Welcome, Guest ( Login )

Essential Secrets 46: Sightread Every Day

30 March 2018

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 46:
Sightread Every Day

--

Mastering Printed Music

--

Many bass players are worried that their sightreading skills are not strong enough. They feel ill at ease whenever they have to read music. Yet, sightreading is seldom made a regular part of their practicing.

Reading music is a touchy subject for bassists. Many bass players feel that tablature is adequate for all their needs. And, tab (which shows you which frets to play on which string) is undoubtedly the best method for playing notes immediately and figuring out very advanced bass lines.

But, what will you do if you need to learn a song you’ve never heard before or if you get asked to play a gig that uses sheet music? To be ready for these situations, spend a little time at each practice session reading music.

Start your journey to reading mastery with a lead sheet, the type of chart you see in fake books. These charts have measures of music with a chord symbol above each bar. At first, focus on playing just the root of each chord, keeping your eyes on the page, counting constantly, and knowing where you are in the chart at all times.

If you’re already comfortable following a chord chart, work on reading standard notation by following the melody on the lead sheet. (Be sure to buy a fake book with the melodies in bass clef!) Play very slowly, identify the name of each note, and find the notes on your fingerboard. Before you can do this successfully, you may need to review note names and their locations on both the fretboard and in the music staff.

Much like speaking a foreign language, sightreading is a “use it or lose it” skill. So, keep some sightreading materials in your practice area and take a look at them at every practice session. Just a couple minutes a day is all it takes.



Books by David Motto:



THE TEN MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
THE TEN MINUTE
BASS VIRTUOSO
-EBOOK/PDF-
ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS -- COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-



IN THE SPOTLIGHT

ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING
STUDIES FOR BASS
3-VOLUME SET
-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-
These three books from David Motto make up one of the great sightreading resources of all time. Available singly or as a set, in print or ebook form, with accompanying audio.

EBOOKS

Save time and money (and reduce your carbon footprint!). Order books and transcriptions in easy-to-download PDF form. Read them on a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, and print out pages as you wish.

Click here to check out our full list of EBOOKS (over 160 titles)

Click here for EBOOK download info and instructions

OUR NEWSLETTER

Sign up for our newsletter, THE LOWDOWN, and get the word on new products and happenings.


Preferred Email Format:


Your email address will be securely stored by MailChimp, our e-newsletter processor, and will never be shared with anyone, for any reason, period.

View the current issue of
THE LOWDOWN
.

BUY MORE AND SAVE

We offer discounts based on the number of titles purchased in a single order. You will see the discounts automatically applied during checkout.
3-5
5% off
6-9
10% off
10 or more
15% off
PLEASE NOTE:
Discounts apply to merchandise only, not shipping fees.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

BASSIST'S GUIDE TO INJURY MANAGEMENT
THE BASSIST'S GUIDE
TO INJURY
MANAGEMENT,
PREVENTION AND
BETTER HEALTH

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-

Bass player Dr. Randall Kertz examines common and not so common problems that the musician may encounter during practice or performing situations. You need this book.

GETTING STARTED

Just learning your way around the bass? We'll start you right.

Click here to see all our Beginners titles.

PLAY BASS TODAY
PLAY BASS TODAY
Teach yourself to play bass guitar at your own pace. Includes CD with instruction and backing tracks.

BEGINNING ELECTRIC BASS
BEGINNING
ELECTRIC BASS
Part one of a three-part series, this book introduces music theory, scales and chords. Learn to build cool bass lines.

Click here to see all our Beginners titles.

LET'S GET SOCIAL


Facebook Twitter




Perfect Pitch Ear Training Course





A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
0 Item(s)
US$0.00