#1
So I've been playing for 2-3 years. About 1 year seriously (Lessons) and I've yet to learn much on theory and how to read music. So I was wondering if anyone has anything on either of the two for a beginner.

I really want to learn how to read music but my teacher keeps saying you can't really dive into it. It is something that you progressively learn. But I think once every 2 months isn't that progressive. So I was hoping I can take this into my own hands.

Also about theory, I want to learn some more about it, so if anyone has any great articles or books, on either of the two. It would be much appreciated.
#3
Reading music is easy...associating the notes with those on guitar is another matter. I always felt it was easier to pick up a small amount of keyboard skills to learn sight reading and theory, as the layout of the keyboard helps associate everything.

this is a decent introduction to the notes on the stave:

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.misscheal.com/lines_and_spaces.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.misscheal.com/year7.cfm&h=557&w=400&sz=53&tbnid=Fn8WbLJI8MNDmM:&tbnh=133&tbnw=96&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dnotes%2Bon%2Bthe%2Bstave&zoom=1&q=notes+on+the+stave&hl=en&usg=__Qs93ozITGN1WvqFUsRlIXT_UsfA=&sa=X&ei=VUeATPbWApLf4gbFoa2gAg&ved=0CCEQ9QEwBA

As for learning theory, the LCM books are a decent start. And I'd say learn about chord construction, and start applying that to the guitar to figure out chords and different ways of playing the same chords.

Hope this helps to some extent.
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#4
I know most of the music symbols, what the hammer ons/pull offs look like, slides, whole/half/8th/16th/32nd notes look like. I just don't know how to see A in the musical notations. I can can tell if we are descending or ascending up the neck based off of the notes.

I guess I just see reading music as seeing that note and being able to play it (Something I don't know how to do and want to learn)
#5
Hi there. Great you're wanting to improve your musical knowledge. This kinda sounds like me 6 months ago - I knew squat. I've made pretty good progress so I can give you a bit of input on how I begun.

The best book for theory in my opinion is The AB Guide To Music Theory by Eric Taylor. It's like the industry standard and you can get graded workbooks to work through aswell. It starts with very basics, - meter, rhythm, reading, then onto the major scale etc. It's helped me no end. You'll also find helpful stuff online but this is a real ''go to'' book.

If you're serious about wanting to read music fluidly (as myself) I'd recommend reading music every day - even if it's just half an hour or something. I've really improved on reading rhythm - just need to get the notes as good lol.

Hope this helped in some way.

Good luck!
#6
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So I've been playing for 2-3 years. About 1 year seriously (Lessons) and I've yet to learn much on theory and how to read music. So I was wondering if anyone has anything on either of the two for a beginner.

I really want to learn how to read music but my teacher keeps saying you can't really dive into it. It is something that you progressively learn. But I think once every 2 months isn't that progressive. So I was hoping I can take this into my own hands.

Also about theory, I want to learn some more about it, so if anyone has any great articles or books, on either of the two. It would be much appreciated.


One suggestion is click on my name and see my Contributions. I have a 2 lesson series called Throw the Boy down The Well, that will get you started on reading music on the staff.

Best

Sean
#7
Reading music was like the very first thing I did when I took lessons. It was just Open E, F and G on the 1st string for the first lesson.