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Basic Reading Tricks
Learning to read can be a frustrating process. Most of the
gigs we all do require getting a tape from someone in the
band and learning the tunes. Or, other gigs involve showing
up and reading chord charts with a few shots here and
there. There are fewer gigs that require you to show up
and read dots (notes) from beginning to end.
sometimes be a non motivator in getting us to learn how to
read. Don't let that effect your decision about reading
because one thing's for sure is that by
learning to read you open yourself up to many new
musical experiences and gig's! I know we can all use a
few more gig's so let that be your motivation.
The biggest question I get is "How do I start leaning how to
Well, after learning the notes on the bass cleff staff we have
to start learing to recognize the notes quickly and efficiently
sounding them in the appropriate place on the
A good place to start is by working on music with little or no
rhythmic content. By doing this you are concentrating on
learning the notes on the fingerboard and bass clef.
A great little trick that was taught to me is to read every note
twice at first. By doing this you READ the note the first time,
then you RE-INFORCE the location and look of that note on
the staff and
fingerboard the second time. This little
excercise will increase your note recognition quickly.
Another problem I get is that students find it hard to locate
things to read. There are a few great books that will help
you out in this department.
Standing in the Shadows of Mowtown - Some really easy to
very tough reading, an invaluable resource!
Bach Cello suites - All cello music works great for learning
to read. The Bach Cello suites are an excellent way to
not only your reading but also your technique....Not to
mention they sound very cool on bass! Check it out