Sight Reading For Bass Guitar

2017-11-01T15:38:57+00:00August 28th, 2015|Categories: Reading Music|19 Comments

This lesson is taken from Module 4 of the Bassic Fundamentals course and provides an introduction to the basic principles of sight reading on Bass.

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  1. trevor french August 29, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Excellent lesson. The point about keeping it easy is particulary good. If you want to write your own notation download musescore a free notation programme on your laptop or desktop

  2. Martin o,brien August 29, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Great lesson mark. This is exactly what I need to help me with reading. I’m looking forward to the sight reading coarse

  3. MarkJSmith August 29, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Thanks Trevor. Yes, Musescore is great. I use Finale and, occasionally, Sibelius but Musescore is a great free alternative. I use it on my Linux laptop rather than using Wine with my other packages.

  4. phemmie August 31, 2015 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Great lesson, thanks Mark you are really great

  5. Andrea Poscetti September 1, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

    This lesson cleared a lot of doubts I had on sight reading, now I feel I’m on the right way to get to it. I’m an experienced player, but always struggled with this. I’m looking forward to the course. Thanks Mark, great work!

  6. John Page September 2, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark, great lesson for getting me started reading bass clef and finding the notes – thanks! I have one question – you say that the fingering should be starting from the second fret (except for the low F) and the lesson material talks about “First Position”. I’m confused what First Position actually means – is it based on the fret number or is there some other definition of First Position, Second Position etc?

  7. jam September 14, 2015 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    thank you for the lessons that you are sharing its very very easy to understand and its very basic…thank you and God Bless you and may your lessons help other bass players like myself…..

  8. jam September 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    thank you for the lessons that you’ve shared its very easy to understand and its very basic…thank you and God Bless you and may your lessons help other bass players like myself…..

  9. Cliff Smith November 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to the sight reading course Mark, I’m learning to read music after 30 years playing by ear.

  10. Brent Forsyth February 20, 2016 at 6:29 am - Reply

    It looks like I’m going to have to learn music again. I used to play flute. We worked with the Treble. So the scale changed on me. The bass’s D note on the treble is a B. Had that feeling something like this would happen. I realize I could just adjust a bass cleft into a treble on paper and it might be easier for me seeing I’m used to the Treble scale. I see this will be interesting. I’ve just known the Treble since 6th grade and here I am 42. I see this I going to be fun.

  11. Marco Fakoly March 15, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Great lesson thkx Mark for evrything your doing for us.
    I´m gonna be best just for you.

  12. Bear Hansen July 30, 2016 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I wish I had seen this 15 years ago! On a 5 string would the notes of the B strong be on ledger lines below the low E? Enjoy these lessons so much, thanks Mark!

  13. Bear Hansen July 30, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Oops B string! Well it is strong too!

  14. Harrison October 5, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Today the start of PDF does not match this lesson, the least is you say 70 BPM and the PDF is 80, and you say you are doing two notes,starting on E, but the PDF starts out G, E, G, F. Lots of good ideas, except our checking our note against what we hear you play. You do so much stuff this was bound to happen sooner or later. Even II have made a mistake, it was back in 73….or maybe 84, something with a 6 in it I think. Maybe 16, I would ask the dog, she is good with dates, but she is napping right now.I will get back to you.

  15. Grant Pureveen December 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Great lesson Mark

  16. Jasmine Haynes March 21, 2017 at 5:54 am - Reply

    I found this very beneficial. u never fail to teach me!

  17. Andy Holman February 4, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Love the preamble
    don’t know if my dislexic will alow me to site read with a band, but you made the dots on the page less frightaning

  18. Dean Worsley February 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I realise this is an old lesson but I’m a new bass player, only picked it up originally to help a couple of blokes jamming and now I’m loving it. I’ve played sax and bagpipes, these guys on the treble clef and until this lesson I was all sorts of confused about the difference. Now I just move the scale down one whole line and presto, I can read the notes!

    Awesome teaching method Mark, thanks so much for Talking Bass, brilliant.

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