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Old 12-27-2012, 07:14 AM   #1
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Sight Reading Book?

A while a go an old tutor of mine recommended a book for learning to sight read for bass, but annoyingly I can't remember the name of it and I can't contact him.

There are quite a few on Amazon, so I was wondering if there's a particular one you guys would recommend. I was also told to look into the whole Bach cello thing, again there are quite a few books for that out there. Inspired by Jaco I presume, a lot of bass players seem to be into it.

I'm not sure I could ever be a professional reading bass player, but I'd like to give it a go and put in an hour a day!
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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What I've always been told (by the teachers I've had for all the instruments I've learned) is that the best way to learn to sightread is to practice it. So really anything that has parts of a medium difficulty to you would be a great place to start. Especially if they're songs you don't know.

One way to go about it could be to go to the "Songs you need to learn" threads here, pick one of the EZ ones (or MD if you're game or it's an easier genre) and download a Guitar Pro tab from here on UG. Disable the tab view so you have to read the notation and just play the song through at full speed, no stopping. Do this until you get it, then get another song and repeat. You should hopefully get to the point where you make few to no mistakes first time, at which point you are probably starting to sight read quite well. Move to a harder difficulty, and keep going until you're happy with it.

P.S. if you don't have guitar pro then download TuxGuitar, I think it can disable tab view still.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:58 PM   #3
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For books--get Hal Leonard's bass method (Vol I - III) combined. They don't even discuss tabs until well into the end of the first volume. Its broken down into chapters that would lend itself to a one hour a day practice routine.

If you really wanted to throw yourself to the wolves, you could get a Simandl book for upright bass as well.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:44 AM   #5
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I found it for anyone interested.

It's called 'Reading Contempoary Electric Bass' by Rich Appleman of Berklee.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:03 PM   #6
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Just read all the music if you can get hold of. Every little bit.
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Originally Posted by ChucklesMginty
I'm not sure I could ever be a professional reading bass player, but I'd like to give it a go and put in an hour a day!

Unless you've problems, with practice and I mean practice you'll eventually become a proficient reader.
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