How to Read Notes
So far, weТve been notating (writing down) musical examples using guitar tablature,
a special system of notation developed just for the guitar. Tablature is a great,
easy way to learn, but it canТt capture all the nuances of a piece of music. Plus,
not all sites feature guitar tablature.
УStandard music notationФ is more common. Believe it or not, notation is not
hard to learn, and once mastered it will speed your learning of new music. Any system
that has survived for centuriesЧand is used to record all types of musicЧmust be
a valuable one to learn!
This chapter shows how music is written in standard notation for the guitar.
We learn about the musical staff and how it differs from the one used for tablature.
We see how notes are written on the staff and also above and below it, and we relate
this to rising and falling pitch. Tones and half tones are discussed and related
to the frets of the guitar. Then we put theory into practice and start actually
playing from notation, with easy examples of notes on each string.