I can read Bass Clef which, for the purposes of anything besides left-hand on the piano, is near useless.
For treble cleff, notes are two steps lower. For example, the first note on a ledger line in bass cleff is a G. The first note on the ledger line in treble is E. A B in bass would be a G in treble. I learned how to read treble clef first, so for me I learned to read bass clef by simply transposing them two notes up. For treble to bass, you go two notes down. Force yourself to do it enough and you'll become comfortable.
I took over a year of music theory in college and along with playing the piano and trumpet, sang bass, baritone, and tenor. So I'm down with the cleffs. All of them. Though, if you're not a backwards C or a squigly S clef, you suck. I can read baritone and alto clef, albeit very slowly.
But I do love me my lead sheets.
@Zelyre: Yeah, I know it's something I just need to get used it, it was just a little frustrating to learn an instrument for 8 years (Trombone) and then be able to directly translate that skill to other music stuff. I played piano for a little over year as well, and getting my brain to read treble clef notes properly wasn't super easy after 8 years of reading it differently.
Although, the fact that most people who can read music can't read Bass Clef will always be kind of amusing, since, at least in my school, "Music Class" focused exclusively on "FACE" and "EGBDF" to read sheet music.
Depends what you mean by read music. There's turning the notation on the page into button presses on an instrument which anybody could do and there's looking at the notation and that actually becoming notes in your mind so you could hear it without an instrument.
@Hizang@EarlessShrimp Oh inside jokes.I'm happy I got that! Anyways I played trumpet in middle school so yes.
So... I played Trumpet in middle school too and... this is kind of sad and whatnot but I would write a combination of the numbers 1/2/3 at every note indicating which valves (or buttons or whatever) to hold down. I never learned how to read sheet music and didn't stick with music class for more than a year (it was music or art at my school, art was easier, I still regret giving up)
If I could do it again, I'd choose a different instrument. Trumpet never clicked with me.
I can read guitar tablature and I have a working knowledge of staff notation. Not exactly what you would consider "sight reading" but I can get by if I have to.
I need to brush up on theory. It's been too long and I've mostly forgotten what little I knew to begin with..... Back to square one....
I can remember how to read music from high school. All notes have sharps except B and E, proof punk asses. I can't, however, remember how to play my saxophone anymore.
The key of G# major would like to have a word with you. There's only one note in G# major that's not a sharp, and that's F. Which is double sharp.
Anyone who writes a piece in G# major instead of Ab major is a dick.
Nope. Gimme the tabs god damn it. Except the tabs are total shit so maybe I should learn.
Learn by ear. It takes a while to get the pitch right, but once you do, you learn and play pretty much anything without even looking at a tab.
I learned by slowing down Black Sabbath and AC/DC songs and going note by note.
Knowing how to read notation is important too, but for guitar that is really only useful for getting the rhythm down.
Personally, I'd focus on ear training and music theory, so you actually know what you are doing and why.