Learning how to read music for guitar opens up whole new worlds of musical experience. It allows you to connect with the brilliant musical minds of composers past and present, and join with others to play music from all times and places.
Musical notation is universal, bridging cultures and generations. And learning to read music activates your mind in ways nothing else does.
If you wish to immerse in the rich world of music, learning how to read music is a must.
Watch This Video to Explore How to Read Music for Guitar
The Words and Symbols
This course teaches you to decipher the notes on the page, the symbols, and the musical words that give insight into how to communicate the expressive and emotional ideas of the composer. It gives you the tools to know and think about music in new ways, with more robust representations and greater clarity.
Practical and Immediately Useful
This course focuses on the most useful and appropriate aspects of reading music first. You won’t be bogged down with random facts or obscure details. What you get is a framework with which you can immediately start using musical notation and building your musical skills.
Strategic Practice Materials
Becoming fluent in the language of music doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and attention. You’ll find loads of practice materials specifically designed to bring you forward in your skills, and lead you to playing the music you want to play.
- 37 Highly Detailed Video Lessons: Crafted to lead you forward naturally in your learning.
- 36 Pages of PDF Practice and Reference Resources: So you have what you need close at hand.
- Unlimited Email Support: You're not alone. Get the answers to any questions you may have.
- How the Notes Work: How music is put together, and the building blocks of all written music.
- How the Notes are Arranged on the Guitar: Making sense of the frets and string layout.
- Guitar Specific Musical Elements: Understand the special symbols used for guitar music.
- Following Musical Roadmaps: Read the signs that tell you where to go when.
- Expressive Markings: See into the mind of the composer to create action and emotion.
- Intensive Rhythm Training: A full bonus course to improve your proficiency with rhythm.
- Successful Practice Strategies and Tips: How you can set yourself up for continued progress.
- And More!
“Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.” ~Aristotle
“Is This Course for Me?”
If you’ve been wanting to learn how to read music for guitar, you are in the right place.
This course is specially designed to take to step by step through the basics of translating musical notation on the page into music that you play on your guitar.
You can be an absolute beginner, or a lifelong player. There is no previous experience or skill required for this course.
All you need is patience, and the willingness to do a little practice.
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Take the steps to open your musical world and experience the vast array of musical creations. Join the course and practice regularly, and you’ll find yourself playing and listening to music in completely new and different ways..
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you mark lessons “complete” as you go, your progress will be saved and you can pick up where you left off.
If you need to take a break from the course (to travel, or to focus on other things), you can pick up where you left off.
Move through the lessons as slowly or as quickly as you wish.
“Have I played music using these notes?”
“Do I recognize any of the “shapes in the left hand?”
“Are there markings or techniques I don’t recognize or understand?”
“Does this piece get me excited, and just a little scared?”
Most pieces of music can be a wonderful experience for a wide range of players. If you’re a beginner, your challenge will be getting the notes and controlling your hands. If you’re a more advanced player, the notes may come more quickly, but you may need to work on playing more beautifully (phrasing, connecting the notes, balancing the voices, etc).
There is always more to learn. As long as you take your time and focus on specific challenges one at a time, you can enjoy moving forward and learning a wide variety of music.
If you would rather not leave the question as a comment, you can email me directly. I will promptly do my best to answer any questions you have.
If you feel overwhelmed, you can also email me for advice or input.
Also, if you feel like it may be too difficult, you may be able to simplify your practice. Focusing on one small aspect (such as the right hand alone) of one small section at a time is very helpful.
After you complete the checkout, you will have access to the course.
If you do not already have a username and password, one will be emailed to you. (Your username is usually your email address).
You can login at the top of any page.
Once you are logged in, you can find your courses in the “My Courses” tab at the top of any page.
To begin the course, print your materials and progress through the lessons.
If you ever have technical difficulties or something doesn’t seem to be working correctly, you can contact me and I’ll help as soon as I am able.
Bonus Course: Mastering Rhythm Notation
Welcome to "Reading Rhythms"
Level One Exercises: Quarters, Halfs
Level Two Exercises: Dotted Half Notes
Level Three Exercises: Rests
Level Four Exercises: More Practice
Level Five Exercises: Eighth Notes
Level Six Exercises: 6/8 time
Level Seven Exercise: Triplets
Level Eight Exercises: Ties
Level Nine Exercise: Accents
Level Ten Exercise: 16ths
Level Eleven Exercise: Dynamics
Level Twelve Exercise: Review, Extra Practice
- Welcome to "Reading Rhythms"
- Level One Exercises: Quarters, Halfs
- Level Two Exercises: Dotted Half Notes
- Level Three Exercises: Rests
- Level Four Exercises: More Practice
- Level Five Exercises: Eighth Notes
- Level Six Exercises: 6/8 time
- Level Seven Exercise: Triplets
- Level Eight Exercises: Ties
- Level Nine Exercise: Accents
- Level Ten Exercise: 16ths
- Level Eleven Exercise: Dynamics
- Level Twelve Exercise: Review, Extra Practice
- Final Thoughts