​​​​Reading Music

Reading can really help your general musicianship and it's great for self-learners. It's also such a useful skill for gigs and learning new music fast. Learn how to read notes, chord charts and more in these lessons.

Reading Music On The Bass Guitar: The Very Basics - Reading Exercises

Reading Music On The Bass Guitar: The Very Basics – Reading Exercises

Here are some exercises for you with and without TAB. Only refer to the TAB if you get stuck. The point here is to wean yourself off the TAB so you can practice all the elements of reading music by yourself. Standing In The Shadows of Motown is a great book for more reading practice

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Reading Music On The Bass Guitar: The Very Basics - Rhythms And Rests

Reading Music On The Bass Guitar: The Very Basics – Rhythms And Rests

Rhythms and RestsWe have already looked at what the notes are called and how to find them on the fretboard. The appearance of the note tells you how long to play that note for. It tells you the rhythm to be played. So notes + rhythm = reading music. There are a few other things

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Reading Music On The Bass Guitar: The Very Basics - Counting

Reading Music On The Bass Guitar: The Very Basics – Counting

Counting We are getting to the business end now where we can a) name notes on the stave, b) find them on the bass and c) recognise different rhythms. Watch this lesson first for a recap: Reading Music On The Bass Guitar: The Very Basics – Note Names And Locations. Each one of those things is quite

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Reading Music On The Bass Guitar: The Very Basics - Note Names And Locations

Reading Music On The Bass Guitar: The Very Basics – Note Names And Locations

Forget the fact that you can get more work as a pro if you read, there are so many great reasons to learn. If you play with a band that has sheet music/charts, you can slot right in without a rehearsal. You can learn from books that contain music (even non bass guitar books). You

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How to Quickly Make Lifesaving Charts for Gigs

I’ve long been a fan of reading music off actual real paper but the more I started seeing musicians bring iPads to gigs the more curious I became. Eventually, I joined the dark side and it’s been a revelation. This post will highlight my method of creating charts quickly and for free (after the initial outlay

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