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Sight Reading for Bass – New Book by Mark Michell

Sight Reading for Bass… Bassist Mark Michell of Houston-based instrumental band Scale the Summit has released his second bass instructional book titled “SIGHTREADING 101 FOR BASS: Reading Standard Notation, Vol. 1“.

Sight Reading for Bass - New Bass Book by Mark Michell The 116-page sight reading for bass book by Mark Michell is written for players with little to no experience reading standard notation. It’s packed with over 140 exercises with examples and figures to guide you. Topics covered range from learning the notes on the fretboard and parts of the musical staff up to memorizing key signatures and how to subdivide and count rhythms. Michell notes that sight reading is a huge topic and that volume two of the series will be out later this year.

Volume 1 of this series focuses on the absolute basics of learning to interpret, read, and sightread standard notation. The book contains 116 total pages, over 140 exercises, descriptive examples and figures, a full-color gloss front cover and spiral bounding, which is most convenient for allowing the book to stay spread open on stands and flat surfaces. All exercises are playable on 4, 5, and 6-string basses.

“Most of the sight reading books I read I never felt were very thorough, and I felt something as foreign as reading standard notation for bass is such a specific new foreign thing that you can’t leave anything to be assumed,” says Michell. “I’ve designed my book to go at a very gradual pace to be thorough with no gaps unfilled. That way the fast learners can go at their own pace and the slow learners won’t be left in the dust.”


Topics covered include: Learning the Notes on the Fretboard, Utilizing the Full Fretboard, Parts of the Musical Staff, Learning the Notes in the Staff, Notes on Ledger Lines, How to Analyze a Piece of Music, Sightreading Tips, Methods, & Approaches, Reading Note/Rest Types & Values, Understanding Keys & Time Signatures, Memorizing Key Signatures, Recognizing Patterns, Memorizing Intervals Spacings, Recognizing Arpeggio Types, Reading Rests, Playing in Different Keys, Mixing Note/Rest Types in the Same Measure, Reading Rhythms & Syncopation, How to Subdivide & Count Rhythms, Grouping Rhythms Visually before Playing, and a Selection of Practice Etudes.

Learn Sight Reading for Bass – Sightreading 101 for Bass, Reading Standard Notation, Vol. 1 is available at

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