Grade 1 is the first violin level in SightReadingMastery. It includes four-bar piece in 3/4 or 4/4, as well as six-bar pieces in A or D majors. You will only be asked to sight read in first position, and without use of the G string. All notes are separately bowed in this grade, and you will be familiarized with simple dynamics (f, mf, p), rests and note values.
Grade 1 Violin Sight Reading Exercise
Try this free violin sight reading piece to get a sense of what you can expect in grade 1.
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Tips for Grade 1 Violin Sight Reading
- Get situated with your violin where you can comfortably see the piece (an iPad or other 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 piece 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 violin 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