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Introducing: Sheet Music Videos with Notation, TABs and More

In the old days, to hear a piece of music you had to hear someone play it in person or play it yourself. You had to go to a concert, or be a good enough sight-reader to work your way through it.

Now, we have Youtube, Spotify, and a thousand other means to listen to whatever we want whenever we want.

And to add to the online resources for exploring music, the CGS team has been creating some new videos. These feature classical guitar sheet music and midi audio.

Introducing: Classical Guitar Sheet Music Videos

Besides the Free Guitar Sheet Music library, you can now find videos. These videos have sheet music scrolling while music plays. They live in a dedicated Youtube playlist. And each video is also on the page for the sheet music it contains.

For all videos, there is free sheet music and TAB available for download.

These videos are for previewing potential musical projects, as well as to help in learning specific pieces.

Some videos feature the standard notation with the harmony (chords) written below. Others feature the standard music notation combined with TABs (guitar tablature). Each offer benefits and opportunities.

Sheet Music Videos with Chords

You can use the sheet music videos with chords to

  • learning and/or memorizing a piece of music
  • practice changing chords
  • practice playing along with others (practicing accompaniment)
Related: Why (and How) to Learn Classical Guitar Chords

How to Use Sheet Music Videos with Chords

To use the sheet music videos with chords to learn a piece of music, you can notice the underlying chords for each measure. This aids in “theoretical memory”. The more elements of the music we understand and recognize, the easier it is to recall.

To use the sheet music videos to practice changing chords, you can play along with the video.

Here’s how:

To begin, aim to play the new chord on the first beat of each measure (or wherever the chord appears in the measure). Take the rest of each measure to get to the new chord so you can play it on time. As you become more comfortable, you can strum more times per bar, or add a strumming pattern.

You can also use the sheet music videos to help get used to playing with other people. When we first play with other people, it’s easy to get distracted and make more errors than usual. Playing strummed chords or arpeggio patterns along to the sheet music videos helps to train focus and comfort. This can also aid in your abilities to listen to something else while continuing to play in rhythm and keep your place in the music.

Sheet Music Videos with TABs

Many of the sheet music videos contain standard musical notation and TABs. TABs show us where on the guitar to put our fingers. TAB is a tool, and as with any tool, requires caution.

How to Use Sheet Music Videos with TABs

To use the sheet music videos with TABs, you can:

  • pause the video to check your fingerings for specific passages (recognizing the the TAB fingerings are only one option among many)
  • preview the range of notes used on the guitar before beginning a piece
  • Do an initial play-through of a piece using TAB before deciding to learn the piece using the notation. This can be helpful if you learned TAB before learning to read standard musical notation.
  • In any other way you choose

How to Use the Youtube Video Speed Controls to Slow Down Videos

Youtube has a built-in feature that allows you to slow down or speed up videos. You can find this in the gear-shaped icon in the video player.


At the bottom right of a Youtube video, click the Gear icon.

Next, choose “Speed”.

Finally, choose your speed, faster or slower.

While Youtube does a fair job of maintaining the pitch at the different speeds, the audio quality will suffer at the slower speeds.

14 Responses to Introducing: Sheet Music Videos with Notation, TABs and More

  1. Michael Tokarev November 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

    Hello Allen!
    This is a somewhat strange material, I really question the usefulness of these videos. The point is that any music notation editor can be used for this with much much more help and abilities. People used various commertial editors, such as GuitarPro for example, but now free alternatives are available, such as musescore (neither of the two is marketing, just examples, both are quite well-known anyway). Enter notes in musescore and play any piece at will, with built-in metronome, repeats, speed change etc, and with visual representation of what’s going on. You can fine-print from there too, and, more importantly, you can change notes and experiment at any time. Since these videos require entering note material into some program anyway, I think it is much more productive to _publish_ the resulting data file (.gpx or .mscz or other) so that others will be able to open such files and play with them.. Or something like that 🙂

    • Allen November 12, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      Thanks for your thoughts, Michael,
      You are right: there are several software options out there. These videos are simply tools or previews for people who would rather not (for whatever reason) put the time into learning and using those software options.

      Thanks again,

  2. Martin Dillon October 28, 2018 at 7:38 am #

    Allen, I love everything you’ve been doing to help us improve our guitar playing. And our understanding of music and musical performance. I predict that even you will be surprised by how popular this new addition will become. It is really a quantum jump in approaching new music and discovering details hidden in music we already are acquainted with. Why didn’t you think of it sooner? I know, I know. We’re never satisfied. But we do offer unlimited appreciation.

    And to show my appreciation, I have two suggestions for applying this new technology. One sure winner: provide similar videos for the more intricate lesson materials, those that can benefit from a visual/aural display. One example: anything dealing with chords. Another: triplet exercises. A second, very useful use might be providing play along pieces. These could either be chords accompanying a student’s melodic line, or vice versa. But what prompted this idea was the literature of guitar duet music, some of it appropriate for beginners. What better use for a video than the providing a partner for home study?

    Many thanks for all you do,


    Martin Dillon

    • Allen October 29, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

      Thanks, Martin!
      Suggestions noted!

      All the best,

      • Deborah Perkins October 30, 2018 at 4:49 am #

        I can’t wait to check this resource out! I think focusing on chords early will absolutely help my playing and memorization. Thanks!

        • Allen October 30, 2018 at 11:59 am #

          Great, Deborah! I hope you enjoy them.

          Thanks much,

  3. Ron Cain October 27, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    This is great! I am really looking forward to working with this.

    Question: is the best way to locate these videos by starting at YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE32FpNcePwOP8g-3XEU9l2gCq4GwxFmE and then picking the one you want?

    Thanks so much for putting this together!

    • Allen October 27, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

      Hi Ron,
      As of now, yes.

      thanks for asking! It’s great to hear from you.

      All the best,

      PS: if there’s anything you think would be a good addition, we’d love to hear it.

  4. John Tighe October 27, 2018 at 8:10 am #

    It looks like a great tool. I haven’t tried it yet, but I expect it to be very helpful.

    • Allen October 27, 2018 at 8:13 am #

      Thanks, John!

  5. R. Schultz October 27, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    Great! Thanks – will surely be checking this out. Thanks too for your consistent comms. So many helpful hints and practical guidance ideas. Greatly Appreciated!

    • Allen October 27, 2018 at 8:13 am #

      Many thanks, Ron!

  6. Campbell October 27, 2018 at 3:40 am #

    Really brilliant Website and great personal tuition. You have nd renewed my interest in classical guitar. I have learned so much from watching and listening and I just want to thank you for all your help and information. Your love of the guitar and the ability to share this with others is just infectious.

    • Allen October 27, 2018 at 8:14 am #

      Susan! That is wonderful to hear! Thank you!
      All the best,

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