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Re: Standard Music Notation
10/28/2006 9:32 AM
Jon Riley (9697) wrote:
"1. How long is it going to take me to get the skill of being able to play and read any type of guitar piece for the first time without any mistakes??"
Depends on how much you practice. Also on how complicated the piece is. But I'd say at least a year, probably 2 or 3, or even more - unless you are absolutely obsessive about practising.
It takes a lot longer (of course) to be able to read a piece straight off, flawlessly (no pauses), at the correct tempo, than to be able to do the same thing after a few run-throughs.
"2. Are my methods of practicing practical? Do I need to use another method?"
From what you've said, I'd say yes. I can't think of any better way of practising than just doing it - reading music and playing it.
"3. Are there many guitarists who can play any piece of music (while reading music) and go through it without any flaws like a professional pianist?
There are some, of course, but I've no idea how many. How do you define "many"?
A professional classical guitarist would be able to do it. A good pro session player, almost certainly. A pro jazz player, probably. A pro rock player, probably not.
Even those that can do it with simple pieces might not be able to do it with complex pieces. (Eg, fast, or rhythmically complex.)
"4. Should I strive to be able to play through a piece of music without any mistakes for the first time? Is this possible?"
It's up to you.
It IS possible, and obviously if this is what you want to do, then it's what you should strive for. Even if you never achieve perfection, you will improve immensely.
Remember, in any case, "perfection" in a musician is non-existent. I've been playing 40 years. I'm nowhere near "perfect". OK, I don't practice much ;-). But that's because I can play most things I need or want to play, as well as necessary.
I can read a simple piece almost straight off. I need to sit and study anything relatively complicated.
But the point is, there is no goal here, no final "destination". Only a lifelong "journey". The better you get, the better you can imagine getting.
Even the most technically skilled player knows they can get better, and may still be frustrated at things they can't do - even tho you or I wouldn't notice any problems!
So don't ask quantifying questions about "how long", or "how many". Just pursue your desires, do as well as you can NOW. Keep challenging yourself, and you will improve.
Mainly, you have to enjoy what you are doing NOW, not what you hope to be doing somewhere down the line. Otherwise you will never have any fun!