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AuthorTopic:   reading notes for guitar?
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posted: 12/31/2006 at 11:05:49 PM ET
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I know some chords and can red tabs but was wonderin how to read music?I kno the notes and everything except when i look on a piece of paper to play a song i just keep stopping and thinking.Should i write the notes letter under notes?what that help me?Can you guys give me some tips?thanks

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posted: 1/8/2007 at 5:47:47 PM ET
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My personal preference on writing in note names is that after the first month or so you should wean yourself off of it. I have had more than a lot of students that become dependent on the letter names to play notes. A good musician has to be able to read music without letters. That way you can focus on the rhythms more clearly. Once you have been playing the new note for a week or two you should force yourself to stop writing in the letter names and instead worry about recognizing the note on the staff. Just force yourself to do it! You'll be glad you did!

Chad Criswell
Band Director
Southeast Polk Comm. Schools

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