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HOW TO READ GUITAR SHEET MUSIC?

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This is where most of the guitarists give up, either they try to learn the guitar music sheet and gradually lose their interest because of laziness or too much overwhelming etc. But if we try to break the learning technique into chunks then we can able to grab on atleast how the guitar sheet music looks like isn’t it??

Now lets get into the learning business and see how the guitar music sheet looks like and what all are the terminologies linked to it –

GUITAR MUSIC SHEET TERMINOLOGY

The Staff

The Staff denotes the lines and spaces that withhelds the notes that is being played. The bottom line denotes E(4th string, 2 fret) and the top line denotes F(1st string, 1st Fret)

the-staff

Ledger Lines

It denotes the lines that is below or above the staff.

ledger-lines

Treble Clef

In music sheet, the treble clef circles the G note, you can see in below picture.

treble-cleff

The Lines

Generally in musical language, it is abbreviated as “Every Good Boy Does Fine”, which is easy to memorize.

the-lines

The Spaces

FACE is the word that is used as acronym for memorizing space.

the-spaces

Key Signature

It denotes the key on which the guitar player is on, whether its sharp or flat.

key-signatures

Accidentals

These notes that does not occur in the key, they are generally denoted as a sharp symbol, natural symbol or flat symbol.

accidentals

Time Signatures

It tells you how many beats played in a measure, basically top number denotes the beats in one measure. In the below picture its 4 quarter notes that are played in one measure.

time-signatures

Bars

Bars are the lines that divides the guitar music sheet horizontally into measures.

bars

Notes

Following are the basic notes : Quarter notes, Half notes and Whole notes. Also there are 32 notes(1/8), 16 notes(1/4) and 8 notes(1/2).

notes

Rests

They denote the pause or the place where the musician doesn’t play.

rests

Dots

A dot next to a notes is considered as 3 beats.

dots

Ties

They denote cumulative of notes.

ties

Slurs

Played as pull-offs or hammer-on.

slurs

Repeats

Repeat by playing from previous two dots.

repeat

String marking – On the guitar music sheet, it is denoted above the note instructing the player what sting he/she is supposed to play.

string-and-finger-indications

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