Sunday, July 26, 2015

Playing Bass and Reading Notes: One Year Later

I began reading notes in bass clef one year ago in June.  This was after I began taking a "big band" class, an adult education class offered locally.  The band reads music, and I was obligated to learn.  So I began reading notes during my private practice sessions.  It was slow and tedious and not much fun.  However, after several weeks the note reading was getting easier.

Last Thursday, in my band class, I noticed that I was sight reading the notes with about 90% accuracy.  I have come a long way in a year.  The secret is PATIENCE.  There are no shortcuts to learning to read notes.

I  am not where I want to be yet, but I am much closer than I was a year ago.  Where will I be in a year from now?  I smile to think of it.