Re: Reading bass line

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Posted by Zach on October 31, 2001 at 23:40:03:

In Reply to: Reading bass line posted by melvin perry on October 29, 2001 at 09:33:59:

Hey Melvin,

Obviously what you're wanting to do can't be achieved in a short time. I learned to read music based on tablature....BIG mistake. Being in a jazz big band, my ability to read music is essential, so I kinda got thrown into reading music when I was a sophomore in high school. I'd say it took me the rest of high school to master reading to the point where I could keep up. Obviously some people learn faster than others, but it's still a bitch to learn. My best advice would be to practice, practice, practice, take a break, and then practice some more, day after day. Throw some charts in front of you to see if you can sight-read them...then throw in a new chart, then another one. Eventually, reading will get a lot easier, and then after that, it will become like second nature.

One book I would recommend is the Essential Bass Book by Rufus Read. Although all of the bass lines are handwritten in ink and are a little hard to read, this book focuses on all the essentials you'll need for upright and electric bass.

Good luck!

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