Modern Reading Text in 4/4: For All Instruments Paperback – 1 Mar 2000
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If your trying to learn the almost impossible task of sight reading piano, or any instrument for that matter, id say this book should be top of your list. I've started practicing scales to these rhythm's too, just to relive the boredom, and its working great! defo buy again if I lost it!
My drum teacher recomended and taught me from this book and I now recomend and teach my students from this book.
Why only 3 stars, then?
- There is practically no explanation. I cannot see how beginning or intermediate musicians could handle this without a good teacher. So it's not a self-study book for newbies.
- There are no sound demos for you to check for correctness. OK, it is an old book. In the meantime, there are similar books which do offer this, and with more information.
- It is written in single-pitch notation throughout. Normal for drummers, OK for bass players. Possible for melody instruments (in principle, one can practice rhythm in its purest form, devoid of melody, or one can make up melodies with the patterns), but then it is a very dry affair which will turn off all but the most determined readers.
- There is a certain structure behind the countless exercises, but not a very apparent one
- It starts with already quite challenging patterns. No slow and soft approach, beat 1 of exercise 1 already has a rest ...
I would recommend other books for melody instrument players who need a solid introduction to "modern rhythms".
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