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tonyteach1 Is music-reading an important skill? (103* d) RE: Is music-reading an important skill? 09 Oct 11

There seems to be the view that it is either - or. Most classical musicians who do exams and indeed the electric guitarists have to do ear tests of increasing difficulty The ability to pick up a tune by ear is great IF ITS ACCURATE . I teach X factor type singers who learn the song from a track of their favourite artist which may be different from another artists. There may be different versions of a song whatever the genre. Not having both skills limits you Great artists like Martin Carthy rearrange songs and melodies to suit their style You need to read to do that fully

I have to read and to transpose for singers and rearrange. I can read at sight and also busk from the chords and melody Why because I need to and because I make my living from doing so. Also classically trained musos cannot improvise. I used to be an opera singer yet can improv blues or jazz or whatever

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