I read when I was a kid for trumpet, was never very good at reading though, I played mostly by ear and still do but I've been forcing my way through through Ron Velosky's Sight Reading for the bass. I've been at it now for a few months. I'm in the sixteenth note section pp 60-72. I can nowhere near sight read these until after I've really taken them apart which depending on the page can be anywhere from a few days to a week although I think I'm getting faster. I'm afraid I'm relying on my memory as well as reading the notes which was always my problem because after I figure out a difficult part I can usually remember it although I do think I am remembering it in conjunction with the music. I can go back in the book now and play the easier stuff by sight though (I think) and have found a few mistakes I was consistently playing before. I've been on page 72 this morning and really have to take it slow but am figuring it out, the tempo is moderato but I am doing it REALLY slowly right now. My question is: Although I am nowhere near being able to sight read difficult pieces, does it sound like I'm on the right track? The timing is more difficult for me than the notes although the higher registers still give me trouble.