Reading Rescue Members

Reading Rescue Members

wiztele2“Musical notation is one of the principal forms of communication in our special world… if you can’t read and write how fully can you participate?”

Being able to read and write music opens up new worlds of possibilities for you, enables you to play pieces that are difficult to get by here and also gives you the ability to read all sorts of music that recordings may not be readily available for. All competent music educators work with musical notation as their principal means of communicating to you. If you ever hope to find employment playing anything other than top 40 cover material you have to be a well-rounded, competent musician and that means being a good reader. As you study my site reading course, give all of the tips, tools, tricks and techniques I have outlined here a fair chance. In the words of my greatest teacher and mentor: good luck and have fun!

Lesson 1: Naming Notes On The Staff

Lesson 2: Reading Rhythms

Lesson 3: Developing A Rhythmic Vocabulary

Lesson 4: Naming Notes In The Open Position

Lesson 5: Melodic Reading Studies

Lesson 6: Rests And Bar Lines

Lesson 7: Bass Strings And Ledger Lines

Lesson 8: Eighth Notes

Lesson 9: Meet The Masters

Lesson 10: Accidentals

Lesson11: The Eighth Rest


“My first experience with the guitar was taking lessons from Karl Aranjo as a high school student. His lessons were more than just a collection of tips and riffs: they were a method. As I look through, I get to take a trip back through those lessons and am reminded about I loved about them. His strong focus on the fundamentals quickly draws a connection between general music theory and the particulars of how that theory can be applied to the guitar, even allowing us as guitarists to use our instrument as an abacus-like tool to enhance our musical insight. In high school, Karl’s lessons got me up to speed to jam with my friends and in the school band almost immediately. In the almost 20 years since I left high school and had my last lesson with Karl, the things he taught me have continued to serve me well; I’ve played almost continuously in a variety of styles (jazz, rock, funk, folk), both as a hobby and as a part-time professional (currently playing with San Francisco’s Smash-Up Derby). If I hadn’t grown up in the same town as where Karl taught, I might have missed out on a lifetime of fun playing the guitar. With, wherever you are, you can benefit from the same quality instruction that I had!

-Grahm Ruby

“Mr. Karl Aranjo is one great teacher to work with. When working with him, he is very flexible, and will teach you all the basics and fundamentals you will need while learning how to play the guitar. From learning basic chords to crazy licks and solo’s. You will become an expert in no time and looking like a professional guitar player. In my experience, I learned to master chord progressions much easier and understand it in a better perspective. In my music career/hobby, it has given me nothing but success to play in a band as a front man/rhythm guitarist, compose my own type of music, and as well as songs that I really wanted to learn how to play on the guitar. Learning through Karl Aranjo was a great experience and has helped me understand the guitar a lot easier, I would not have wanted this learning experience any other way.”

-Julius Isaac

“I had the pleasure of being a guitar student of Karl’s for several years. Karl advanced my playing ability a great deal very quickly by giving me a perfect combination of guitar technique, theory and assigning songs that motivated me to continue learning. I highly recommend Karl for all level of guitar players no matter if you are a beginner or advanced.”

-Tom Hunt

”Karl Aranjo is a great and experienced teacher with an extensive knowledge of guitar playing and theory. His thorough online course, covers the whole spectrum from the first time beginner to advanced.”

Blake Aaron- Internationally Known Recording Artist

”Karl helped me dive into the blues when I was first starting out, and learning how to improvise opened up many doors for me on guitar. He has a vast knowledge ranging many musical styles, and i would recommend him to anyone trying to learn the instrument!”

Eric Cannata Young The Giant