HELP WITH READING, pt 2
Just reading the letters page for September and my eyes lit up on reading the suggestion from Barney K concerning a series on Reading Notation. Can I add my voice and say there must be a huge demand for this, but also can I say that a video series on translating written parts could be of even greater value than a written article to many readers? Here’s why: for example one, I last took drum lessons almost 40 years ago, and fall into the category ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ so I learn visually very easily from your video lessons, YouTube etc. But the process of translating a page of written notation is so painfully slow, and I never know if I’m playing what’s actually written, that I rarely bother! I cannot be alone, and need help unlocking how notation actually sounds.
Second to this, the video series could also cover ‘practical notation’, ie: sight-reading at gigs. Despite the many interviews and tips covering this, wouldn’t it be great to see video examples, notation along the bottom of the screen in real time with drums played along the top of the screen? So a viewer would experience how it works in practice and develop the mental skill of translating visuals to sounds.
A regular series of this with worked examples would turn into as valuable a library as your monthly playalongs.
Thanks for listening to this suggestion, and keep up the good work with my favourite drum mag!
Steve Bentley, via email
Some great suggestions, Steve. Let’ s just say this is taking shape in my brain, and I hope to get a new series on reading into them ag soon! In fact these suggestions are so good, have some heads and sticks on us !– CBu