Poll: Can You Read Music?
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View poll results: Can You Read Music?
Yes
191 75%
No
65 25%
Voters: 256.
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#4
Quote by FlyingPirahna
Very, very slowly.

This.
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#5
I can but I haven't had to in a very long time, at least not sight-reading or anything. I know my way around a stave though, for sure.
#6
I can, fairly well. I can only attribute it to piano playing though. I know absolutely no guitar theory.
#7
I played trombone in high school, but I probably couldn't read a lick now.
#8
Yes. Well, I can for piano anyway. Guitar has so many different tuning possibilities I never saw the use.
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#9
I'm pretty slow, but yes.
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#10
Yes, but not well. I wish I could sight read for guitar aswell with music notation, that would be really handy.
#12
Decently. I can't sight read on any instruments, but I can analyze sheet music at a decent pace for theory.
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#13
I can read it, and I understand it, but I'm having issues with the whole "look at it, know what it sounds like straight away" aspect. I'm working on it.
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#14
Yup, only bass clef though. And I can't sightread well at all.
#16
Yeah, although reading chords at a quick tempo can get stressful.

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#17
Quote by mtshark
Bass cleft yes, treble cleft no.


I'm kind of the opposite; treble clef I don't even have to think about now wheras with bass clef I sometimes have to think twice, especially if said note is on a line and not on a space.

Any flat notes that occur on a bass clef, I am very, very slow in figuring them out.

need more practice.
#19
Quote by FlyingPirahna
Very, very slowly.
This.

I understand it, it's just that I never use it, so I've never became experienced in reading it.
#20
Quote by Doctor Matthews
Yes. Quite well for piano and clarinet, but I can't read guitar music.

um, sheet music is sheet music, they don't make different sheets for the guitar (aside from tab, which is generally considered much much easier than sheet music)
#22
i never learned ALL of the notes on guitar. i can look at them and figure out in like 2 seconds, but if you name a note and a string i could figure out what fret it was instantly. so this kinda takes the point out of sheet music, so i just use tabs. tabs are more common and easier anyways. i mean its not like youll find sheet music for tornado of souls
#23
Quote by z4twenny
um, sheet music is sheet music, they don't make different sheets for the guitar (aside from tab, which is generally considered much much easier than sheet music)


I don't know why but reading tabs give me a headache...I much prefer sheet music
#24
Quote by z4twenny
um, sheet music is sheet music, they don't make different sheets for the guitar (aside from tab, which is generally considered much much easier than sheet music)

Yeah I know, what I mean is I can read the music, but I sure as hell won't be able to play it on guitar.

I'll be all like "That's a middle C, there's a Dm chord," but I'll have no idea where on the fingerboard to play those specific notes/chords.
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#25
Yeah, but I can't sight read to save my life.
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#26
Quote by justaramsfan
I don't know why but reading tabs give me a headache...I much prefer sheet music


Depends entirely on of the style of guitar that you're playing. Would you prefer a section like this in sheet music form? I don't think so man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANrOy5woLBE

Tabs are designed for guitar players, sheet music primarily for classical musicians and composers.
#27
Quote by rickyj
i never learned ALL of the notes on guitar. i can look at them and figure out in like 2 seconds, but if you name a note and a string i could figure out what fret it was instantly. so this kinda takes the point out of sheet music, so i just use tabs. tabs are more common and easier anyways. i mean its not like youll find sheet music for tornado of souls



download the guitar pro file and select the sheet music button?
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#28
i can read at a fair pace (wouldn't really call it sight-reading, though) for treble and bass clef. alto clef i need to stop and think, but that's because i don't use it unless i'm writing for viola.
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#29
Quote by Echohead
Depends entirely on of the style of guitar that you're playing. Would you prefer a section like this in sheet music form? I don't think so man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANrOy5woLBE


Hmm...probably not, but I'd still prefer to have the sheet music so I could notate my own fingerings. I hate how tabs can't tell you rhythm, and they're hard to follow along with...not to mention having to waste my time looking at my guitar to find a fret #

And, let's be honest, I'd rarely ever need to play that

EDIT: Sheet music is for musicians...tabs are for shortcuts (in my opinion)
Last edited by justaramsfan at Jun 18, 2010,
#30
I can read bass clef as if my life depended on it. Treble clef though, it'll take me a little longer but I can get it.

EDIT:
Quote by z4twenny
um, sheet music is sheet music, they don't make different sheets for the guitar (aside from tab, which is generally considered much much easier than sheet music)


It's funny you say that, because Clarinet reads in key of Bb, while guitar reads in C.

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#31
Quote by justaramsfan
Hmm...probably not, but I'd still prefer to have the sheet music so I could notate my own fingerings. I hate how tabs can't tell you rhythm, and they're hard to follow along with...not to mention having to waste my time looking at my guitar to find a fret #

And, let's be honest, I'd rarely ever need to play that


Reading the rhythm for something like that with sheet music would only most likely make matters worse, is what I'm saying. Tabs were originally designed for the guitar, so why would you want to use sheet-music instead? You know, for a guitar piece.
#33
I can read it for guitar, and Im working on it for keyboards.
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#34
Treble clef - slowly
Bass clef - no
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#36
I can't sight read given that I haven't had occasion to read music in about 3 years, but I can still read it. I'd imagine it'd take me ages now
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#37
Yes, but slowly, because I'm not used to read it anymore. I learned how to read like 10 years ago when I was playing flute at school and keyboard at home.
#38
Quote by Echohead
Reading the rhythm for something like that with sheet music would only most likely make matters worse, is what I'm saying. Tabs were originally designed for the guitar, so why would you want to use sheet-music instead?


Tabs are just a cluster of numbers...maybe it's just me, but I can WAY more easily play a scale when the notes are thrown in front of me, then just a bunch of 1/3/0/2/4. It just takes me longer, I have to count frets, feel my own rhythm, follow the lines to know when I skip to another string, etc...it's just annoying--and in my opinion, tab's were designed to give guitar players a shortcut so they wouldn't have to learn to read music
#39
i can read treble and bass clef with no problem =] and for everyone else, sight reading isn't hard. you just gotta start with the slow easy music and work up to harder stuff
#40
I can tell you the name of any note on the staff as well as how long to hold it for and just about every other piece of information one could grasp from the sheet music. Ask me to translate it to the guitar and i have a problem.
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