Category: online music resources

Learning to Read Music Step 5: Playing Simple Melodies

Once you have a feel for how the musical staff works, and you have worked with some basic scales, it’s time to try a few simple melodies. Not chording to familiar tunes. That will come soon enough (and no doubt are already doing it). What we’re talking about here is playing some simple songs from

Reading Music for Guitar Beginners – Part 5: Start playing Major Scales from written music

Now that you understand the basics (as outlined in the previous series of posts: Reading Music for Guitar Beginners, it’s time to put this knowledge into practice. It may sound too good to be true, but once you understand these basics, “learning to read” is just a matter of practice, practice, practice. The more you

Reading Music for guitar beginners – Part 3: Tempo and Note Length

Tempo, Time Signature and Note Values “Duration” – the “length” of each note – is the second basic property of all notes. (The first was “pitch”.) If you tap your foot at a consistent rate of, say, 60 taps per minute (once every second), that would be called a tempo of 60 bpm (beats per

Reading Music for Guitar Beginners – Step 2: Understanding Pitch

In Step 1 we described how the staff in traditional notation captures the two different dimensions of a musical composition: time and pitch. In its simplest form a musical melody is essentially a series of sounds strung together to form a unified composition. Each of the individual sounds is represented as a note having a

Learning to Read Music is actually pretty easy

Learning to read traditional music notation is scoffed at by many amateur guitar players. But it is just one more step to becoming a skilled musician. It’s similar in important ways to learning how to read English (or French, or Spanish, or any other language). Except learning to read the language of traditional music notation