I know that this skill can be beefed up, especially by simply reading unfamiliar music everyday. After all, that's how I got better at it! But sometimes I find it hard to explain the EXACT methods that work for me. Perhaps they were built unconsciously, driven only by my desire to avoid a musical train-wreck!
Thanks to Nancy Mack, one of my most thoughtful and studious adult cello students, for alerting me to this incredibly helpful article: http://jazzadvice.com/5-steps-to-mastering-sight-reading/ It demystifies the sight-reading process by outlining the tried-and-true techniques in a shockingly clear way. I urge you to read it-- especially those of you with All-State auditions on the horizon!
Want to test some of these techniques on your own? Visit https://sightreadingfactory.com/ for unlimited on-line sight-reading examples.
Prefer sight-reading from a book? Try one of the many collections of short examples for cello, like this one by Doreen Smith.
Feel free to share your sight-reading stories or helpful techniques in the comments section below. I love learning about what works for different cellists!