How good are you at sight reading?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by bobaweeka, Dec 2, 2001.

  1. bobaweeka


    Jan 2, 2001
    If somebody gives you a moderately difficult piece of sheet music and five minutes to look over it before playing, how well do you think you would do? Just curious. Me, I would probably be able to play the rythms right, but I would screw up quite a few notes.
  2. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Id have a better chance of winning the lottery.
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    :eek:Not good enough to do that!
  4. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    I would cry.

    I can read, but I'm SLOW.
  5. I can read good enough to play it slow and then once I have it down play it at regular speed all the way through.
  6. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Define "moderately difficult." Give me an example.
  7. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I do that all the time. In fact, that was the entire audition for my current job.
  8. depends how long the little groove is... five notes, working on one note a minute, yeah, i'd get the job done... more than five notes, i'd employ an army of monkeys to work on one note each, and turn it into TaBZ... oh the shame...

    simon a
  9. WHAT reading?

    Say, what are all those little black dots for again?
  10. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    I played a recording session in the studio last week where I didn't get to see any of the music until right before we recorded it. Half was jazz, and the other half was Christmas music. The recording turned out just fine.
  11. Kevinlane

    Kevinlane Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2000
    Missouri, near Branson
    Are you takling Motown sincopation or just tempo with lotsa notes?

    If it's lots of note at moderato probably nobig, but that sincopation is a different story.

    No reading(except chord charts) on the gig I've been on for the past 11 years, but every now and then a gig will pop up that'll remind you of "what you don't know" , I do however, LIVE for those musical "hotfoots" ,even though I'm not up to being as prepared as I should be.
  12. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS

    Does your reading chops ever fade a little when you don't read? Do you read on a regular basis even if your current gig doesn't call for it?
  13. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    I'm not Pacman, but my reading chops definitely fade when I haven't read in a while. My main reading gigs are in the fall and spring and I really have to motivate myself to keep reading between those times. I just picked up the Rush "Classics" bass book with transcriptions to all of the popular tunes so it's really challenging my reading; and trying to play the licks is another story.

  14. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    well, if anything I get rusty. They don't fade per se, but it does take a bit to get back into 'first take' land if I haven't been doing it actively.

    I do try to read something every day, even if the gig isn't requring reading. I've taken gigs that don't pay a bunch just because I knew they'd kick my reading in the butt. (I used to do school musicals fairly regular basis, just because the reading in pit bands is as good as it gets. Even if you only get 5 bills for the week)
  15. anon5458975


    Apr 5, 2001
    I think I've made some great progress with reading music over the past few months. Though I'm still not as comfortable as I'd like to be, still have a lot of practing ahead of me.

    At this point I'm better at reading transcribed bass lines than improvising off of the chords. I'm working on changing that.
  16. bobaweeka


    Jan 2, 2001
    I'm pretty much talking about a piece with a few changes in dynamics, nothing too difficult. 4/4 time No sincopation just a standard piece. "Moderately difficult" is kind of hard to define, because we all have our different opinions because of skill levels, but if you were handed a piece that you would consider not too hard, but not a cakewalk, how would you do?
  17. I've had to do "subs" with big bands that required reading a whole gig, and maybe 5 seconds to scan the chart, not 5 minutes! All ya can do is pray that the guy who wrote the chart made all the repeats and signs legible. Walking lines are easy, but some big bands do a variety of material, including James Brown and Michael Jackson, and then I start to sweat! Have I crashed and burned? Of course! Have I caused a train wreck? Not quite, but I've had some very close calls. I do think it's a skill that goes a little rusty if ya dont do it all the time.
  18. Well I must say it isn't a situation I face very often these days, but after five years of piano under my belt I read music about as good as I read english. I'm not saying I can put that onto bass, because it's not something I do very often.

    All that I read the music for these days is my classical bits, which I get the scores for, and pick them to pieces bit by bit till I have the right fingering and positions. It's hardly sight reading.

    But in answer to your question....wait, what was the question again?:D :D

  19. Samie


    Dec 13, 2000
    Madrid, Spain
    On this subject I have to quote Jeff berlin whe he says that music reading is like normal text reading. if someone struggles reading a cereal box - then they really can't read , can they?

    Once you know how to read, you know how to read! until then you really cant.

    So I must say that I cant read - but I am working really hard on it. :)
  20. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    i consider myself a pretty good site reader. all my auditions required me to site read music. peace