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Continuing my series of exercises and worksheets on sight-reading based on my book How to Read Music Easily in 30 Days, this week we have a bass clef exercise worksheet to help build your skills in the lower register.
In this exercise you will practice the notes of the bass clef. The exercise is designed to get you to read the notes as well as introduce the intervals of 2nds and 3rds. If you do not know the notes of the bass clef watch Lesson 3 – Bass Clef and then come back.
The example in this exercise is in the mode of A aeolian, a musical mode also known as a natural minor scale.
Here are the instructions:
In this exercise you will work through five different levels of sight-reading ability. Start by clicking here to download this exercise as a PDF. You may wish to print four copies of the music sheet for the exercise. As you play the exercise remember to take the repeat at the end. The exercise ends on the whole note in the last measure.
Things to keep in my as you read and play through the exercise:
- Play at a steady tempo. Regardless of how fast you are able to play the exercise, steadiness of tempo is the most important aspect of sight-reading.
- Use a metronome as you play. If you do not have one use an online metronome listed on the resources page at: http://oneminutemusiclesson.com/resources/
- Tap your foot in Levels 1 and 2. However, do not tap your foot in Levels 3 through 5. Also be aware if your body is pulsing with the beat. Are you nodding your head? Try to remain still in your body movements beyond Level 2.
- Begin with Level 1. Work your way trough each level one at a time.
- If you have any questions or experience difficulty email then directly to Leon Harrell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Level 1: Write in all the letter names of the notes with a pencil. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 60.
Level 2: Write in only the letter names of the first note in each measure. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 60.
Level 3: Write in only the letter names of the first note in each line, or system of the music. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 70.
Level 4: Don’t write in any letter names. Read ahead by one note as you play the music. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 70.
Level 5: Don’t write in any letter names. Read ahead by one measure as you play the music. Play the exercise on your instrument at a tempo of quarter note equals 80.
If you enjoyed this type of blog post, please let me know in the comments below. I will continue to create more exercises like this one if it seems like many of you enjoy them.
Finally, if you want to improve your music reading ability with a structured method check out my book How to Read Music Easily in 30 Days
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