I had an interesting email exchange with a student from Chicago – Frank – this week.
Frank doesn’t sight read and said the sight reading etudes that I’ve produced in the last couple of weeks are useless to him, though there were a couple particularly he wanted to learn.
I told him that the different McCartney Styles I’ve developed – that are free don’t forget when you grab a copy of LEARNING FROM McCARTNEY VOL 1 – could be used in combination with simple chord progressions/common chord progressions and deliberate practice principles to learn sight reading in an idiomatic way in all 12 keys!
The styles to use – and the order – would be:
- MACCA6 – two beat style, roots and 5ths
- MACCA 3 – ‘B’ Substyle – quarter note style, roots and 5ths
- MACCA 1 – more expansive quarter note style
- MACCA 2 – 8th note rock and roll style.
This 20 minute screen capture video gives an overview of this process – though I haven’t gone into the depth that it warrants because the video would have ended up being hours and hours long!!! But you should get a good idea of the process: