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noob sight reading question

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by bassinplace, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    I just started the Ron Velosky book. I decided I'm gonna get this whole sight reading thing nailed down. Right now, I'm reviewing quarter and eight notes in C Major.

    My dumb question for the day is, I've got three quarter notes followed by two eighth notes in a measure, 4/4 time.

    Do I count it 1,2,3,&4 or 1,2,3,4&? I think it's the former, but just wanted to make sure. Thanks so much!
  2. Bagelmsyter


    Nov 13, 2011
    Three quarter notes and two eighth notes. It's 1-2-3-4-and
  3. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Ok, oops! Good thing I asked! Thanks so much!
  4. PatQ


    May 11, 2011
    Siegburg, Germany
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Yep, +1 to Bagel.
  6. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Cool! :cool: Thanks, guys! You rock! :D
  7. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    General Rule of Thumb: When counting, the number ALWAYS lands ON the Beat.

    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + with 8th Notes

    1e+a 2e+a 3e+a 4e+a with 16th notes.
  8. miltslackford


    Oct 14, 2009
    That looks like a cool book I think I'll get hold of it.

    If you want, check out 'Encyclopaedia of reading rhythms' also. It's got great counting and playing exercises. You can do it away from the bass, so you get a chance to focus on rhythm separately. I've found this has really helped me.
  9. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    You're trying to get reading down, sight reading is where they drop the music in front of you that you've never seen and you deliver a performance.
  10. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Most helpful! Thanks!

    Ooh, very cool! Will get! Thanks!

    Yes, I know but you have to crawl before you can walk, right? The book is supposed to be designed to train in the ability to sight read. I'm just starting give me a chance! :p

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