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Reading


Norm,

I read music long ago taking piano as a kid, as well as early bass lessons. But when I joined a band as a teenager, I began playing by ear and stopped reading. What would you suggest for training in music reading and chart reading? Thanks for your advice.

Mike


Hey Mike-

For reading, I'd definitely recommend Music Dojo, then navigate to the reading classes being offered - I've heard nothing but great stuff about them).

Alternatively, if you're good at picking stuff up on your own, I'd recommend a combination of things that definitely helped me learn to read:

1. For rhythms, I found Carol Kaye's books with transcribed bass lines really helpful. I'd just sing through the written rhythmic figures (no instrument necessary), and it wasn't long before I started getting reasonably comfortable sight-reading rhythms.

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2. For pitches, I found reading transcriptions of jazz walking lines (from Aebersold, etc.) invaluable. They're usually quarter notes, freeing up your mind to focus solely on the note pitches themselves. It's almost like musical flashcards. An additional benefit is that they're written in a variety of keys, frequently with non-diatonic or chromatic motion, so you can get accustomed to reading accidentals (sharps, flats, etc.).

I found these two types of resources incredibly effective. Happy woodshedding!

Blessings- Norm

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