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Old 10-04-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Learning to read music tablature

Hey guys.

I have started uni and really wanna join the big band but have no experience in reading music, so went down to the rehearsal and got my ass kicked trying to play along with bass tablature and ended up just following chord symbols! Does anyone know any good resources for learning how to read, maybe somewhere you can get the sheets and then play along to the music? thanks!

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Old 10-04-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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Hey guys.

I have started uni and really wanna join the big band but have no experience in reading music, so went down to the rehearsal and got my ass kicked trying to play along with bass tablature and ended up just following chord symbols! Does anyone know any good resources for learning how to read, maybe somewhere you can get the sheets and then play along to the music? thanks!

music tablature or music notation? i think you mean notation, and i dont know a website for it, but this is not a day or two kind of thing, it takes a lot of time.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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take a music theory class. they usually teach you how to read notation if its an intro class
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:01 PM   #4
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(GBDFA) are the lines of the bass clef.
FACE are the spaces of the bass clef.

I find that reading a note and then translating what fret to push down is the harder part.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:09 PM   #5
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FACE are the spaces of the bass clef.



ACEG are the spaces of the bass clef.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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ACEG are the spaces of the bass clef.

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Old 10-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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(GBDFA) are the lines of the bass clef.
FACE are the spaces of the bass clef.

I find that reading a note and then translating what fret to push down is the harder part.

but isnt that a particular case of a certain key? maybe the most commonly used but not always the case.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:53 PM   #8
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but isnt that a particular case of a certain key? maybe the most commonly used but not always the case.

Notes don't change their positions on a staff. The key signature denotes the key, and accidentals are there to raise or lower individual notes, but the notes themselves don't change places in a given clef.

Its not like tabs where the note positions can change with different tunings. Think of the keys on a piano, middle C is always middle C. You can play in whatever key you want, but the keys on the keyboard don't change around.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:39 PM   #9
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ACEG are the spaces of the bass clef.



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But yes, ACEG.

Sorry about that.
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Notes don't change their positions on a staff. The key signature denotes the key, and accidentals are there to raise or lower individual notes, but the notes themselves don't change places in a given clef.

Its not like tabs where the note positions can change with different tunings. Think of the keys on a piano, middle C is always middle C. You can play in whatever key you want, but the keys on the keyboard don't change around.

Yea I meant Clef XD I translated it from french, my bad XD
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:51 AM   #11
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As previously stated, it's not a two or three day thing. If you want to read from sight (playing something written on a pentagram without having practived it before) you've got a long, long way to go. If you just want to understand what is written on a pentagram, that isn't complicated, but at first you'll something like need 10 seconds per note to know where to fret (may sound exaggerated, but when you start learning, it's like that). I've found that you start working rythm with a whole different perspective when you start reading music, so i highly recommend it. Oh, and this process will be slower if you don't know the fretboard by memory. It'll help if that's the case, though.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:30 AM   #12
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Get ahold of Hal Leonards bass method. They actually don't even mention tabs until late in the game and force you to, in very easily digestible lessons to learn Bass Clef and standard notation.

Like anything else, it's a matter of practice.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:47 PM   #13
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I recommend just getting a beginner bass methods book. Work through that, then pick up a simandl book. It's a technique book for upright bass, but it has a lot of scalar exercises that reinforce reading note in different ways. (unless someone knows a better book for this)
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:54 AM   #14
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If you've never read standard notation, I'd think a Simandl book would be like handing someone War and Peace when they're really just ready for "The Cat in the Hat".

Simandl is the torture all of us upright players put ourselves through because we have to.
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If you've never read standard notation, I'd think a Simandl book would be like handing someone War and Peace when they're really just ready for "The Cat in the Hat".

Simandl is the torture all of us upright players put ourselves through because we have to.

I suggested the beginner method book first because they at least go through notes up to around middle C. I like the Simandl because it shows enharmonic ways of reading things.
Meh. I was beat tired when I made that post anyways.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:46 AM   #16
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I learned low to read notation when I was in 7th grade, because I took band. It deff takes some time to get up to par on reading the note and playing it at the same time. But it is super handy to know.
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