Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Simple Steps To Sight Reading Course?
Simple Steps To Sight Reading is the ultimate guide to reading music on bass guitar. It is a multimedia course using a combination of video lessons, PDF workbooks and MP3 backing tracks to provide the most comprehensive, step-by-step approach to sight reading available today.
What level of player is the course aimed at?
The complete course is aimed at any player from beginner to advanced level. Many advanced bass players are lacking in this very specialized area of playing so the number of playing years and experience is irrelevant. If you cannot read music – you cannot read music and this course serves to take you from the absolute basics of reading through to an advanced professional level whatever your standard.
Volume 2 of the course is intended for readers with an intermediate level of ability.
What Will I Learn?
Volume 2 of the course steps into an intermediate level of reading by introducing many new aspects of music notation.
In terms of pitch, we move through several keys up to a total of 4 sharps and flats. We also look at Minor keys, double sharps and flats and venture further up the fretboard so we can read all the way from open string to 12th fret.
From a rhythmic standpoint, we progress onto 8th notes (including rests and ties), triplets, swing feel, multiple new time signatures including compound time signatures such as 12/8 and 6/8.
As well as the pitch and rhythm lessons, we also look at many music markings and symbols such as grace notes, slurs, staccato marks and much more!
How Long Are The Lessons?
The lesson lengths vary but Volume’s 1 and 2 have a combined video length of over 15 hours! Plenty of material to keep you practicing for weeks, months or years.
How is the course presented? Do I Download Anything?
The course is hosted on the Talkingbass website so there are no video files to download. There is a lesson material zip file containing all of the course material arranged in appropriate folders.