Here's the traditional advice on sight reading first. Read on for unexpected methods to improve this skill.
Take a moment to scan the music score before you begin playing and ask these questions:
1) Figure out the key. Remember that it may not be in a major key!
2) Notice the time signature. Prepare to "count in" in the appropriate meter. Not everything is in 4/4 time.
3) Scan the piece for accidentals. How common are accidentals throughout the piece? Do you see sharps and flats?
4) Scan the piece for unexpected chords. For instruments that play chords, like the guitar or piano, notice if there are any stacks of notes that you don't recognize. Take a moment to calmly decipher the chord.
5) Notice the rhythms. Are they consistent throughout, ie. straight eighths, Bossa Nova, the Charleston, or some other repeating pattern. Take a moment to calmly find...
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1) Strengthen your music skills.
2) Launch your music business.
3) Teach music lessons.
4) Seek out opportunities to make passive income.
5) Utilize Patreon.
6) Develop your own unique brand.
7) Stick with it!
Earning a living as a musician isn’t as impossible as many people make it out to be. The reason it’s so hard for musicians to make good money is that many rely on a single revenue stream, whether it’s playing live gigs, selling albums, or releasing music on popular streaming platforms. Putting all your eggs in one basket severely limits your earning potential—and leaves you vulnerable to major unexpected events like a global pandemic. If you want to make more money, diversification is essential!
Try to treat your musical career like a business rather than a side gig. Look for ways to build multiple streams of income and balance...