Sight Reading course on Sale

Mark Smith just released Volume 3 of the Sight Reading course, and has put the entire course on sale for the next week. You can purchase the entire course, or just individual Volumes.
I’m partially through Volume 2 (I finished Volume 1), so I’m just going to purchase the newly released Volume 3.
It’s a great course for those who want to be sight readers, or just have a better understanding of written music.
Here’s the link…

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Just purchased part 3 as well

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It is a great course.
Unfortunately, I only got thru 1/2 of volume 1.
I am on all access pass. I got thru
Scales
2/3 way thru chord tones
2/3 way thru walking bass
and
1/2 way thru vol 1 of sight reading
He is doing away with the All access pass on the 1st of June, so I only have a little time to rush thru the chord tones and walking bass.
Not ideal
but I rather review them quickly, before losing them, then doing nothing at all.
I decided not to continue the sight reading one when I learned it was going away, because you simply can’t rush thru any part of that.

The Chord Tones and Walking Bass line, I am just finishing with everything in C-major, not practicing thru all the other keys, so I can kind of rush thru those, but impossible to do the sight reading in that amount of time.

No regrets, Mark is a great teacher, and his courses are really good, so I am happy to have had the time I had. Moving forward, I would love to continue them, just can’t afford to purchase any of them at this time.

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Swamped with Ari’s Theory and Ear Training courses for awhile, but this sounds like a great course for me to take after I’ve completed those. Thanks for the info!

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I was really on the fence about this course.
I taught myself how to sight read the trebble clef for sax, and long ago learned (and now forgot) the bass clef while I dabbled in sousaphone.
So I thought, why not just teach myself again, $152 is a lot of money.

But, I bought the course today for a few reasons.

  1. I have been relying on tabs and foresee it as an ongoing crutch unless I bite some bullet.
  2. I am really weak on reading rhythm. If I don’t know how the song should sound, it takes me a long time to figure that out. I see this course focuses on this as well, and, as a bass player, this is HUGE.
  3. It will also help with my sax playing for #2 above.
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Breaking away from the shackles of tab is the number one reason I started the sight reading course over a year ago (yes, I am still in the middle of Volume 2). Even having only gotten as far as I have in the course has helped me immensely and is well worth the investment in money and time.

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Thanks for sharing this.
Bought the course.

Gonna write what I thought/think about it after a few weeks here but right now it probably helps me with the “pick up the bass every day” resolution I made and already broke. No reason to not keep trying though.

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Awesome! It’s great hearing from you @juli0r, and I look forward to your comments.

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I found the beginning probably 8-10 lessons to be EXTREMELY A_HA inducing. I have not gotten as far as you, but the first module of volume 1 to just be incredible, eye opening even for tab readers.

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I bought Vols 1 & 2 during the Spring sale - guess I’ll just wait until I complete those and buy Vol 3 on it’s own.

I was kind of hesitant to buy the course at all - I know how to “read music” from playing trumpet many decades ago in school, I can read the bass clef - I just don’t know the fretboard at an automatic level so that my fingers “know where to go” when I read a note. I guess I’m hoping the course helps me with that…

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That’s where I am at too. I can read music, have since junior high school. I just haven’t put in the time to practice until it is at sight reading speed level on the bass.

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Yes. I have not completed the first volume (1/2 way thru) and won’t get a chance to move further for now, but I can tell, just like he does in all his courses, he breaks up the fretboard. Scales, Chord Tones, Walking Bass lines, and sight reading.
His first focus is learning notes and scales, tones, walking lines, and sight reading in the 1st position, that is frets 0 to 5.
After covering it pretty thoroughly, he continues tot he 2nd position, Frets 6-11.
THEN
he focuses on shifting between the two positions (remembering that it is a repeating pattern at fret 12, so, he covers it, but most of the detail is in the first two positions.

This method starts engrining the fretboard into your brain, a section at a time.

I found a few good videos with exercises that also really help to engrain the notes into your brain on YT last night.
Here is the first one, if you like the exercise, you can look at the other 4 videos.

These are some pretty simple, but very effective exercises you can start to incorporate into your practice. even doing these for just a few min a day will help to quickly learn the fretboard. THE WHOLE BOARD.

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It’s a good strategy. Another good one is to memorize the names of the notes on the dot markers. We all probably know the 5th and 12th fret ones and use that regularly to hop around. If you learn some of the others that will help as well until the whole fretboard is learned.

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