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Offline GiorgioG

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Music reading
« on: April 01, 2021, 05:02:45 pm »
Hi all,

How are you?

I'm interested to the theory course. At the moment, I'm studying reading music from music sheets. My goal would be to play, reading from a music sheet and not tabs.
Is it something that the course cover? I mean, how to map the notes on the music sheet on the correct octave on the fretboards? (Ok, assuming I know where all the notes are :) Working on it at the moment).

Thanks for your help

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Re: Music reading
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2021, 05:18:23 pm »
Hi Giorgio.
For many, many reasons, I would recommend the theory course.
However, reading sheet music is not one of them as Justin does not teach it in there.
He stays away from teaching it and in various lessons and on various videos gives his reasons.

I hope you take the course anyway - it is a fantastic 'practical' theory course to supplement your learning.

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Re: Music reading
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2021, 06:19:56 pm »
About reading music notation, I started that way with an in person teacher working through the Hal Leonard Guitar Method books.  I did this for over a year and ended up learning all the notes on the fretboard and how to sight read simple tunes in different keys played at multiple positions (as music notation doesn't tell you where to play it, you have a choice).  Even after all this I still found it easier to play more complex stuff from tabs!  Now I prefer to have both with the tabs below the music notation. I like this because while the tab is easier to follow, I can see the rhythmic structure and rising or falling melodic lines better on the notation.

Although Justin does not teach this, he did publish a book on sight reading music notation called "Note Reading for Guitarists" (Ya I bought pretty much all of his books).  I found this book both useful and kind of fun - but then I like exercises that others find boring - (I'm a drummer).
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Re: Music reading
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2021, 06:26:05 pm »
While learning theory and reading music are related, they're not necessarily entwined. I agree that the theory course is valuable as its own thing.

For reading music, I'd recommend A Modern Method for Guitar by Berklee Press. Reading music (as applied to guitar) is part of its main focus, and its pieces are essentially reading studies that are designed to introduce more and more notes, etc, as you go along.

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Re: Music reading
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2021, 06:11:46 pm »
Thanks guys,
I really appreciate your help.
Going to get the theory course
In parallel I'll continue to study music reading, so, maybe, one day, I'll start with some sight reading exercises

Have a great weekend

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