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Can you read music?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Frettage, Jan 21, 2010.


  1. Yes, I can read musical notation.

    263 vote(s)
    84.6%
  2. No, I can only read tab.

    41 vote(s)
    13.2%
  3. I can't understand either one.

    7 vote(s)
    2.3%


  1. :D
     
  2. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    +1
    I played guitar for years and took piano lessons to help me sight read but still can't... well not fluently anyway... takes me about an hour to figure out 4 bars lol
     
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Brand Identity & Development, GHS Strings, Innovation Double Bass Strings, Rocktron
    My rep around town is the guy that can sight-read a score better than the guy that's played it for a couple of weeks. The amount of doors that it will open is worth learning it well in and of itself.
     
  4. ryco

    ryco

    Apr 24, 2005
    97465
    I can read bass clef only. My sight reading isn't all that good anymore. Use it or lose it.
    Keep threatening to by a C fake book & learn to sight read treble. Got pretty good at it in college, but back to n00b status now.
     
  5. Johnny StingRay

    Johnny StingRay

    Nov 24, 2006
    Yes, I can read music......................m-u-s-i-c.....music.....simple two syllable word. First syllable is open with a long vowel u, and the second is a closed syllable with the s pronounced like a z and the c like a k.......easy. What's so hard about that?
     
  6. boodakon

    boodakon

    Sep 2, 2009
    San Diego,CA
    I used to read for guitar and started to learn for bass, but never stayed committed to it. Every now and again I'll try to re-learn but I've never been consistent so its never seriously progressed. I have to rely on tabs to learn scales and chords. I try to rely on my ears to be my guide.
     
  7. I can walk into a gig and read about 90% cold.
     
  8. stoolpigeon

    stoolpigeon

    Dec 17, 2009
    Greenville SC
    I can still read, though very out of practice.
     
  9. I can because i've played trombone for ten years so its pretty easy for me
     

  10. You're so f***in' cool, I wanna have your babies.
     
  11. LouisV

    LouisV

    May 19, 2006
    mill valley, CA
    I'm good with treble & bass clef, slow with tenor clef, need to practice that one. I find tabs frustrating, they tell half the story, IMHO.
     
  12. Tenor clef is a STOP sign for me. I think that's my next reading task. Tabs don't work for me at all, I can't make any sense of them.
     
  13. As a private music teacher with 20 students (bass, guitar, ukulele, mandolin), I think anyone serious about music and curious about the potential benefits of reading standard notation owes themselves one good shot at learning how to read AT LEAST in first position. You may hate it and decide it's a waste of time, but there's a good chance you will start to see the benefits and want to keep on learning.

    Ideally, you should do it at your own pace. Don't get in a stressful situation where you're being pressured to learn so fast, and you're not getting it, so you quit. It's not a race, but your own steady pace gets results.
     
  14. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    I use to be very proficient at sight reading pretty advanced pieces of music. That said, I haven`t read anything in at least two years so I wouldn`t be surprised if I needed a refresher course.
     
  15. basseux

    basseux

    Jan 10, 2010
    When you talk about knowing how to read, do you talk about reading and hearing the music without the help of an instrument like you can hear the words when you read a book, or just play what's wrote with the instrument ?
     
  16. I read music but since I've been out of it for 20 yrs I'm doing a lot of review and remembering, it's all comin back pretty good. Funny I can remember treble easy (*hides*) and even tho i played trombone and tuba, the bass cleff stuff...i forgot...im baaad!

    but it's all good, I'm remembering stuff easy. its just which notes are which on the staff i forgot. i can read the notation and count and all that

    i suck and always have sucked at sight reading. i remember at band fests, we'd go in and I'd about die at the sight reading stuff. I winged it....tried to make it sound like i knew what i was doing
     
  17. Reaper Man

    Reaper Man

    Jan 15, 2010
    MA
    not super fast reading but I'm getting there
     
  18. I'm actually learning to read music. I have to take my time to figure it out, though. I use tabs if they're available. I even have tried to figure some things out by ear. I think I even got one song right! Why not learn everything you can? You never know what might help you in a given situation.
     
  19. All_¥our_Bass

    All_¥our_Bass

    Dec 26, 2004
    I can read sheet but I am far from good at it.
     
  20. Yes.

    I can read. It's is mandatory or I would fail my classes...... especially Classical and Jazz Theory.
     

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