1. Establish the "rhythmic feel" of the time signature by thinking:
a) "boom-chick/ boom-chick/ etc…" for 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, cut time - which all use duple subdivisions:
b) "boom-chick-chick / boom-chick-chick / etc…" for 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8 - which all use triple subdivision:
2. Finger the scale of the key signature
3. Quickly scan for accidentals that occur near the beginning of measures. If you see one check to see if there are other notes in that measure that maintain the accidental.
4. Sing and finger three times:
*Memorize a low, middle, and high note from your solo so you can hear your first pitch
1st X notes and rhythms
2nd X added dynamics
3rd X add articulations
5. Review the first 2 measures
(a)if extra time focus in on particularly difficult measures, and (b) pay attention to the the first measure of the second line of music; people often make mistakes when moving from one line to the next.
6. Count yourself off 2 measures to establish a beat.