I have a good grasp of theory and am able to read music, but I want to take my sight reading to the next level. At the moment, I'm just working through the real book, and trying to read a little every day. I wonder if anybody has a recommendation for a method book that they are particularly fond of. Or perhaps not a book, but some other resource. I fully understand that sight reading traditional sheet music for guitar - perhaps especially for jazz - is a lofty goal, and will take more than spending $20 on a book, but I wonder if there are any real mavens out there for a particular book or resource that might have aided the process.

Thanks all!

  • A recommendation is to join a group of like minded musos, and use some sessions to read through real/fake book stuff together. That's when the sightreading proves itself! – Tim Oct 18 '16 at 16:59
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the help center states that questions should not be about "requesting external resources (questions should be specific and answerable on this site; external links are for references and supporting material)." – jdjazz Apr 8 '18 at 0:05

Concerning sight-reading, a classic resource for (jazz) guitar are the books by William Leavitt (Berklee Press):

  1. Reading Studies for Guitar: Positions One Through Seven and Multi-Position Studies in All Keys
  2. Melodic Rhythms for Guitar
  3. Advanced Reading Studies for Guitar: Guitar Technique (Advanced Reading: Guitar)

The advantage of such books compared to just playing through the Real Book is that the exercises build on one another, from easy (simple rhythms, single position, no or few accidentals, single key) to difficult (complex rhythms, multiple positions, many accidentals, key changes, etc.). But of course it's possible to learn reading by just sight-reading everything you come across. Especially as a beginner you will profit more from dedicated books. As soon as you're a bit advanced, you can improve by simply practicing with any material you have at hand.

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  • The first book listed was great for me and used in one of the intermediate Berklee classes. – blusician Oct 19 '16 at 8:22
  • Appreciate the responses! – kevinthedavis Oct 19 '16 at 20:13

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