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Introduction to Music Theory is an introduction to another language, the LANGUAGE of MUSIC.You know the funny thing about learning to read music is that it does not require for you to be able to play an instrument, the same way learning to play a guitar doesnt require for you to be able to read music.But having knowledge and skills in any one of them aids the learning of the other. Music Theory is a self-contained literature which allows for a person to play a piece of music written down in paper without ever having heard of it.

Like any other language, learning music theory also requires time, focus and lots of practice. Practice on a regular (if not daily) basis. If your willing to put in the hard work it wont be long before you can master this beautiful form of expression. You'll be surprised how easy it is to catch up with this so-called sign language than an actual one.Simply learning the meaning of all the symbols itself makes it easier to decode the cipher. Fluency can only be achieved with Practice.

Music (notation) is plotted on a five-line grid called Staff. Notes are filled into this Musical Staff through these five horizontal lines and four parallel spaces between them. The lines and spaces are numbered from bottom-up. Like most languages, this one too is read from left to right. The vertical position of a note tells you its pitch. The higher the pitch, higher the placement of the note. The horizontal position of a note tells you when the note is to be played.

Another form of Guitar Expression is the Guitar Tabulature or Tabs as it is so-called. The major difference between tabs and notations is that reading a tab requires you to having heard the piece of music before playing it. But tabs dont convey the timing and duration between notes. So unless you have heard the piece of music before it will be a paintaking process to replicate the original. Tabs consists of a six-line grid where each line represents one of the strings of the guitar.The numbers that appear on the grid lines are the fret on which the note is to played.

This was a basic introduction to music theory and it is pretty simple so far. It is only a matter of learning the meaning of the symbols and being able to fluently translate it when they are grouped together on the musical staff. Although learning tabs is much more easier than notation and might help you in learning a piece of music faster, it is not complete learning. You normally play a piece of music you've heard and hardly play the one you have'nt, so you may ask why not learn only tabs?. In this age of the internet its always easy to get to hear a song and then learn it. But even after listening to a piece of music it sometimes becomes difficult to replicate it only with the help of tabs.Thats when applying notation makes it easy and precise.

Learning to read music is only a small element in getting to know the vast subject and forms of music. But mastering music notation only makes it easier in the process. Being able to read music also earns you the respect from other fellow Musicians and Guitarists as it gives the sense that you too respect it and are serious about learning. It also gives you a sense of freedom with music knowing that you can interpret any type of music written on a piece of paper.


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