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Learning to read - progress so far

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by stratovani, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Inspired by all the learning to read threads here in General Instruction I've set out to learn how to read music. For myself the best thing I've found so far is the Clef reading section over at teoria.com:


    I set it up so that I'm reading bass clef, in groups of 4 notes at a time, answering using note names, for a period of five minutes, with 20 seconds to answer for each note. So far I'm getting better, with a 95% or better score, and I can recognize a D, F, low F, and high B by sight, but I'm still relying too much on Good Boys Do Fine Always, and All Cows Eat Grass, which is OK for now but in time I'll eventually have to abandon in favor of instant note recognition and identification.

    I'm taking my time in learning how to read. After all, how long will it take a kindergartener to read War And Peace? At least 12 years! But do I need to get note recognition down first before moving to anything else.
  2. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    Using first position - first 4 frets - I let the D line be my home base. If the fly speck is on or above the D line I know I will find that note on the D or G string.

    If the fly speck is below the D line that note will be on the A or E string.

    Focus on the D line and then react from there instead of having to rely on All Cows Eat Grass. This seems to speed up the process for me. Reading does not come overnight. Read a little every day, even if it just reading sheet music with out your bass. Rust develops quickly - read every day.
  3. lyla1953


    Jul 18, 2012
  4. Reddog01


    Nov 3, 2013
    Georgetown, TX
    You are dong exactly what you should do to become a more competent player (IMHO)!!