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Reading

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This competency is characterized by lessons and studies that are designed to help bass players become better at sight-reading standard notation, lead sheets, and chord charts. Reading is a valuable skill far-too-often neglected by many bass players; however, it is vitally important for the bass player to be competent if he/she wants to be hired for gigs or sessions that require it. Another benefit that comes from practicing reading is the enhanced knowledge of the fingerboard resulting from regularly relating notation to corresponding pitch locations on the strings of the bass guitar.

RED101: Reading Basics, Part 1

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Part 1 of the "Reading Basics" series. Introduces foundational music notation concepts and the elements of pulse, rhythm, and meter. This lesson also covers basic notational components such as the staff, bass clef, instrument range, and ledger lines. Also introduces the notes on the staff and their corresponding locations on the bass guitar fingerboard. Recommended for any player wanting to get started with reading on the bass guitar with little or no prior experience reading.

Course Code: RED101

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RED102: Reading Basics, Part 2

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Part 2 of the "Reading Basics" series, continuing where part 1 leaves off. Introduces additional basic reading concepts and components such as measures, barlines, key signatures, time signatures, and accidentals. Recommended for any player that is just getting started with reading. Prerequisite courses: RED101

Course Code: RED102

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RED103: Reading Basics, Part 3

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Part 3 of the "Reading Basics" series, which introduces simple note reading on the staff. Covers whole notes and whole note rests, utilizing exercises played on the E string. Additional exercises are provided in the accompanying notation worksheets which can be used as homework assignments. Recommended for any player that is just getting started with reading. Prerequisite courses: RED101, RED102

Course Code: RED103

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RED104: Reading Basics, Part 4

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Part 4 of the "Reading Basics" series, which continues simple note reading on the staff. Covers half notes and half note rests, utilizing exercises played on the E string and A string. Also features exercises that combine whole note and half note rhythms. Additional exercises are provided in the accompanying notation worksheets which can be used as homework assignments. Recommended for any player that is just getting started with reading. Prerequisite courses: RED101, RED102, RED103

Course Code: RED104

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RED105: Reading Basics, Part 5

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Part 5 of the "Reading Basics" series, which continues simple note reading on the staff. Covers quarter notes and quarter note rests, and introduces notes played on the D string. Includes exercises that combine quarter note, half note and whole note rhythms. Additional exercises are provided in the accompanying notation worksheets which can be used as homework assignments. Recommended for any player that is just getting started with reading. Prerequisite courses: RED101-RED104

Course Code: RED105

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RED200: E String & A String Exercises, Part 1

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Part 1 of a collection of basic reading exercises covering notes on the E and A strings. The exercises are made up of quarter notes only and are aimed at helping the beginning reader gain more familiarity with the notes in open and first position. No accidentals are included in these exercises. Each exercise is demonstrated with two tempos, and students can play along with the video to check accuracy while they read. Recommended for any player that is just getting started with reading notation.

Course Code: RED200

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RED201: E String & A String Exercises, Part 2

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Part 2 of a collection of basic reading exercises covering notes on the E and A strings. The exercises are made up of quarter notes only and are aimed at helping the beginning reader gain more familiarity with the notes in open and first position. No accidentals are included in these exercises. Each exercise is demonstrated with two tempos, and students can play along with the video to check accuracy while they read. Recommended for any player that is just getting started with reading notation.

Course Code: RED201

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RED202: D String & G String Exercises, Part 1

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Part 1 of a collection of basic reading exercises covering notes on the D and G strings. The exercises are made up of quarter notes only and are aimed at helping the beginning reader gain more familiarity with the notes in open and first position. No accidentals are included in these exercises. Each exercise is demonstrated with two tempos, and students can play along with the video to check accuracy while they read. Recommended for any player that is just getting started with reading notation.

Course Code: RED202

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RED203: D String & G String Exercises, Part 2

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Part 2 of a collection of basic reading exercises covering notes on the D and G strings. The exercises are made up of quarter notes only and are aimed at helping the beginning reader gain more familiarity with the notes in open and first position. No accidentals are included in these exercises. Each exercise is demonstrated with two tempos, and students can play along with the video to check accuracy while they read. Recommended for any player that is just getting started with reading notation.

Course Code: RED203

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