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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Flash, Feb 18, 2002.
Just curious how many people actually read music...versus playing by ear or feel.
I'm no Tommy Tedesco, but I get by...
Why is it 'read music vs. play by ear'? I do both. Also, I can play the tunes I 'hear' in my head. I read less now (bad eyesight) than I used to when I was younger and taking piano lessons (and HAD to read). Like JMX, I get by.
Ok....so, bad list of choices.....just wanted to get a dialog going....I'll assume that if you can read music....you can also play by ear...unless otherwise commented in a post.
I personally amd just learning....so for now I play by ear...
I'm a solid reader myself.
I can even play something that's written in treble clef if someone hands me a lead sheet and wants me to double the melody with them. I'm not bragging or anything, it's just that going to five years of college for a music education degree does that to you.
However, in most of the musical situations where I play bass, it's all by ear though.
I got half of reading music down.When i look at sheet music I can tell what note play,but i cant read timing.If i get the sheet music for a song ive never heard,I wouldnt be able to get the timing right.
I also play by ear alot.
Shouldnt this be in general instruction?
Can read music.
Can play by ear.
What he said.
I find, in most situations I deal with, I'm using my ear more than reading music.
I'm along the same lines as frankandbeans (Get it? Lines? Ohh I crack myself up), I can play the song, I just can't get the timing right unless I hear the song. But I'm working on it! I'm getting a teacher sometime next month, this guy knows his stuff AND is a metal fan. Talk about a walking contradiction!
I can read music, but I'm still learning to play by ear.
I can read music better than english....
Do tabz count??
I read and play by ear.
im TRYING to learn how, but its coming very, very slow. it seems like a lot of you people know how. how did you learn? or whats the easiest and most efficient way to (just not half-a$$ed)? now i really seem stupid.
I have never had to read for a gig. Always play by ear and/or chord charts. But I am teaching myself to read, and also learning theory on my own. It's a slow, but very rewarding process.
Back when I was taking lessons I could read OK. Now, it's painful to decipher even a bass clef.
I can get by on charts.
I've got a pretty good ear for everything but tricky jazz and fancy solos.
I can read somewhat. i've got some note length issues, but it's nothing really. I also play by ear.
If my eyesight gets any worse, I'll have to learn how to read by ear like you do. Do you give lessons?
playing trumpet and trombone, i can read music.