Sheet Music Gives You the Secrets to the Universe!
I attended a recent Christian Worship Team Seminar for Advanced Guitarists and the instructor told the audience that sheet music is a chart you can get off the internet that has chord symbols written above Lyrics. NO, that is not sheet music.
Sheet music reveals three important aspects to musicians whether guitarists, bass players, sax players, keyboardists or any formally trained musician. These are:
- Chord Symbols written above the staff on music staff paper
- Written melody in standard musical notation on the staff
- Lyrics written below the staff
Once you learn how to read notes on all 6 strings, one string at a time in 1st position, allows you to play any song without first listening to a recording and trying to play by ear, then you can sound just like the original recording artist of any song you choose because you learn basic rhythms such as, Whole Notes, Dotted Half Notes, Half Notes, Quarter Notes and then Eighth or Sixteenth Notes and how to combine all the rhythms known as syncopation.
As a professional guitarist, touring musician, music director, music arranger, conductor, clinician, music composer, music copyist for the San Francisco Symphony, featured guitarist on International Christian recording artist Steve Kuban’s album and author of my own guitar method course for beginners to advanced students, whether learning to play just for fun or for college students seeking to play and/or teach guitar for a living, I can’t emphasize enough the importance to take the time to learn the art of reading real sheet music. It’s not as hard as you may think if you have a professional instructor who has a well developed teaching system.
More to come.