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Old December 2nd, 2012, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Music reading advice

Hi guys

being self taught my music reading abilities are limited to say the least. can anyone recommend a good method book to help me develop this?


Preferably one with a CD so that i ca confirm the what Im playing is rhythmically correct?

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Old December 2nd, 2012, 07:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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William Leavitt's Berklee Guitar Method books are really good and I believe they come with recordings as well.
I started reading relatively late in the game but caught on after a while.
My advice is put aside a little time daily when you read only standard notation....no tab backup!
Good luck, it will pay off!
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 08:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The best reading book I've seen is a Berklee book by Bill Leavitt, but it's called "Melodic Rhythms for Guitar," available through Amazon or Berklee Press. It uses a very well-designed set of exercises using specific rhythms, first with single notes, then with scale patterns, then with tunes using the same rhythmic figures you're working on. It will get you reading right from page one. Highly recommended.

The Modern Method for Guitar books are great also, but they're for overall guitar development, not specifically reading. Hope it helps, CS
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+1 to what Chris S. just mentioned.

Also ... you will need to spend at least 20 minutes a practice session just on reading to notice any improvement. Ideally, 5 days week.
(any reading 'method' will work if you do the work)
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Another +1 for the Melodic Rhythms book by Leavitt.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 11:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When I was a kid (a long time ago:-)) my music teacher started my lessons with "Alfred Guitar Method" The book is still available and you can get it with a cd. You will learn how to read all your notes for the 1st 3 fret positions as well as reading cowboy chords from the note staff, melody, timing, etc. After going through both method one and two books I was able (and still am) to pick up any pop, rock, blues, sheet music and read/hear the melody in my mind. When you can do that, you don't need a sound track to confirm what you've read. I will never regret going through that learning experience.

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F-A-C-E PALM! is what usually happens to me when I try to read music
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