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Steps to Sight - Reading

The foundation for becoming an excellent sight reading

Before pursuing sight-reading, you should have a good grasp of

1) A Brief Foundation of Basic Music Theory

see www.sethescalante.com/basicmusictheory for my lessons on Basic Music Theory 

 


2) How to Read Tabs

see www.sethescalante.com/introtoguitar - LESSON 3 for my lessons on 'How to Read Tabs:

 

 

3) The strings of the guitar and their names

The names of the strings on the Guitar are:

E A D G B E

the Bottom string of the guitar is the first string

1st string - E

2nd string - B

3rd string - G

4th string - D

5th string - A

6th string - E

A popular acronym to assist in memorizing the names of the strings is:

' Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie'

This goes from the 6th string to the 1st string.

4) Notes to Tabs of First Position

 

The following is a useful worksheet showing all the whole notes of the first position

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5) Try reading notes with letters first

 

The following is a useful worksheet showing all the whole notes of the first position

- Using the following notes, play them on the guitar.

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1)     G    A    B    C

2)    D    E    F     high G

3)    F    G    A    E

4)   A   A   B    E

- Using the following notes, play them on the guitar

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1)    A    B    C    D

2)    C    D    E    F

3)    B    D    E    B

4)    A    E    C    D

- Using the following notes, play them on the guitar

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1)    E    F    G

2)    F    G    E