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is it possable to teach myself to read?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by maskedman72, May 13, 2011.


  1. maskedman72

    maskedman72

    May 1, 2011
    Arizona
    i would love to be able to read but i know nothing. i would love to teach myself to read. is it possable to learn without formal instruction or private lessons or college classes? any books or dvd's that could help?
     
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    The Complete Electric Bass Player by Chuck Rainey...

    Great Book, Very good explanation and examples and everything you need to learn how to read.
     
  3. AcidFripp

    AcidFripp

    Jul 12, 2010
    Like with anything, it wouldn't hurt you to get a teacher to help you, but you can do it yourself. It's not too hard.
     
  4. maskedman72

    maskedman72

    May 1, 2011
    Arizona
    i wonder if there is a "read music for dummies" book.
     
  5. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    Its a little more complicated than that, but once you understand the basics it just takes more practice.

    The good thing about the Rainey book, is it explains the basic fundamentals and gives you different examples for nearly every note and rhythm possibility you will encounter.

    Once you know how a certain rhythm looks on paper, you know how to play it, and with enough practice putting the notes and rhythm together will become second nature.

    Its learning to read a new language, just takes practice.
     
  6. Art Araya

    Art Araya

    May 29, 2006
    Palm Coast, FL
    yes, you can do this. in college, i went from being a poor sight-reader to the best one of all my teacher's students (he had dozens across multiple schools).

    15-30 minutes every day consistently will get you where you want to go.
     
  7. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Yes, it definitely is possible to teach yourself to read music.

    Here you go - you could be reading quite well in a couple of weeks or so if you stick at it for about half an hour a day. Have fun, it's well worth the effort and opens many, many doors for you in your musical development. Every musician should learn to read, in my opinion. :)

    Bass Lessons : Reading Music
     
  8. With God, all things are possible. :cool:

    (won't even mention that spelling error....:bag:)
     
  9. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
  10. maskedman72

    maskedman72

    May 1, 2011
    Arizona
    awesome! this is encouraging. if i can read bass will i be able to read all music?
     
  11. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    If you work through the lesson on the site I linked, you will soon understand how written music works. Most of the time with your bass, you'll be reading music written with the bass clef (a clef is a sign that tells you which line or space in the written music stands for each note). But once you have your bass clef reading down, learning treble clef or other clefs isn't hard. Just take everything one step at a time.

    Remeber the old saying - success by the yard is hard, but by the inch it's a cinch.
     
  12. maskedman72

    maskedman72

    May 1, 2011
    Arizona
    thanks! im gonna dive into this and figure it out.
     
  13. mambo4

    mambo4

    Jun 9, 2006
    Dallas
    Good luck!

    I'll just add this: it can be quite useful to seperate learning rhythm from learning pitch, focusing on one or the other. Rhythm especially is beneficial to isolate, it's a little trickier than pitch.

    Also, once you get a basic grasp of rhythm, latin music is execllent reading material to bone up on useful rhythm reading.
     
  14. fmoore200

    fmoore200

    Mar 22, 2011
    NYC
    I don't remember how I learned to read music. It seemed almost impossible at first, and then I came through a haze and found I was able to read music.

    It was just like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
     
  15. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    yes.

    What it REALLY takes is focus, discipline and patience. And don't expect it to come fast.
     
  16. maskedman72

    maskedman72

    May 1, 2011
    Arizona
    i have no expectations at all.
     
  17. Teoria.com

    Tutorials -> Reading Music

    Great Source for Music Theory
     

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