#1
I just picked up a guitar book, thats supposed to teach me how to play the guitar. I can read tabs pretty well, but the book also includes standard musical notes to help me with the rhythm since tabs dont give you a good idea.

That means I dont have to learn how to read music from standard notaion that has 5 lines and then translate that for a guitar that has 6.

The only thing is that I dont understand what a whole note, half note, quater note mean when it comes to playing. I have looked every where.

When the tab simply reads


-o- < (What does that mean, its called a whole note?)

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The thing is that I know it has to do with time, and how long I am supposed to hold the note. And most music is 4/4. Does that mean that I hold this note for 4 seconds.

Thats what I dont get. How many seconds or what length of time am I supposed to hold the note when I get these different symbols.

Some are like (Sorry I cant really draw it too well on the pc)
___
/ /
* *

What does that mean?

Thank you.
#2
I have a hard time believing that this is not explained in your book. Almost any beginner's musician website will have this information in detail.
#3
Well, it's all based on the speed of the music, or the tempo. A whole note means you hold it for a whole bar of music. The only way you're really going to know how long this is is if you get a metronome. When it says 4/4, that means there are 4 (the top number) quarter notes (1 / the bottom number). So, when you are playing a song in 4/4, you will count "one, two, three, four" for every bar. I hope this helps.
#4
if it's a tab, just listen to the song

if it's in 4/4, play it ≈3-4 seconds.

Or play it the whole "mesure" (in french because i don't know the word in your language )
#5
Measure is the right term, but bar is also used on occasion (or at least I use it)
#6
In 4/4 time, a whole note is held for 4 beats, a half note for 2, a quarter note for 1, and so on. A beat doesn't have a specific length of time to it, just a constant length (usually) throughout the song. 4/4 means that there are 4 beats in one bar, and a quarter note gets one beat. 3/8 would mean 3 beats to a bar, and an eighth note gets one beat.
#7
ok, tap your foot to a song, got a tempo going? well if its in 4/4 time, a whole note will get 4 taps, or beats. i think the last thing was an eigth note, which gets half a beat, or one up or down beat. now a half note will get 2 beats, and a quarter note gets 1 beat, but this may change with the time signature, but that is for later, more advanced sheet music.

Edit: and just to be certain you get it, one whole beat is your foot tapping down and up all the way.
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#8
I think you'll find everything you're asking for here:

http://www.musictheory.net/

The lessons titled "Measures and Time Signature" and "Note duration" should pretty much answer the questions.

Quote by MarXHalvick
if it's in 4/4, play it ≈3-4 seconds.


That's not too good advice since a whole note's time duration in seconds can vary a lot and there's no standard that a whole note should last 3-4 seconds.
#9
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Note lengths are in relation to the song and it's tempo, not real world time.
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