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Rhythmic Notation

Four (4) Video Lesson

Learn to read basic rhythmic notation such as whole, half, quarter & eighth note with these four (4) simple videos. 

Beginning Rhythm Exercises

Five (5) Videos Lesson

These five (5) videos will walk you through some beginning rhythm exercises.

Left Hand Position

It's important to start playing guitar in the correct manner.

Here I show you you how to position your hands.

Notes on the E String

Five (5) Videos Lesson

Learning notes is actually pretty easy, it just takes a lot of repetition in order to memorize.

Take some time each day to practice and give yourself a minimum of 2 months to learn the basic notes on the 1st three (3) frets on all 6 strings.  

Notes on the B String

Four (4) Video Lessons

Learning notes is actually pretty easy, it just takes a lot of repetition in order to memorize.

Take some time each day to practice and give yourself a minimum of 2 months to learn the basic notes on the 1st three (3) frets on all 6 strings.  

Notes on the E & B String Combo

Four (4) Video Lesson

Now you are combining both strings. You might be a little confused and  thats OK.  If you get stuck, just go back to the individual strings as needed until you feel comfortable again.

Notes on the G String

Four (4) Video Lesson

Hey you have made it to the 3rd string.  Only 4 more strings.  Just keep hacking away, and remember there will be a big reward at the end.  You will know how to read music and not just tabs.  This will also help you with music theory, which is a great asset in writing music and improvising.

Notes on E, B & G Strings Combined

Two (2) Video Lesson

Now we are having fun! See, you can do it!

Notes on the D String

Three (3) Video Lesson

Here are the notes on the D_String.  Even though you are now on the Bass string you should still practice them using the Rest Stroke.

Notes on the G & D Strings

Two (2) Video Lesson

Great you are almost done with all the strings.  Don't forget to go back and practice the earlier strings though.  This is all about memorization.  The more you play these exercises the better you will become at recognizing the notes.

Notes on the E, B, G & D Strings Combined

Two (2) Video Lesson

Keep it Up! You have come so far!

Notes on the Low A String

Four (4) Video Lesson

When you get to the low A & E-Strings we have to use ledger lines to write the notes.  Think of them as little helper lines.  It is easy to mistake the low G (2 ledger lines) with the low E-string (3 ledger lines). But again just keep practicing and you will get it.

Notes on the Low E String

Four (4) Video Lesson

When you get to the low A & E-Strings we have to use ledger lines to write the notes.  Think of them as little helper lines.  It is easy to mistake the low G (2 ledger lines) with the low E-string (3 ledger lines). But again just keep practicing and you will get it.

Notes on the Low A & E Strings

Two (2) Video Lesson

Almost done! Just 2 more to go!

Notes on the D, A & E Strings

One (1) Video Lesson

Almost there! Just one more to go!

The Note Drill: All Strings Combined

One (1) Video Lesson

I realize that this is not the nicest sounding exercise on LearnHowToPlayGuitar.com but I wrote it so that you would be forced to read the notes and not memorize the piece.  You have come a long way from learning the notes on the High E-String, so congrats.

Now you are ready to play some real music :)

Sharps & Flats (Accidentals)

One (1) Video Lesson

We can raise or lower the pitch of any note by one fret using accidentals:

sharps (#) or flats (b)

Rests in Rhythmic Notation

No Videos-Just Text

Rests (silence) in music carry the same importance as notes.

Rests are also counted like notes.

Each note value has a corresponding rest:
If you are using a metronome, the beat is set at 60 per

quarter note.

Reading 2 Part Guitar Music

No Video-Just Text

Sometimes it can be confusing to read guitar music

since it can have up to four different lines of music.

Usually when the stems go up they indicate the

melody line, when they go down the bass line. Each .....

How to Read Tablature

No Video-Just Text

Tablature is a 6 line staff that represents the guitar fingerboard. 

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