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Learning Classical Guitar: Can I Use Tabs or Should I Read Music?

Whether you're brand new to guitar, or just new to classical guitar, you might be wondering, "what's the deal with tabs and sheet music?" Let guitar teacher Raymond L. clear up the fog and put you on the right path to classical guitar success... To get started, let's be sure to clearly distinguish standard musical notation from what we call nowadays "tab" notation. What is Tab? The name tab, or guitar tab, is derived from tablature, a form of musical notation indicating fingering and fr … Read More
Learning Classical Guitar: Can I Use Tabs or Should I Read Music?
Whether you're brand new to guitar, or just new to classical guitar, you might be wondering, "what's the deal with tabs and sheet music?" Let guitar teacher Raymond L. clear up the fog and put you on the right path to classical guitar success... To get started, let's be sure to clearly distinguish standard musical notation from what we call nowadays "tab" notation. What is Tab? The name tab, or guitar tab, is derived from tablature, a form of musical notation indicating fingering and fr
Beginner Basics: How to Teach Yourself Guitar
Getting started on guitar can be mystifying without a great teacher to guide you. Follow these tips from guitar teacher Jerry W. and  you'll be on your way to playing the guitar... So you want to teach yourself how to play guitar? You dream of playing your favorite song or gigging in a band. You've bought a guitar and you're ready to start. But now what? Where should you begin? In this post I will walk you through making a plan to teach yourself guitar. I will cover the steps to developing
Piano Basics: 20 Ways to Instantly Improve
From piano basics to the more advanced techniques -- what are the best ways to instantly improve your playing? Take a look at these 20 helpful tips from Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Maybe you're a brand new piano beginner, ready to start your journey. Maybe you're a seasoned pianist who's found himself in a state of stagnated growth. Either way, you could use a boost for your skills. Here's a list of 20 ways to instantly improve: 1. Stretch before you play. So much pain,
How to Have a Terrible Band Practice in 10 Easy Steps
If you're anything like me, you're always trying to find ways to sharpen your skills as a musician and as a bandmate. Even though you try your best, there are still days when nothing seems to go right.  So I wondered, what would the absolute worst band practice really look like? Guitar teacher Jessica D. shares her nightmare vision of a rehearsal gone terribly, horribly wrong... Step 1: Nothing's worse than not knowing if your bandmate will show up for practice, so why not have a l
How to Set the Right Goals for Piano Lessons
Excited about learning piano? Thinking about and setting specific goals is a must-do before you start your lessons. Learn how to set yourself up for success in this guest post by Helendale, CA teacher Sylvia S...   You’ve been thinking about learning piano lessons for a while, or maybe you’ve been away from the piano for a while and want a refresher. Maybe your family relocated or your piano teacher retired, got married, or changed to a different career. Whatever happened, you’re read

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