A few months ago, a worship team I was working with was asked to play a song by Matthew West. The pastor of the church was teaching a series called “World Changers.” It was a very busy week for me, so writing a drum chart for the song seemed like the best option.
I have lost count of how many times in my career my ability to write and read charts has benefited me. One of the most common questions I am asked by students is, “How have you been able to sustain a career for so long?” My first answer is my ability to sight read charts. The second answer is my ability to write a quick phrase chart.
This is obviously more than just a phrase chart. I put it in Sibelius so I could use it as an exercise to help my students practice their reading skills. What you see here is just the first half of the tune.
If you don’t read music, then this is a great opportunity to get started by following along as you listen. Using software that slows down the song will help you read along at first. If you do read music, try sight-reading this a few times without stopping. Then practice the sections you are having trouble with and go back and play through it a few more times.
So get out your reading glasses and give it a go.