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i want to learn how to read music.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by xshawnxearthx, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    i feel it's the only thing i can't really do. where should i start?
  2. Cameronj


    Jan 26, 2009
    Kaysville UT
    I keep saying this but the Hal Leonard Bass Method books are a great start.
    Also check out www.studybass.com. There is a little bass clef quiz thingy that is pretty fun to do also.

    So that is a start at least!
  3. FaceDown3000


    Feb 6, 2008
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

    Heres a few TB links that may help you out:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=419687 Read bass clef
    http://www.download.com/NoteCard/3000-2133_4-10004005.html Software-Read bass clef training (recommended- TB member AlphaMale)
    http://www.playthebass.com print flashcards for learning bass clef, print staff paper
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=479642 Learn to read music 1 of 2
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=479401 2 of 2

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6521582 Improve site reading

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125519 Intro to scale and chord theory
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=473968 Learning Theory
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56761 TB Gen.Instruction Theory links list
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=88294 Theory (from the DB side of TB)

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2338584&postcount=4 Learning "modes"
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=507769 Reason for modes
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=485421 Using modes
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=498975 Key signatures/Circle of 5ths/Cycle of 4ths
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=6703697&postcount=22 Circle of 5ths (spreadsheet format)

    http://www.teoria.com/ Music Theory. Check out the tutorials, exercises and reference dictionary
    http://www.musictheory.net/index.html Theory (Power Point lessons), ear trainer, more
    http://www.musictheory.net/index.html Xlnt visual Beginning Music Theory (Power Point lessons), ear trainer

    http://www.thelibster.com/bass/ beginners' guide/lessons, tech advice,drills, bass sound files,tips,Q&A, links/more .
    http://www.cyberfretbass.com/index.php For all bassists, videos and more,
  5. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    now we talking!!! thanks guys.
  6. kraigo


    Jun 21, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    I can't top Stumbo's list (who could?), but if you can find a beginning snare drum book, it's a great way to start to get your rhythms together independently of all of the pitches.

  7. People really need to start using the search button more here. I have questions all the time but I just use the search and its usually already been asked multiple times.
  8. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    As mentioned above, it is useful to seperate rhythm studies from pitch. Rhythm to me is by far the harder of the two.
    Cliff Engle has some good exerecises for rhythm alone.
  9. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    +1 To all above. The Hal Leonard are the books I started with waaaay back.

    The only hard concept for me was switching from treble clef to bass clef as saxophone was my first instrument for 8 years before I started playing bass and transposing the notes took me some time.
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

    Great idea. I'll add it to my list of links.
  11. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Agreed! This was a major help when my instructor had me do this a few years ago. It's a great way to get familiar with a lot of the rhythm notations before applying them to more complicated lines. Also, it helps you really hammer home your rhythm, which is never a bad thing. :)
  12. jonster


    Nov 12, 2008
    Thanks for recommending the Hal Leonard books. I, for one, appreciate the support!

    Jon Liebman