TBF i only play pop and rock songs..i play to words first and then remove them..Ive not heard of the song..sorry just different strokes..I'm talking about the rhythm of the melody part itself. For some songs it's rather important (eg "Fascinating Rhythm"). How is that covered by drums, strings etc?
Im not normalizing it..i joined a thread that was discussing it thats all..I do read music i have to.. I just dont play to scores. No need for meEveryone that I know can read music. I understand that not reading music is your choice, but please don’t normalize it to the world. Your path is a difficult one that makes a goal of mastery a tortuous one.
When the times right and if i have to i will..I read dots but will have to sort out rhythm..I have come across players that can't read and some were excellent players, quite a few of them had relative pitch and some had perfect pitch hearing, but non that followed Eddie's way of reading but whatever works is fine it's all music at the end of the day, but you have to deal with the limitations at some time in your musical journey if you want to go down the path of playing in some situations.
I am learning and do read..the reason i transfer it is to condense the score and for me navigation is easier. Also trouble withbthe size ofvthe dots..for me its just easier.@thomsax , the only reason I dredged reading back up was a recent post from another beginner who said they didn’t want to learn to read. I was just trying to convince them that they should. I realize Eddie will never need to read charts. But it would save him the trouble of writing his own. That dead horse has been thoroughly beaten.
I admit that I rely very heavily on reading due to the nature of my gigs. I have to play hundreds of different charts all the time, many of which I never see until the downbeat at the gig. And of those, most are inner harmony parts that make no logical sense which makes them more difficult to memorize. So why bother memorizing hundreds of weird parts I may never play again?
I stand by my recommendation for any beginner to learn to read.
But tbf Pete repetition playing to the track and looking at my scores is just the sameNeeding to read and the usefulness of being able to read are two very different things. Obviously one needs to read to do gigs that require that ability, but the other aspect is the time you can save and the added value that it gives your practicing. If you ever want to memorise a tune, then one very important tool is the ability to read music because it allows you to internally visualise, or virtually "hear" the music just by looking at the notation.
Somewhere else it was said that when music is memorised, 9 times out of 10 you play it better. Although that may not apply to those who have memorised the music but want the notation there "just in case" - so then the confidence of knowing you could have a quick glance if you forgot something may help you.
But if you rely on reading note names then it is a method that is big waste of time and can really hold you back in terms of musicality.
Solo saxophonists as oppossed to groups i guessThe way Eddie plays suits him but he has said that he wants to play with other musicians in bands and also in workshops,
the problem he has is that without reading skills there is zero opportunity for him to realise his ambition.
In 45 years of playing I have never come across this way of playing, everyone I have played with in bands have had some level of reading ability.
I do read i have to transpose and transfer onto my lyric sheet..it makes navigating easier and the fonts biggerThe limitations I was thinking of were more of the non reader not being able to do big band or other situations where reading was necessary.
It's not a mental block. The notes written are the transposed notes..point taken re visual patterns or contour of the melody. I completely understand the importance of reading and when the time is right will prioritise it..As with reading music notation - ie once you have learned the song. My point above was that using conventional notation is a much quicker way to learn music because you have the immediate visual cue such as the contour of the melody and the rhythmic notation and spacing.
But I do understand that note names work if you have a mental block against the concept of learning to read music. But it is like training wheels on a bike - ideally you give them up as soon as you can in order to develop the more useful skills.