Grade 1 is the first organ sight reading level in SightReadingMastery. Exercises in grade 1 are very approachable because they are single manual, the hands remain in a five-finger position and always play separately.
While grade 1 exercises are perfect for beginning organ sight readers, they may be challenging for organists with no previous music reading experience. You're expected to already be familiar with the treble and bass clef, several time signatures, key signatures and other music reading fundamentals at this grade level.
Tips for Grade 1 Organ Sight Reading
- Get situated with your organ where you can comfortably see the exercise (an iPad or tablet is especially convenient for this, as you can set it right on your music stand; print this page if needed)
- Take 30 seconds to look over the exercise before you attempt to sight read it
- Once you've started, keep going no matter what – learning not to stop even when you make a mistake is one of the most important skills in organ sight reading
- When you're finished playing, press the "Listen" button to hear a correct performance of the exercise; take a moment to reflect on how you did