.

Many in the music community view the term “sight reading” to mean “reading music on first sight”. This may be your definition as well, and is often the end goal for anyone trying to read music. Many sites and forums are dedicated to the ability to play music at first sight, a skill that is very difficult to master, and can be frustrating, especially for the beginner piano student. Most piano players need to play through a piece of music numerous times before being able to play it straight through. So this definition would lead many to believe that sight reading is an impossible task for the beginner. I personally don’t like this limited view and therefore I tend to agree with the more general definition.

The other side of the argument is more where I stand. The term “sight reading” to me simply means “playing music by what you see” as opposed to playing by ear or by rote (mimicking another player, like on YouTube). I don’t make a determination as to whether it is the first reading or the hundredth. In fact, I would define one’s sight reading ability not only by the difficulty of the pieces they can play, but also by how many times it takes them to play it before the mistakes are minimal. Even for a seasoned pro, every additional time reading through a piece of music usually results in more accuracy. If you could be able to play a piece of music by spending 5-10 minutes with it, playing it through a few times and then able to play it flawlessly, wouldn’t that be an accomplishment of your ability to read music by sight? There are advanced techniques to improve the skills to minimize mistakes on first read, but I don’t want to diminish someone’s skill level just because it takes them a few more times playing through to really get it.

One more point on my side of the argument. As someone who has been called on to read music at first glance often (for example, playing for musical theater auditions) I can honestly say that I rarely, if ever, play the music without reading through it first. I read through the piece I’m about to play, looking for difficult sections, analyzing the various notes and patterns. So I could argue that my first time playing the music is actually my SECOND time reading through it. So would that mean that by definition I’m simply reading the music now and not actually sight reading it? I wouldn’t make that distinction. It would be like reading through a speech before giving it. Even if you are reading off your cards and giving that speech for the first time, it’s not technically the first read-through.

That is how I define sight reading, in the broader definition. I understand how some put a stricter meaning to the word, but in the end, aren’t we all trying to learn and do the same thing? We want to be able to look at a piece of music and play it with as little mistakes as possible, whether it’s the first time through, or the millionth.

How Do I Get Music to Play on My MySpace Page?

MySpace is a social networking site which lets you connect with your friends and loved ones. It is a perfect tool for people to stay connected with old friends and relatives.

Here’s how you can add music to your MySpace page.

How do get music to play on my MySpace page through MySpace Music:

It is very easy to add music to your MySpace profile using their inbuilt music application “MySpace Music”. First, login to your MySpace account using your username and password. Then search for the Music button which is normally located at the top of the MySpace profile somewhere around Videos and Classifieds. By clicking on the Music button you will be redirected to their MySpace music section.

Herein you will find songs arranged by their singers, groups, genres, or even geographical location. Here you can listen to all the listed songs, rate them if you like them or even check out their lyrics. After you have selected a song click on the Add button placed next to it. You will be asked to confirm your decision after which you will be able to listen to that song every time you visit your profile.
How do get music to play on my MySpace page through Hard disk:

Many people complain that they don’t want to add music to their MySpace page through MySpace music as it doesn’t have all the songs. These days’ people like to carry their music with them and you will find almost all the people carrying their favorite music onto their hard drives. But the problem with MySpace is that you cannot add music onto it from your hard drives. Whatever music you want to add must be present on the internet. Therefore, before you can add any songs to your MySpace page you must first upload it somewhere on the internet.

Now obviously not all have their personal websites to post stuff like songs, videos etc. therefore, it is advisable to use a free file hosting site. These days one can easily find such websites over the internet. Upload your favorite songs on the hosting website. Then you will receive a URL which carries the location of your song on the internet. You can use this URL to quickly access your song anytime anywhere. Then login to your MySpace account and click on the “I’d like to meet” tab and enter the URL. Next time when you login you will hear the song you have selected.

History of House Music

House music is an electronic dance music style that originated in the early 1980s in Chicago, Illinois. It was originally made popular during this period in many discotheques that catered to various communities, including Latino American, African-American, and gay. House music eventually spread into Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. It hit Europe before going main stream around the globe in the 1990s.

House music is strongly influenced by funk and soul-infused types of disco. This music genre tends to mimic the percussion found in disco music, but also showcases other prominent features, including electronic drums, pop and funk samples, synthesizer bass-line, electronic effects, and re-verb enhanced vocals.

There are many different stories behind how the musical genre got the name “house.” One story is that the title “house music” originated from The Warehouse, a Chicago-based nightclub running from 1977 to 1982 and was often visited by gay Latino and black men. The DJ of The Warehouse, Frankie Knuckles, said in a documentary that the name “house music” originated after he and some friends passed a sign that said “we play house music” and his friends joked that this was the type of music Knuckles played. A 1985 recording by Chip E. called “It’s House” may have also assisted in creating the name for the new music genre. However, Chip E. states that the name came from music bins at a record store that had music played by Knuckles and was marked “As Heard at the Warehouse,” which was eventually shortened to “House.”

Today, house music is celebrated. In Chicago, where it began, August 10, starting in 2005, was said to be “House Unity Day” to mark the anniversary of house music. There are also a number of fusion genres available today including tech house and electro house. House music is celebrated every year at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada.

Music To Play At Your Wedding Reception

The dance music is probably the most enjoyable aspect of your wedding reception. When it comes to choosing the dance music for your wedding day, you will have to decide whether you want the services of a band or a DJ.

If you are having a church wedding, then you could sit down with your minister to decide on the kind of music you want for the three main components of the wedding ceremony: the recessional, prelude, processional and signing of the register.

When it comes to choosing the music for your wedding, it’s always best to make the choice based on the type of guests that will be going to the wedding. One option that you could go with would be to have a mix of party songs and romantic melodies.

It’s traditional for the bride and grooms to take to the dance floor for the waltz. Then the groom is expected to dance with the mother-in-law and then his own mother. The bride on the other hand dances with the father-in-law and then her own father. The best man is expected to dance with the chief bridesmaid. The other bridesmaids at the wedding would typically join hands with all the ushers. The guests are later to follow.

You could opt for a band that will play the more favoured music, which could be alternated with a disc jockey that would play all the dance songs. The live bands responsibility could be to play all the slow songs and the setting of the mood for all the faster paced tracks by the DJ. DJs are typically cheaper to hire than bands.