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The Basics of Sheet Music - Reading Rhythm

Music is dependent on rhythm; therefore, it is very important for composers to be able to notate it accurately. Rhythm is based on 2 basic properties, tempo and time-signature. The tempo is indicated above the first staff, on the practice sheet it is written as 80 beats pr. minute, abbreviated as BPM. This tells us that there is 80 beats or quarter-notes every minute, which means that we know now how fast or slow we should play the song.

The Basics of Sheet Music - Guitarists Guide to Sheet Music

You might ask me, why would you, a modern guitarist learn to play by sheet music. It is an old standard that people who play classical music use. I agree, but at the same time it is a very useful tool. Reading sheet music allows you to access an enormous library of music written throughout time. Additionally, and honestly more importantly, it lets you communicate musically with other musicians more accurately. Sheet music is quick, honest and accurate; therefore, it is almost always a requirement for session musician jobs.

 

5 Myths about Guitar Theory

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When the guitar bug hits you, one of the best things that you can do is buy a guitar, do some light research and slowly learn yourself. However, there's only so much that you can learn without also delving into music theory, the academic study of fundamentals like pitch, rhythm, harmony and form and how they are put into practice. Guitar theory is basically the same thing, only as it relates to guitar. Interestingly enough, you'll hear many players question the usefulness of guitar theory based on the following myths.