This programs covers 3 different area's : Notes, Intervals & Chords. Having a good knowledge of what you see exactly helps you a great deal in sight-reading sheet music.The more you practice, the more you'll instantly know what you see. It works the same as with reading normal text. You don't read words and sentences anymore by analysing each letter that they consist of, it comes automatically/naturally.
Let's explain the different area's seperately.
Notes Many programs of this type exist on the market, however our experience is that they often only drill you on the C-scale, or even only the Treble Clef. Therefore in our software you can drill yourself on the notes in all major keys. Being able to name notes is not the most important thing in sight reading, as you can read on the homepage, but at any point in (reading) music you should be able to do it. After completing this program there will be NOT ONE note that you can not name!
Intervals This is one of the most important area's to practice. Knowing intervals is indispensable if you ever want to be a good sight reader! Seeing a melody or baseline as (a set of) intervals will first of all increase your eye-span, but it will also increase your reading speed. It is a lot easier and faster to identify a set of intervals than having to identify each note seperately. Be aware that sight reading is not only a visual skill, but it has also a physical aspect; if you can instantly recognize an interval visually, your fingers should also 'know' what that interval feels like. This physical aspect of sight reading will not be taught by this program, we have developed the 'Play it'-series to help you acquire this physical skill. Check out the support section for tips and tricks to improve/increase reading speed.
Chords Chords are constructed by intervals! For example a C major chord will always look the same! Of course depending of the key it can have certain accidentals, but the notes will always have the same distances on the clef! When you know this, it will make it a lot easier to identify chords at sight, without having to 'disect' it note for note. Check out the support section for tips and tricks to improve/increase reading speed.
How it works First you select the area, clef and key that you wish to practice and then on the right side of the musical staff, you can specify which intervals (generic or exact) or chords you want to practice. Just make sure you select at least one! Then press start!
The notes, intervals or chords will start to appear on the right side of the musicall staff and will move to the left. The better you are at naming them, the faster they move. This will keep you highly concentrated and motivated to maintain the current speed.
Info The info button will show you some standard information about usage, version number of the software, etc.
Statistics The program maintains statistics of each note, interval and chord that you play and in which key you are playing them. You will be able to see what areas you need to improve.
Support The support button will take you to program's support section on the keypiano website.
Change Skin If you don't like to appearance of the program, you can change the skin simply be clicking the 'change skin' button. There are several skins available and hopefully at least one that can have your approval.