Question About Enrollment
Do you have to be able to sight read in order to become a student.
Reading music is an important skill in every musician's life.
All the prospective students are evaluated on a set of skills, and reading music is one of them, so you will need to have at least some basic reading skills.
Get some music books, charts and start spending 20 minutes reading, EVERY day.
You will see how much you will improve!!
Thanks for the good question. Everything Sandro says is true! BUT we care more about your overall musicianship than any of the basic 4 criteria that are evaluated.
There are definitely students with unique skill sets being admitted and frankly Reading is the easiest of those requisite skills to develop. It only takes patience and diligence.
Work on your reading, but do NOT be discouraged from applying if u consider yourself a "weak" reader. We can make that better!
I will certainly take a closer look at a bassist with a good feel, good ears, and good musical instincts. If u read well too, all the better, but it ain't a deal-breaker!!
Thanks, guys !
I played trumpet in jr. high. All we were taught were the notes on the scale and the notes on the instruement and it was assumed we would put two and two together. I was never able to do it.
I listened to my section play the peace and was able to play it by ear after that. But I always found not being able to read better a detriment.
Thanks for any leads on the books.
There a book by Rich Appleman that is a great starting point.
Also for Jazz I use a lot a book that goes along with an Aebersold CD with Ron Carter basslines transcribed.
Oscar Stagnaro's Latin Bass is another great one; it has a wide variety of music, from simple to complex.
Anthony Vitti's Funk Fingerstyle is a great one.
Also check the other replies to the "Tell us about your practice regimen", http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f242/t...gimen-1016939/
One of my alltime favorite books is Rufus Reids, "The Evolving Bassist"
I would suggest trying to read anything and everything that you find. Learn treble clef. It opens a whole new world of literature.
I know it sounds crazy, but I learned a lot about reading from a Church Hymnal... reading those quarter and half note double stops was great. Check it out. You can usually find a good used one in a used book store.
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