Re: Opinions on Sight-Reading...

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Posted by Bob the bass player on January 24, 2001 at 17:18:21:

In Reply to: Opinions on Sight-Reading... posted by Thumpin' Tom Pogson on January 23, 2001 at 19:44:02:

: I'm trying to get into reading but I've heard that you should never practice the same line twice because of the memorization factor. Is this true?
: Is there any reading players with advice?

I don't do much sight reading on the bass but I did play cello in the school orchestra for seven years.
Repetition was the golden rule as far as learning to sight read.
By playing the same thing over and over again your body learns to automatically translate the notes on the page to finger movements. In essence you want to establish a reflex. This is no different than baseball players taking tons of batting practice so that they will reflexivly respond properly to a pitch in a real game.

Mel Bay publishes a book on sight reading studies for electric bass.


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