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How Many Readers?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by uhdum, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. Yes

    110 vote(s)
  2. No

    19 vote(s)
  1. uhdum


    Oct 15, 2002
    Just a question... neither answer is either "good" or "bad." How many folks on here can actually read the bass clef in music?

    I've had this discussion with my father on many occasions, and I was just interested as to the percentage.

  2. Rimshot

    Rimshot Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Yes, but not well. I couldn't "sight read" a tune, but could figure it out with time.
  3. slybass3000

    slybass3000 Banned

    Nov 5, 2004
    Yes, no Tabs here 4 me!:bag:
    I make my living with sight-reading! I love it!
  4. All_¥our_Bass


    Dec 26, 2004
    I'm with Rimshot. I can read but I'm terribly slow. I also don't know my keys sigs as well as I should.
  5. I voted yes.

    With enough time I can sit down and work out a part from standard notation and play it.

    If I already know how to play a song at a reasonable tempo for my brain to follow, I can read the standard notation and often correct myself on the fly using it if I make a mistake. I find this is a good way to find out if I naturally prefer to open notes where available.

    Oooh, and I know the key signature for C :)

  6. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    yup ... right with rimshot ... if you give me time ...but not on the fly ...
  7. no. im in the process of learning it currently.
  8. Otso


    Mar 6, 2006
    I can read, but can't really sight read the f-clef yet.
  9. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    I used to be able to sightread bass clef fluently in school.

    I RARELY had to use it when I was a pro in bands (beyond chord sheets). Now I'm not so fast but can do pretty well. Use it or lose it!!

    I've never been very good at reading treble clef at all. Got pretty good at it after a couple years of theory classes, but could never sit down and read it.

    Plan on remedying that someday. Shya right - I've only been saying that for 30 yrs! But I'd like to learn melodies out of a fake book

    ps> can't read tab either. Takes too long
  10. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Better than I can read English...
  11. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    No, I don't read music. I learn everything by ear. But I would definetly like to learn if I could put the commitment in.
  12. tr68gt

    tr68gt Acme Corporation Beta Tester

    Aug 2, 2006
    Naples, Florida
    I voted no, because I'm with the other guys who said they could, but slowly. I can read it if given time, but I'm working on it. :D
  13. I can read all the clefs, but I'm a little slow. Fast enough that I don't have to sit down and write in note names or anything, but sight reading anything faster than half notes at tempo would be a problem. I'm fastest with bass and treble.
  14. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    +1! :D
  15. Jeff Martinez

    Jeff Martinez

    May 10, 2005
    Denver, CO

    I prefer to read standard notation over tablature because my basses are alternately tuned, so tab is of little use to me.
  16. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I don't count TAB as reading.

    I also read treble clef.
  17. I voted no, but its one of those things im determined to sort out sooner rather than later, simply because the more i use tabs, the more i realise how much tabs suck.
  18. BullHorn


    Nov 23, 2006

    I will start learning soon. :x
  19. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User

    Dec 13, 2004
    Phoenix AZ area
    Still learning and still getting better. I think it is VERY important
    to learn it, so I don't even look at TAB unless I can't get the written
  20. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA
    yup! reading is fun!

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