Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by semborg, Mar 1, 2006.

1. ### semborg

Hello!,

For a year ago I played in a orchestra where I played after sheet music (notation). I did it quite well but I realized I just listened to the Tuba player (Most of the time, sometimes we hade different sheets). Also when I see a note I my brain starts to think where it exist on the fretboard. for example If I see Bb, I think 1 fret A string. This can be very confusing when it sometimes it had been easier to put that Bb on the 6 fret of the E string.

Also now, it feels like I am not improving reading music.

What can I do to feel better about it?

Thanks

2. ### orlfl

Jul 22, 2005
Orlando
It just takes time and practice. Think about how long you were surrounded by the English language and could even speak it pretty well before you could read and write it. It is like recognizing that A and a represent the same letter and it is best to use each one at different times. 1st fret and 6th fret can both represent Bb, and it is best to use each at different times.

Keep doing it and it will become ingrained in you. You will no more think about it than you think about the letters that make up any of the words in this ramble.

Nov 3, 2003
Bay Area, CA
Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
well, if it were easy you wouldn't be learning anything, right?

not that I'm an authority or anything, but a couple of things that have helped me (and may or may not work for you):

Playing stuff you're familiar with in a different (closed) position.

Playing scales up the neck with octaves and tenths (hard to type out, but say F, F 8ve, A (near high F), A (near low F), G, G8ve, Bb...) think about the location of each note as you're doing it. Do a few different keys of course.

Playing different intervals in scales (in different positions) so you're able to think of where to go from one note to next . Again, think of what each note you're playing while you do it (so you're not just doing the pattern).

For reading, I just try to practice sight reading more. I'm trying to get better at sight reading the high notes, and getting rhythms right.

Good luck.

Marshall

Sep 30, 2004
Kent UK
Hi all