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Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello by Jim Aikin

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Chapter 5. Reading Music

SOMETIMES MUSICIANS LEARN to play popular music on guitar entirely by ear and never learn to read sheet music. I have a friend who is quite an accomplished jazz pianist, and he has only the most basic understanding of how to read music. He plays by ear... but it has to be said, he has a very good ear.

All cellists learn to read music. Even if you later go on to play improvised jazz on the cello, you’ll need to start by mastering the skill of reading the notes on the page. Fortunately, this is not difficult to do. You just need to learn a few basic concepts and then spend some time playing written music. In this chapter we’ll take a look at the fundamentals of reading music for the cello.

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