#1
Lately Ive really been trying to learn to read properly, to better understand music. Im in jazz band, and when its rhythm slashes or something, no big deal, but when it comes to sight reading or anything im not as good as I could be. Whats the best way to get better at reading music? I know the notes on the fretboard, I know the notes on the staff, and keys and everything, but its just not... "fluent". I thought about doing the note trainer on Musictheory.net and play all of the notes on the guitar with each note. Is this a good plan? Tips?
#2
It's like the English language..you:

Keep reading it.
And reading it.
And reading it.
And reading it.
And reading it.
And reading it.
And practicing it.
And reading it.
And...


I think you get the point...




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Last edited by Invokke_Havokk at Sep 8, 2009,
#4
Yeah im sure there is no quick fix, are there any excercises or anything you could recommend? And whats the best way to find free sheet music? That seems to be something that keeps me from learning, I can never find anything outside of choral sheet music I already have ( I suppose I can even practice that)
#5
Download guitar pro files, and hide the tab. Sight read songs once, and then try a different song. You have to force yourself to be reading new material in realtime.
#6
Quote by AlskiOverload
Yeah im sure there is no quick fix, are there any excercises or anything you could recommend? And whats the best way to find free sheet music? That seems to be something that keeps me from learning, I can never find anything outside of choral sheet music I already have ( I suppose I can even practice that)



Buy it used, there really is not great free source of sheet music that I know of. Get classical etudes (piano pieces re-arranged for guitar can be hard as hell, but really gratifying if you get em down), and to learn comping, get some Charlie Parker jazz charts. Ask any local music schools/universities what books they would recommend.
#7
Melodic Rhythms book seems to help a lot of people. As far as rhythm reading goes I use drum books and go through the rhythms. With reading melodies though it just comes with lots of practice.
#8
Quote by isaac_bandits
Download guitar pro files, and hide the tab. Sight read songs once, and then try a different song. You have to force yourself to be reading new material in realtime.

Do this, ironically the best source for free sheet music is guitar tab sites.
lol guitar
#9
The best book I have come across is this. It's a hard book to find but gets incredibly challenging at least for guitar players maybe not some horns.

http://www.hornplace.com/TT029.html
Originally posted by arrrgg
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#10
Quote by AlskiOverload
Yeah im sure there is no quick fix, are there any excercises or anything you could recommend? And whats the best way to find free sheet music? That seems to be something that keeps me from learning, I can never find anything outside of choral sheet music I already have ( I suppose I can even practice that)

http://www.musicnotes.com/free/
http://www.mfiles.co.uk/sheet-music.htm
http://www.free-scores.com/index_uk.php3
http://www.abcmusic.net/

also 8notes.com


you really not looking hard enough if you can't find free sheet music.
and you are right. Don't limit yourself to just guitar music. Go for the sax, piano, clarinet, trumpet.

Try reading in different cleffs. FInd some music for bass or viola