Melodic Reading Studies

Reading Studies

This lesson contains several reading studies for you to gain experience in the process of reading music. I think that reading guitar music is actually three separate skills: (1) naming notes on the staff, (2) finding those notes on your guitar and (3) sounding out the rhythms of those notes.


One String Duets

The duets below will give you good practice in developing your ability to read music. The music sounds good, is fun, interesting, challenging and designed to get you thinking not only about reading music but writing it as well. Earlier in the course, we discussed some helpful tools for you to use every time you read music. First of course, sound out the rhythms of the notes in your head using one syllable. As you are playing remember to look ahead whenever possible and to treat the rhythm of each measure as a well-known and easily recognizable vocabulary word.Before you hit the play button, challenge yourself by doing things the old school way and seeing if you can figure out exactly what those melodies sound like just using the sheet music. When playing along with the recordings you will be able to judge your current level of comprehension and reading ability based on how accurately you were able to play the examples before having heard them.

Each of the musical examples below uses only one string as is common practice at this stage of the game and is one of the things about the old school method that I still agree with. Each of the examples is played twice, the first time you’ll hear counting in the background the second time you won’t hear counting. In the first example of the notes are on the high “E” string, every note in the second example is played on the second string, the “B” string. Example 3 is played exclusively on “G” , string three.