Miscellaneous Rumbles

Learning to read sheet music

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I have made some progress. Notes are no more hieroglyphs on staff. I have been practicing several times a day for short periods, using iPad apps, books and sample music sheets. I can now play simple tunes from a sheet. Not very fast, but I can play at least the correct notes. Cool!

Here is a good resource for guitar sheet music. From simple to more difficult tunes.

http://www.classicalguitars...

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I have made some progress. Notes are no more hieroglyphs on staff. I have been practicing several times a day for short periods, using iPad apps, books and sample music sheets. I can now play simple tunes from a sheet. Not very fast, but I can play at least the correct notes. Cool!

Here is a good resource for guitar sheet music. From simple to more difficult tunes.

http://www.classicalguitars...

– Jukka

I have made some progress. Notes are no more hieroglyphs on staff. I have been practicing several times a day for short periods, using iPad apps, books and sample music sheets. I can now play simple tunes from a sheet. Not very fast, but I can play at least the correct notes. Cool!

Here is a good resource for guitar sheet music. From simple to more difficult tunes.

http://www.classicalguitars...

– Jukka

that's great, cousin. you're doing a lot better than I would have. congrats !!! :D

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I've been trying to motivate to read music also. I've gotten so used to tablature but a lot of great tunes can be found only in music staff. I might check out that book also

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Yep, it is all about motivation. It feels frustrating to play really simple few note tunes from sheet. But I guess that is the only way to start.

First I was struggling in memorizing the notes on staff (well, I still am) and I needed to really think the note names and even count the lines and alphabets, but now I have noticed few times, that my fingers are starting to take over. So they will automatically jump into correct spot without actually thinking the note names and fret positions etc. I guess that is how it should be.

Apart from finding the correct note, the other difficult thing is the timing. To recognize the note and rest lengths and to be able to count the rhythm. Not so easy to do, if you need to think heavily about finding the correct note at the same time :) One of the iPad apps has rhythm trainer exercise, where you should tap the rhythm displayed on the staff. I should practice that more. Now I can see the need for the metronome. If you play be ear, you rarely need it. But It really helps you to count the rhythm and keep the steady tempo when reading the note & rest lengths from sheet.

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Brent, all it seems to require is practice and practice and then again some practice. I still have plenty of that left to do :) There are so many people in the world who can read sheet music (even small kids) so it can't be too hard :P


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