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Re: Musical score
11/28/2006 1:25 PM
Christian Miller (1937) wrote:
Learn to read in position wihout shifts. Start in open position and work your way up. Also get used to how common guitar 'shapes'(blues boxes, arpeggios etc) look when written down.
It's not easy but - hey - we have frets! You never hear cellists or violinists complaining.
Having said that, it's the hardest thing I find to choose, whether to work on the ears (listening copying) or on the eyes (reading, writing, transcribing.) I'd rather have better ears than better reading chops, but both are useful.
I have a friend who transcribes Bach onto the guitar by ear. Not a bad skill.
I guess the secret is to be able to sing music from the score, then, when you hear it in your
head, play it.
I think this is basically what classical string players do - they have to!
Best to start with really simple pieces based on the major scale steps.
No short cuts to anything, but as a shredder, I'm sure you'll understand the importance of patience and methodical, directed practice.