[Harp-L] How important is it to be able to read music?

Degregorio, Jeff jeffery.degregorio@xxxxx
Thu Dec 8 09:05:20 EST 2016

And you should know how important it is for diatonic harp players who want to add chromatic harp playing in their repertoire.

Jeff DeGregorio

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From: Harp-L [mailto:harp-l-bounces at xxxxx] On Behalf Of Richard Hunter
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2016 7:57 AM
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Subject: Re: [Harp-L] How important is it to be able to read music?

It's only important to learn to read music if:
1) you want to learn as much music as you can as quickly as possible
2) you want to be able to be able to quickly learn a piece of music you've never heard before, for example in a recording situation where everybody else is reading their parts from charts
3)  you want to be able to communicate with other musicians about the music you want to play with them
4) You want the respect of other musicians, many of whom have put in the time and effort to learn the basics of their craft, like reading, and don't have a lot of respect for people who can't be bothered to do the same.

If you have no real ambitions to advance your art as efficiently and effectively as possible, you don't need to learn to read music.  If you have such ambitions, then you need to put in the time and effort to learn to read at a basic level.  Wouldn't hurt to learn a little chord and scale theory too.

I can't imagine this conversation taking place on a forum for sax players.

Regards, Richard Hunter

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