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Reading Music - The Basics

Music is a common language used world wide and recognized by musicians.

PUBLISHED: Feb 27, 2016 UPDATED: Feb 27, 2016VIEWS: 13 • LESSON CODE: ML14

Instruments: ANY banjo guitar mandolin ukulele Subjects: rockpracticescalestechniquechords

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Reading Music - The Basics

Music is a common language used world wide and recognized by musicians in lots of different countries even speaking different languages.

This lessons gives a basic understanding on how to read a lead shot, song sheet, chord chart, etc...

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Reading Music can be thought of on many different levels. 1) the ability to slowly and painfully _work out_ the written music. 2) the ability to _hear_ the music by looking at the notation. 3) the ability to _notate_ your ideas in standard music notation. 4) the ability to _read_ music as you read a book or an article. 5) the ability to communicate with other musicians in the written language of music. 6) the ability to learn songs that you've never heard.

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Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation • Updated: Feb 12, 2020

"TAB" or "Tablature", is an alternate form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play. TAB is sort of a secret language between guitar players and ukulele players. Although a shortcut to getting started it actually serves to alienate one from the rest of the music world.

Standard Music Notation • Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Music notation or musical notation refers to various systems of writing music. Diverse systems of musical notation have developed in various cultures. In fact, many cultures simply do not notate their music in any form.

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TAB, short for tablature is a form of musical notation using numbers and letters on a staff that that corresponds to the number of strings of fretted string instrument. Theses number tell a player which fret to place their fingers on the fingerboard. TAB has a history with lute music from centuries ago and has found wide use in the music publishing industry catering to the guitarist who can?t or doesn't want to learn to read.

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