Learn to read music

by Andrew Constantinou
(UK & USA)

At present, I'm learning to play guitar using tabs, but would like to be able to read music, can you recommend a book to learn from.


You sent me the tab for El Testamen de Amelia a few months ago which I can now play. I sent you a thank you email but it kept coming back so I hope this reaches you.

Many thanks

Andy Constantinou

Hi Andy,

Thanks for the very nice comments, I appreciate them very much. A book I could recommend for theory is Alfred's Music Theory series. The blurb on the site is useful information about the series...

"Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory is designed for students of any age, whether listeners or performers, who want to have a better understanding of the language of music."

Additionally, you might want to supplement your learning with a good Dictionary of Music.

I hope this is of help.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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Reading music

by Amy
(Hertfordshire, England)

When reading sheet music, how do I know on which string to play each note? I know how to work out notes on the strings but I don't know which string to play on. Please help me!

Hi Amy,

In guitar music, it's traditional to see a number(1-6) inside a circle. This indicates which string the note is on.

You can see a little example on this page... where you can see: "0" in a circle, which means the "A" open string; a "3" in a circle, which means the "c" on the third string; and another "3" in a circle, which means the "B" on the third string.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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Where To Play The "Notes" in the guitar.
by: Anonymous

In guitar music the notes Using the classical Guitar Up to the 17th fret ("A")starting with:
6th string Low "E" to "A"in the Treble staff
5th string:"A" below the staff to "D" on in staff.
4th string:"D" below the staff to "G" Above staff.
3rd string:"G" In staff to "C" Above the staff.
2nd string:"B" In staff to "E" Above the staff.
1st string:High "E" in staff to "A" above staff.

Hand Position will determine which fret is most suitable for playing a particular note as written in the guitar music staff since the same note frequency may be played at different locations in the guitar fretboard.

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