Reading sheet music
Tagged: Using Onsong for fiddle songs
April 21, 2021 at 8:05 PM #88635Great ScottModerator
I’m just curious:
Who here at BGD can read sheet music?
Who here simply relies on tablature?April 21, 2021 at 8:11 PM #88636cricketParticipant
No sheet music for me. I can read tab, but don’t like to…I mainly like to just see where somebody’s fingers go.April 21, 2021 at 8:26 PM #88639FrederickParticipant
I read sheet music.April 21, 2021 at 11:53 PM #88647goettjpParticipant
I can read sheet music, albeit, slowly.
I generally transfer a new tune to learn into tabs, which I can sight-read.April 22, 2021 at 12:01 AM #88648fiddlewoodParticipant
I can read either but prefer notation by far.April 22, 2021 at 1:09 AM #88649Hakan LindholmParticipant
I read sheet music.
I switched over a few years back, before that I only used tab. I found that very limited so I decided to learn how to read sheet music. To my surprice it was quite easy and took me only a few weeks to get used to it. (I have posted my experience and process with that here on BGD earlier). It opens up a new dimension with all new music available and that one can play from.April 22, 2021 at 12:44 PM #88652IcebikeParticipant
I can read sheet music. It is the easiest way for me to learn the basics of a tune. I find that I don’t really play the tune well, however, until I have it memorized and can put the sheet music aside. Then it starts to flow and I can improvise. I’ve never been able to learn by ear. JoeApril 22, 2021 at 3:53 PM #88653SalenahaasParticipant
sheet music and tablature both.April 22, 2021 at 7:38 PM #88654Great ScottModerator
Thanks so much everyone for your great replies.
I learned to read sheet music from a very early age, (self-taught and mostly arrangements for piano). And then I had a long hiatus from music for a number of years. Tried learning the guitar but it just didn’t work for me. When I began learning to play the fiddle back around 2014, I found it easier to use either tablature or simply play by ear. Even now, although I rarely play the fiddle, I find it easier (almost instinctive) to play by ear when playing the fiddle. But for playing the piano, I’d definitely use sheet music to play other composer’s music. For my own comps, I play them by ear ( Left ear bass, right ear melody). And gee, do they get sore after a while. As Hakan said, reading sheet music opens up a whole new dimension.April 23, 2021 at 8:08 PM #88662fiddlewoodParticipant
I do most of my learning of new material with a split screen of video and tab/notation.
Then I learn just as much when I become able to play around with the notes a bit.
Right now I’m working strictly from a recording…whew…almost forgot how much work that is! Some times I believe I only find a lick because there just weren’t any more mistakes that could be played, so it was all that was left to try…hahaApril 25, 2021 at 8:30 AM #88672lisabParticipant
Sheet music here. I can figure out tabs, but not on the fly. When in jams though, I find a guitar, and follow along with whatever chords they’re playing. If they go off out in the fields, I’m coming right behind them lol.April 27, 2021 at 5:38 PM #88691Phillip GilbertParticipant
I read sheet music it’s a nice cheat but also a crutchApril 28, 2021 at 8:17 PM #88696jimnewParticipant
I can read sheet music slowly. If I find a song that I want to learn that’s not one that John has done, I will take it into my Ipad with a app called Onsong. Most of the people I jam with here
in Southeast Missouri use Onsong for playing chords for lyrics-not sheet music. However I with take a song and convert it into fiddle notes ie. D would be D0, and E is D1, F# is D2, G is G0 or
D3 and so on. For me this is easy to read. I have converted over a 100 fiddle songs in Chordpro
format. If anyone has Onsong, I would be glad to pass my chordpro files along.April 28, 2021 at 9:09 PM #88697lisabParticipant
I LOVE Onsong! I paid the year subscription in February I think it was. The more I use it, the better I like it.April 29, 2021 at 2:17 PM #88701FrederickParticipant
The way “Tab” would make sense to me would take in to consideration that an open G is played open and a G# is played with the index finger. But, so is an A played with the index finger. So when one plays the G# and moves to the A how is this best described? How about I l (Index low position) and I h (Index high position); followed by Ml (b flat) Middle low and then Mh (B natural) Middle high, etc., etc. Ring finger would be C and C# and pinky would be D (perhaps played in unison with next string open). This method assigns each finger two notes, a low and a high.
I’m pretty sure fiddle tab is written somewhere near what I’m indicating but not absolutely sure.
Writing tab for a fretted instrument is a piece of cake. For example a Bb might be 3rd fret and a B natural the 4th fret. No need to think of low and high.April 29, 2021 at 2:31 PM #88702Nancy BitterParticipant
I do same as Joe….read sheet music till my brain goes on auto pilot and just plays. Also helpful if trying to learn “by ear” and get stumped on certain part.. Wish I could always play by ear. I see people doing it all the time. Very talented…May 5, 2021 at 1:49 AM #88763rodgerParticipant
Most of the time I play the fiddle with my fingers, but sometimes my ear gets in the way. I really couldn’t ever move my ears fast enough….May 5, 2021 at 2:34 AM #88764Nancy ParkerParticipant
1. Initially, I read and play the notes from the sheet music a few times.
**Then I tab the notes DOWN the page’ (not left to right). This helps me increase my speed faster AND best of all the muscle memory kicks in faster.
2. Some tunes I can hear the notes and just play by ear. What is really weird is that if I originally learned the tune “by ear”, I can’t play it by notes on the page or tab. I don’t know why!!!!
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