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Can you read music?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Flash, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. Yes

    57 vote(s)
  2. No, Play by ear

    12 vote(s)
  3. Trying to learn

    19 vote(s)
  1. Flash


    Feb 3, 2002
    Salem, Oregon
    Just curious how many people actually read music...versus playing by ear or feel.

  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I'm no Tommy Tedesco, but I get by...
  3. 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.
  4. Flash


    Feb 3, 2002
    Salem, Oregon
    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...
  5. eViL cAkE

    eViL cAkE Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Just East of Dallas
    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.

    Bye, bye
    eViL cAkE
  6. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    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?
  7. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin


  8. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Can read music.
    Can play by ear.

  9. What he said.;)

    I find, in most situations I deal with, I'm using my ear more than reading music.
  10. 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!
  11. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I can read music, but I'm still learning to play by ear.
  12. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I can read music better than english....
  13. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Do tabz count??

    Chris A.
  14. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    I read and play by ear.

  15. BassPlayerGush


    Sep 23, 2001
    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.:eek:
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    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.
  17. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    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.
  18. I can read somewhat. i've got some note length issues, but it's nothing really. I also play by ear.
  19. If my eyesight gets any worse, I'll have to learn how to read by ear like you do. Do you give lessons?
  20. lubcha132


    Feb 17, 2002
    NJ, USA
    playing trumpet and trombone, i can read music.

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