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    Yes, it is. I can read music better then books. And I am self trained.

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    A different take on your question - i started violin lessons at primary school when I was 8, and at 10 was good enough to play 2 solos at the end of term concert. I never learnt to sight read! I knew which note on the stave meant first finger on the ‘d’ string and so on but I didn’t know the names of the notes.
    I presume I would have had to learn if I wanted to progress further, but nearly 2 years is a pretty good grounding, so it’s possible you could pick it up on your own.

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    This is numero uno for me .My very first post and I hope you can all read the Latin phrase . I had remembered just recently my earliest music lessons at school about 65 years ago . I was ten and up till then had never played an instrument. The teacher had tested the class to get them to sing random notes on the piano .If you sang them in tune you were in the choir. I had never read any music and we were supplied with Gregorian Chant booklets to start the lesson . The piano gave us one starting note and internally I had to "count up " and imagine the notes I would sing. Strangely the teacher did not tell us how to do that . He just expected us to sing in tune. The "choir" did not talk about how to work it out . It was sink or swim on your own .
    I told a little white lie when I said I had never played an instrument. My harmonica probably taught me a "proper scale " .That would not have been in ET .
    There was something instilled automatically because I picked up a harmonica about 20 years ago and had not played one for about 30 years ,and played the Star Spangled Banner note perfect .I had not played that in my life before . I did not know the tune when I was a kid . Many years of vioin playing from ten years onwards blurred that little memory from a long time ago .
    Learning sight reading with very few lessons can run into bad habits like copying another vioin player`s finger movements in a school orchestra . Similar to the way guitar players get by . The violin can be a very distracting instrument . The first stages have a long list of confusing elements to gather into some order. On a piano --sit down ,remember to face the right way and you are off and running .Key signatures were badly taught or not taught at all . A large C for common time was my first wrong version af the key of C.Well what did they expect. I was clutching at straws .

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    Its really helpful

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    Recommend a new sight-reading training mobile app - WhichKey
    Go to the website and find out more: https://whichkey.app

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    yes, its possible to learn sight-reading by yourself. You just need to follow some steps:
    1. Prepare yourself to totally concentrate, and set a timer so that you won’t be distracted by anything
    2. Read bigger chunks of music
    3. Recognizing rhythms and patterns
    4. The last step is learn from your mistakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by LezLee View Post
    A different take on your question - i started violin lessons at primary school when I was 8, and at 10 was good enough to play 2 solos at the end of term concert. I never learnt to sight read! I knew which note on the stave meant first finger on the ‘d’ string and so on but I didn’t know the names of the notes.
    I presume I would have had to learn if I wanted to progress further, but nearly 2 years is a pretty good grounding, so it’s possible you could pick it up on your own.
    I have a friend he is an outsider from Great Britain we go to the same school. My teachers were shocked he could not read any music when he moved here. If he hears the music one time maybe two he can repeat almost perfect if not perfect on the piano. He impressed the teachers and he can now read music but not like me yet.

    I imagine you have maybe the same type of brain yes?

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    Anything that one person can do can be learned without help. The teacher does not do your mental work for you. A good fundamental education is just the doorway to a lifetime of mental development. Of course self-reliance might not lead to "greatness" but that's not usually my objective.

    Many people will disagree with me. A "book-loving" neighbor wants to learn web design so I offered her some books on HTML and JavaScript. For free! She declined because she only wants to learn through an online course.

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