"Hi, Steve Eulberg here for Habits for Your Healthy Music Habitat.
If you want to be really good at Sight-Reading, there's only one way to do it:
And that's to pick up something that you haven't looked at before and read it.
So, I've got a book here. It is "West Virginia Fiddle Tunes and Songs" arranged for the Mountain Dulcimer by my friend, Heidi Muller.
Here I am at the back of the book, and I haven't seen this piece before:
Yew Piney Mountain. It says: 8....
So I'm stumbling around, I don't know this tune. And, I'm just looking at the numbers, trying to read the timing, and it will be awhile before it starts to feel comfortable.
But what this is doing is making me move out of my comfort zone. And when I do that it broadens my comfort zone and I don't feel afraid of tackling new things.
In fact, it builds my confidence, and it excites me, because I live for these new tunes and this is one of the ways to get them!"