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is reading in treble clef worth it

Discussion in 'Ask the Berklee Bass Department' started by bassbrother666, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. bassbrother666


    Feb 13, 2013
    hi Pro´s, so my question is: i rediscovered an old book from the school i was in, and it had rythmic exercises and melodic too, but almost all of them where in treble clef, is it worth it to do and try to read these exercises, even if they are not in bassclef?
    paardon my english, for it is not my native language
  2. Nickweissmusic

    Nickweissmusic Knows all intervals from one Fred, to Juan octave Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    I teach lessons and perform live music in and around San Diego CA. Sometimes I even make money doing it!
    It sure can't hurt. Some classical pieces get up into the treble clef, and what if you want to learn guitar, banjo, flute, whatever, further down the road. Plus, if you ever get into teaching or arranging (and if you're a pro you probably will), you'll open yourself up for more business. I know it's a horrible fact, but there are a lot more treble clef students out there than bass clef :)
  3. Steve Bailey

    Steve Bailey

    Feb 15, 2013
    Reading treble clef is extremely important to the well rounded bassist. It has saved my butt many many times, and made a wealth of very melodic music "available" to me..
  4. I learned to read treble 30 years before any bass. Bass did my head in for awhile. If you can learn both at once you'll be onto a winner.
  5. I took music in high school when I was young. For the first year, I played guitar only (which used the treble clef.) I passed and tied top marks with another student.

    The second year, we were required to choose an instrument which read different music clef. I chose bass, immediately felt the love. The rest is history.
  6. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Once upon a time, I tried to avoid reading treble clef out of fear it would mess up my reading in bass clef. But it turned out to be an unfounded fear. Bass clef obviously needs to be first priority for the bassist, but reading in treble clef and tenor clef will come in handy.
  7. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    Since most of the music I've learned in my life from playing sax/grade school music classes, through choir, and theory in music school the problem I've developed is that I read treble clef better than bass clef. I really need to bone up on that.

    Rev J
  8. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    Knowing how to read/write treble clef is also going to help you down the road, if you're a band leader handing out charts that you've written to your band.
  9. Kragnorak


    Sep 20, 2008
    Often times I prefer charts that are in treble clef. The reason is that I feel less locked into a specific octave.

    In other words, if I read a middle C in bass clef then I automatically gravitate to C3 (the octave below middle C on a piano) because everything written for upright bass and electric bass is notated an octave down. If I read a middle C in treble clef my mind is already in interpretive mode so I read that as Cx (where x = whatever seems best).