i am having great difficulty finding the correct method for playing the keyboard while sight reading..........that is, not looking at the keys yet trying to find the right keys.  for example, how do you know how far up to bring your left hand to go from d below middle c to 2 octives above middle c without looking at the keys?  is there any best answer to this question?  i feel like i am getting nowhere in my practice techniques yet i put in a lot of time each day.
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you're having difficulty because it is unfamiliar to you.  you have to be patient in getting acquainted.  

it's like typing.  i look because i think i have to.  in reality i can type without looking, but when i start making mistakes, i feel the need to look.  since i do look, "looking" becomes a part of how i type.  i am therefore a crappy typist because that's how i practice:)

so, be patient.  don't look.  start with smaller leaps.  practice sight reading easier music.  try to dismiss feelings of frustration when you mess up.  try to embrace your mistakes as stepping stones toward your goal.
sounds like good advice and makes sense.  i'll follow it.

thanks!
also, make use of your finger that are not playing before the jump - use them to keep track of position.  i know some pianists brush over keys when they jump - how many people actually do this?
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