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Re: Standard Music Notation
10/30/2006 3:39 AM
Jason Cone (102) wrote:
I've been doing something similar. I'm classically trained on
piano, so I can read music, but I couldn't apply it to the guitar.
A couple of years ago, I made an attempt to teach myself sight-
reading with the guitar by playing pieces using only standard
notation (i.e. no tab, no chord charts). That was working, but it
was working very slowly. One thing that made it difficult was
that the songs weren't designed to teach reading -- different
keys, not necessarily much repetition (or too much repetition),
etc. Another problem was that I would learn the song and not
need the notation, in which case that song no longer helped me,
as far as sight-reading goes. Eventually, I let the sight-reading
I recently started working on sight-reading, again. This time, I
used an approach with exercises designed to teach sight-
reading. The difference is that the exercises are given "in order"
and with a focus on a given position and key, so it tends to be a
more efficient way of going about it, at least for me. I'm using
the Berklee Modern Method for Guitar, by William
Leavitt. Leavitt also has a book called Reading Studies
which is very helpful.
I'm working on repertoire, too, but I'm doing that
separately from the reading studies.