Good thread and great advice as always! I get my new students to clap the sigth reading exercise i've set them (to a metronome) first, then i give them the first note and get them to try and sing it and then finally play it. Really speeds up there reading. My old teacher said to me one day that being a good musician is all about being able to hear what you see (listen with your eyes!) and seeing what you hear (see with your ears!) i.e visualise and auralise! If you can hear what's in front of you just before you play it it's so much easier and the best thing to achieve this is just like everyone else has said.... scales and patterns and lots of 'new' material. Good luck! Jason.