#1
hello,
I play the electric guitar and play metal most of the time. I'd like to learn how music really works. I don't want to limit myself to tabs and would like to know how to play a song I don't know just by reading it (which does not work out with tabs).
Thanks
#5
If you are looking to play songs by ear I suggest getting an ear trainer.

Edit:you could use the power tabs they have the standard notation or get a beginner Hal Lenord book they are like 6 bucks and will teach you the basics of standard notation. The book maybe a bit easy for you but It's to get you to start reading real music. It's always a good idea to train your ear anyway so my original suggestion is still a good idea.
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Why? What use would that be? 90% of the time, he'll be playing tonal music.

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#9
That's called sight reading. It takes practice and knowing the notes on the fretboard.

As for music theory, check out musictheory.net and the video series "How Music Works," available on Youtube.
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#10
Check out Creative Guitar Studio on Youtube. His name is Andrew Wasson and he kicks major ass. Everything and anything you need to know about theory for guitar is there.
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Why? What use would that be? 90% of the time, he'll be playing tonal music.

@TS:
What exactly are you asking?


looks like he wants to know how to sight read on guitar with standard notation, not tab. But as you said, he also asked about how music works which is more music theory.

Personally I'd start on the music theory thing first. Learning to sight read on guitar is darn difficult/awkward if you ask me- I could read music before I learnt guitar (piano) and I still can't do it on guitar That's not to say it can't be done, because of course it can, but it'll require a fair bit of work and application.

Whereas basic music theory could likely be picked up more quickly, and may well be more useful. Plus it'll help with sight reading later, too.

Don't laugh but I found the "complete idiots guide to music theory" book pretty good. Few mistakes, though. Most music books have the odd mistake in them, though, which sucks. Unless you sort of already have some idea about it, it can confuse you...
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#12
Also The Crusades here on UG. As a guitarist, it'll teach you some theory.

As for sight reading, learning the fretboard and understanding standard notation together is the main accepted method universally.
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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looks like he wants to know how to sight read on guitar with standard notation, not tab. But as you said, he also asked about how music works which is more music theory.

Yeah, I was hoping he'd give a clarification on that. I mean, yeah...he sort of sounds like he wants to know music theory. But whatever.
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Yeah At the same time, if he doesn't know it already he can hardly be blamed for not knowing exactly what he needs to learn, lol.
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