Originally posted by BarbVA:
When you have known how to read music on the Treble clef for almost 35 years, how do you retrain your brain to read the Bass clef? My brain just automatically reads them like it is on the Treble clef.
I'm thinking there must be a method that will click in my head quickly since I understand the concept of reading music already. Or maybe my old brain is resisting. [/b]
Hi Barb. I picked up the viola at age 50, and so had to learn to read alto clef fluently (as opposed to working it out laboriously, which I could already do, and I guess you can with the bass clef, too). I used what I use with beginning piano students - a so-called "landmark" approach. Pick a note and learn to recognise it instantly. Count others from this one. Then add another one, and count steps to get the ones in between. Good ones to use for bass clef are the Cs (and observe the symmetry of the positioning in bass and treble clefs) and F below middle C. I found the process very interesting, as it gave me insight into the problems some of my students were having.
And I can read alto clef just about as well as the other two now. The Brain Still Works!