Your part begins where you are now. Each piece gets better as you progress in your playing. It grows because you invest your own ingenuity and make real decisions about what you are going to play. You have an opportunity to express your own interpretations, learn and grow in each step of the process.
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Music at First Sight

Did you love music until you got to music class? Did you "take" violin, piano, etc. and then drop it, giving up on music?

Music At First Sight is for adults or teens who love music and who want to play but are frustrated by the childish little pieces that are most often part of the curriculum for novices. Sadly, the dream of making music becomes stifled by undue emphasis on technique and boring, trivial solo pieces.

With Music At First Sight you can have the experience and the pleasure of ensemble playing with the recordings of your choice. While working with our graded parts, playing along with a recorded piece of music encourages you to listen more closely, try out your own ideas and sharpen your skills and musicality.

Each composition in our growing Music Library contains a series of graded parts you can play along with as well as edit and revise. We currently have arrangements and sheet music samples for these instruments:

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And these composers:

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Bach
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Beethoven
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Dvorak
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Handel
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Mendelssohn
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Mozart
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Rachmaninoff
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Ravel

What you get

We provide the printed music, the audio introduction, and a live performance recording with each measure counted softly - to hear in your right headphone. With faster pieces there are slower-graded MIDI recordings with measure counting. You also have a part with large blank staff lines bracketed by both your printed part and the Melodic Cue. You can revise, or create a whole new part to fit your technique and musical taste. It's very hard to get lost. Try it. The numbered measures can bring you right back in synch with the recorded performance.

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