Bass Lessons: Reading Music
A brief introduction to this bass lesson section.
Should you learn to read music? Looking at the pros and cons.
A quick introduction to reading standard music notation for bass.
How musical pitches are notated in written music.
Printable bass clef notes showing each bass note's fretboard position.
A basic overview of reading rhythm notation with audio examples.
What key signatures are and how they are notated in music.
What time signatures mean and how they work.
Understand how bass tab notation works.
An explanation of my own version of bass tab found on this site.
Tips on practicing sightreading for bass.
Understand what a tied note is, how ties work, and how to play them.
Understanding repeats and multiple endings in written music.
Understanding how chord symbols are notated and used in music notation as well as the bassist's use of chord symbols.
Chords like G/B that are essential for bass players to understand and address.