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Jul
12
comment Importance of sight reading for non-professional jazz guitarists?
thanks! I hadn't ever heard the term "a-vista" reading. It seems like a good distinction to make though. It seems perfectly reasonable to assume that I'd be able to read music in "less than real time". Essentially I'm able to do this translation now, but it's so painfully slow that it's not practical. I guess it's worth improving my reading skills a bit, at least to the point where it's not painfully slow :)
Jul
12
comment Importance of sight reading for non-professional jazz guitarists?
Thanks @M. Werner, my focus so far has been about internalizing the theory. I happen to be a math guy, so I eat up the theory when it's presented to me, but it's hard to get the theory to become natural when I'm playing. It feels like a huge jump and I haven't made it quite yet :) I think I'm confused about your second statement though.
Jul
12
comment Importance of sight reading for non-professional jazz guitarists?
I think that's a good point about reading as a means to learn new songs. As a non-professional, I probably won't really need to learn new melodies on the spot, but I'd hope to be able to follow most chord progressions if someone threw a fake book at me...
Jul
12
comment Importance of sight reading for non-professional jazz guitarists?
thanks! I should have been more clear, I meant mostly 3-4-5tests rather than big bands :) So that's comforting! I'd love to be able to hold my own in informal gigs, probably just the standards... Of course, getting familiar with enough of the standards is a large task in itself :)