Xtreme Sight Reading

Xtreme Sight Reading

This new and improved Xtreme version allows you to extend the possible range to a Low B. That makes for some wicked intervals so to make it easier I put in an adjustment for the top note. You can still do the crazy Xtreme interval thing by setting the high and low range from a high G to a low B, but make sure and wear protection.
Another new Xtreme feature is the ability to adjust the probability of accidentals.
Sight reading never gave this kind of rush before.

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5 Responsesto “Xtreme Sight Reading”

  1. raviinla says:

    Hi Gary,

    I really like the Red Bull Xtreme sight reading app you’ve built and added to your site. Thanks for doing that!

    Couple of questions though: What’s with the name? If it’s not affiliated with Red Bull in any way, how is it that you’re using their logo? It is nice that you have a box I can check to turn off the annoying flash animation, which is quite annoying. I like the range function a lot too.

    Another question: You have suggested rhythms written at the bottom of the page, which I’m not sure I understand, as there is only a half bar of each rhythm. Are you suggesting that we play the rhythms in question and then tacit for a half bar?

    To that end, could you add a function to Xtreme sight reading that would allow us to change time signatures and would write bar lines in the examples it generates? This would help me because then I could practice carrying accidentals throughout the bar as well as using the suggested rhythms at the same time.

    Thanks, and stay hip.

    - Ravi

  2. GW says:

    Hey Ravi,
    Glad you’re enjoying the “app”. The logo contradiction falls under the category of “humor”- according to some. The biggest problem associated with sight reading comes from not looking ahead. Having empty beats while at the same time forcing you to look ahead and group the next few notes on your own helps train this process. 24 notes on a line has the most versatility as far as being able to organize in note groups of 2,3,4,6. Feel free to change time signatures if you want – they’re not dictated but you’ll have to skip some notes at the end of every line depending on what groupings of notes you choose. I would have to consider carrying accidentals a minor objective (not a priority) compared to the main purpose of this “app” which is to train people to look ahead (and entertain a little along the way).

  3. Basan says:

    Hey, Willis! Thanks for great sight reading stuff!

    Is there any way to download the application and use it offline. If i don’t have permanent access to the Internet?

    Thank you!

  4. teanio says:

    Hey Gary,

    I first got turned on to this exercise by my guitar teacher Ken Rosser and he also got me hip to your web site. I really enjoy this exercise because its fun and you can take it at your own pace. Ive noticed I feel much more comfortable around notes and I dont stop as much when reading. I still have so much to learn, but I do feel a progress because of your lesson. Ive wrote many 24 note examples on staff paper and a cool thing is that you can also flip it over for a new set of notes. Thank Gary and hello from Hawaii.


  5. JazzMac251 says:

    Thanks for making this! It’s becoming a regular exercise in my reading routine.

    I was wondering, though, if you wouldn’t mind making a treble clef version? It’s easy enough to just read the notes as if they were in treble clef, but you tend to get an inordinate amount of Cb/B# and Fb/E#.

    Thanks again for making such a useful tool!

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