JIM'S THOUGHTS ON READING

 

"Reading music is one of my passions.  As a young bass player I felt a need to learn to read so I could be prepared for any gig.  Because of my ability to read, I quickly established myself as a professional and always had work."

Reading Music - Beginner                      intermediate       advanced 

Start here on your reading journey.

1. Reading In Bass Clef is the first reading book I wrote.  This is a book for the beginner reader.  Most players who are wanting to learn to read choose books that are too difficult. 

Follow The Book Integrated Reading Technique is a downloadale series of five minute video lesson for every example in the book.

2.  Integrated Reading Technique is a newer version of Reading In Bass Clef.  It starts from the beginning and progresses gradually to quite difficult.  There are audio tracks of every example in the book available for purchase from my Downloadables site:

 http://www.stinnettmusicdownloadables.com/Stinnett_Music_Downloadables/practice_cds.html

"It is always a good idea to continue working with simple material.  I call this level one practice.  Reading level one material allows you to focus on additional aspects of your playing; hand posture, shifts, tone, dynamics, tempo, and articulations."

4. Reading Level Two Material and Sight Reading Book Two would be a logical next step.    

5. At this point it is common to branch out into a specific style, or area of reading.  

Choose your areas of interest from the links here:

Reading Motown

Reading Jazz

Reading Technique

Reading Funk, Reading Rock 

Duets For Electric Basses

Ensemble Reading

Reading Odd Meters

Reading Treble Clef

Rhythm Studies