April 2015 was the start of My Personal Sight-reading Challenge.
- It got me practising regularly.
- There were days I would play for just 5 minutes and then, there were days that I would get involved and stay there for much much longer.
- I also started to do a little bit of section practise in rotation – and I would work on a different section every few days.
I got over-enthusiastic after reading a post by Wendy Stevens, on “The 30 Piece Challenge” and got started on more than one piece at a time. My goals were still fairly small – just to learn the pieces, and record them as soon as I could play them from beginning to end. Click here if you’d like to hear my pieces at 6 months.
Was it worth taking up this challenge?
I had started to hope that I could keep all my pieces going through that year and get them done well enough to meet “The 30 piece Challenge.” I didn’t achieve my goal, but I did brush up my pieces quite a bit more than the initial recording.
I learned more repertoire in that year than before.
It’s now 2 years since and I now play some of these pieces from memory – something I could never do as a student, because memory was my weak area.
So yes, it was worth it for me even though I did not achieve my initial goal.
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