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Posted by Not entirely true on 3/19/2021, 4:37 pm, in reply to "Re: Sightreading
No rule states you must start with a one count prep beat. The only thing that addresses how you start is the last line of part 5 of Section 1111(e): "No further warm-up or musical instruction of any kind is permitted by the director, including the use of verbal counting to initiate the reading."
4 (or even 8 count) prep is okay, as long as it is silent.