So you need to read to be a good musician? The best keyboard player I ever played with did not read music ."You hum it, or play it to me, son" was all he needed to come up with amazing stuff. A genuine musician and a joy to work with.Not to spoil but I was surprised to hear Dennis Chambers say that he has played on over 300 records and doesn't read music.
Buddy didn't. I've heard stories that Buddy would actually hire another drummer who could read to play the chart, and Buddy would memorize what the hired guy played. Buddy had the audio equivalent of a photographic memory.I don't think Jeff Porcaro or Buddy could read music either
I went to a Dennis Chambers clinic where he stated he didn't read much of anything. In the studio he said he'd go by feel. Ive seen clips of him doing studio stuff and his ability to count and feel his way through a song is insane.I didn't mean to imply that one had to read to be a good musician. I only said I was surprised. I would think the majority of contract work would expect some chart reading. I could be wrong.
He talks about not reading very well here:I've heard that as well about Buddy
but I feel like I remember on one of those Jeff Porcaro clinics from MI vids that he said he doesn't read ... or doesn't read all that well and never used it ... something like that
I could be wrong ... I haven't seen those vids in quite a while
Yeah, that blew my mind! Most rock/pop you don't need to read for, but some of the fusion stuff he was on was sophisticated and in odd and/or changing meters. That's impressive to be able to get around that without reading.Not to spoil but I was surprised to hear Dennis Chambers say that he has played on over 300 records and doesn't read music.