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Old 12-03-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Sight reading chords?

I recently bought Berklee's Modern Method for Guitar to practice sight reading, and a few pages in im already having trouble sight reading the chords...

what can i do to make this process easier?
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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Practice. That's it.

Studying diatonic harmony will help you recognize patterns, but ultimately it just takes time.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:25 AM   #3
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Learn your common chord shapes and your drop 2 chords
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:13 PM   #4
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so im assuming that this is one of those things that you'll learn with practice and practice alone...

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:16 PM   #5
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uh, that's pretty much what learning is

practicing and assessing and understanding the information until processing it is second-nature

there's not a short-cut for learning calculus or to do parkour or wikihow would be a hell of a lot less stupid of a site, so why would it be any different with music?
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:12 PM   #6
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slow down. I believe sight reading should be fluent. To do this we need to be able to practice at a variety of tempos.
%download lilypond from www.lilypond.org
%and copy and paste the following for sight reading chord study in open position
\version "2.14.2"


}
\relative c' {


< c e g c e>2
< c e g c e>4
< c e g c e>4
%2
< a e' a c e>8
< a e' a c e>8
< a e' a c e>8
< a e' a c e>8
< a e' a c e>4
< a e' a c e>4
%3
<d a' d f> 4
<d a' d f> 4
< g, b d g b g'>4
< g b d g b g'>4
%4
< c e g c e>2
< g b d g b g'>4
< g b d g b g'>4
%5
<c e g c e>1


}
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:36 PM   #7
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I recently bought Berklee's Modern Method for Guitar to practice sight reading, and a few pages in im already having trouble sight reading the chords...

what can i do to make this process easier?


It's sort of a cheat, but with the diatonic chords, if you know your key, all you have to do is recognize the root of the chord, because a diatonic chord will be three notes stacked on adjacent lines/spaces in the staff.

Well, with the basic voicings, at least.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:54 AM   #8
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It's sort of a cheat, but with the diatonic chords, if you know your key, all you have to do is recognize the root of the chord, because a diatonic chord will be three notes stacked on adjacent lines/spaces in the staff.

Well, with the basic voicings, at least.


that doesn't really work, because chords played on guitar often do not have the root in the bass.

the ones in the berklee modern method book are no exception.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:59 AM   #9
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I recently bought Berklee's Modern Method for Guitar to practice sight reading, and a few pages in im already having trouble sight reading the chords...

what can i do to make this process easier?

Practice reading triads in root position and all inversions. Treble staff only.

Get familiar with bass clef. Then study SATB arrangements of chords.

Practice.
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