Poll: Are You Able To Read Music?
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View poll results: Are You Able To Read Music?
Yes
173 59%
No
65 22%
Learning to do so
53 18%
Voters: 291.
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#1
Just wondering. I imagine it could be pretty difficult learning the more technical songs without it.

I can read rhythm fluently, but I haven't spent as much time on learning the notes, but I can. It just takes me a bit longer. I don't really use the notes, I use the rhythm a lot though.

I don't play any other instrument that requires it, my guitar teacher just recommended learning to do it cuz it'll help, and he was very right.

So, can you read music?
#2
Yes
It's necessary to do so for jazz and classical
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#5
Sort of, but not very well. 'Cuz I'm tryin' to learn keyboard, but that's going very slow.

So I'll vote learning.
#8
I know the notes on the stave but it takes me a while to translate that into something that is useful for me. I think that's because I am more visual (I guess I think of patterns rather than notes).
#9
Ehm, you don't read music. You play music. Duuh.

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#10
yeah, for piano, not my bass - but still pretty slowly
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#11
Yes but not very quickly. I'm more like a 5 year old who is new to reading.
#12
I can read music (as in knowing what different symbols and stuff means), but there's no way in hell I can sight read.
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#13
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yeah, for piano, not my bass - but still pretty slowly

Why can you do it for piano and not bass? Surely piano is much more difficult (reading both staves)?

It's so patronizing trying to learn to do it at first. My guitar teacher would give me nursery rhythms that technically, are piss easy to learn. You could learn them in 30 seconds. But trying to play it from music was damn hard. Quite embarrassing really. Especially if you have a crap ear and can't use that to help.
#14
I could read music when I was playing the Trombone, but I stopped and now I completely forgot how to read it.
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#15
Learned it while I was dabbling in trombone and french horn. Can't seem to get it out of my head.
#17
I can read music, but I can't sight read (play while reading)

I just don't. It was required for me to learn so I understand it, I just dont bother spending a half hour deciphering a riff, and then finding the right octave to play it in - when I can just look at a tab.
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#18
I can read music, but like TS, I find it harder to read notes, but I find reading rhythm a piece of cake.
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#19
I could fluently read already, and this semester I've started taking jazz guitar lessons so I've improved quite a bit on applying what I've learned in my theory classes to the guitar. I just need to commit more time to totally memorizing all the scales over the fretboard and that'll be a big hurdle passed
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#21
I can read bass and treble clefs but have a hard time converting that to guitar. I can read rhythms well and I could apply the bass clef to my old instrument.

But with guitar theres 6 ways to play the same damn thing its annoying
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#22
Yes I can, thanks to those torturous piano lessons I was forced to take when I was little.
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#23
Only a bit and not well at all...
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#30
It's extremely difficult for me to read notes (A, B, C, etc) but the rhythmic values are easier. But I can't count for shit...
#31
Quite fluently on piano, but it takes me much longer to play what I read on guitar.
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#33
Yeah, I need to for Jazz, and I also teach.
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#35
Does anyone else here use their ear for pitches, but uses sheet music for rhythm when unsure?
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#36
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Does anyone else here use their ear for pitches, but uses sheet music for rhythm when unsure?

I feel like I'm better at listening for rhythm and using sheet music/tabs/whatever for pitches.
#38
Kinda. Well enough to read notes and figure out something slowly, but not well enough to sight read.
I find tabs easier, so I'll just stick to them.


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