I have my first gig post-shutdown on Tuesday!! Hooray! The work trickle is finally… well, trickling.
I won’t be reading any notation for this one.
The sight-reading gigs come at a more demanding level of playing. Most songwriters and band leaders don’t know how to read either, so they can’t write out their parts.
So, when I have a sight reading gig, it’s usually a more demanding, professional gig. The last time I was asked to read notation was a session for a composer (great material - he wrote the music for Grim Fandango, Hearthstone, and a bunch of other cool video games). Everything was notated and on upright.
I had another session for an album where most material was off of charts, but the songwriter had a cool bass line from a demo he wanted note for note. He printed it off Garage Band using their MIDI transcribe feature.
But these are, again, very few and far between.
Most common: Learn it by ear.
Next most common: Read a chord chart.
Rare: Read notation.