Reading for guitarists, Vol. 1: Rhythm and notation

Guitarists have a bad rap when it comes to reading music. While this generalization rings true, it’s rarely acknowledged that the guitar is a technically demanding instrument to read on. The complicated nature of the instrument, and lack of access to proper instruction, often causes guitarists to give up on reading. But no more!

This course was specifically designed for guitarists who want to learn to read music notation. It starts at square one: the focus is on the fundamentals of notation and the practice of reading rhythm. With over 30 playing tests for both guitar and drum pad, backing tracks and real-life playing scenarios, this course aims to demystify what it means to read music and will help you to communicate more efficiently with other musicians.

The course breaks down into six detailed sections:

1. Basic rhythmic divisions
2. Basic rhythmic subdivisions
3. Advanced rhythmic subdivisions (notes)
4. Basic and advanced rest subdivisions
5. Triplets
6. Slash notation

Grab your guitar, plus some drum sticks, and let’s go!



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Total time: 84 minutes across 51 parts

· Introduction Free preview
· 1.1 Whole, half and quarter notes
· 1.1 Playing test (drum pad)
· 1.1 Playing test (guitar)
· 1.2 Whole, half and quarter rests
· 1.2 Playing test (drum pad)
· 1.2 Playing test (guitar)
· 1.3 Time signatures
· 1.3 Playing test (drum pad)
· 1.3 Playing test (guitar)
· 2.1 Eighth notes
· 2.1 Playing test (drum pad)
· 2.1 Playing test (guitar)
· 2.2 Sixteenth notes
· 2.2 Playing test (drum pad)
· 2.2 Playing test (guitar)
· 2.3 Dotted values
· 2.3 Playing test (drum pad)
· 2.3 Playing test (guitar)
· 3.1 Advanced rhythmic combinations (one eighth + two sixteenths)
· 3.1 Playing test (drum pad)
· 3.1 Playing test (guitar)
· 3.2 Advanced rhythmic combinations (two sixteenths and one eighth)
· 3.2 Playing test (drum pad)
· 3.2 Playing test (guitar)
· 3.3 Advanced rhythmic combinations (ties)
· 3.3 Playing test (drum pad)
· 3.3 Playing test (guitar)
· 4.1 Advanced rest subdivisions (eighth note rests)
· 4.1 Playing test (drum pad)
· 4.1 Playing test (guitar)
· 4.2 Advanced rest subdivisions (sixteenth note rests)
· 4.2 Playing test (drum pad)
· 4.2 Playing test (guitar)
· 4.3 Advanced rest subdivisions (mixing values)
· 4.3 Playing test (drum pad)
· 4.3 Playing test (guitar)
· 5.1 Triplets (basic triplets)
· 5.1 Playing test (drum pad)
· 5.1 Playing test (guitar)
· 5.2 Triplets (advanced triplets)
· 5.2 Playing test (drum pad)
· 5.2 Playing test (guitar)
· 5.3 Triplets (time signatures)
· 5.3 Playing test (drum pad)
· 5.3 Playing test (guitar)
· 6.1 Slash notation (strumming patterns)
· 6.1 Common strumming patterns
· 6.2 Slash notation (comping)
· 6.2 Playing test (guitar)
· Conclusion

About Corey Richardson

Corey Richardson is Chicago-based guitarist who specializes in pop, jazz and musical theatre. He’s a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance and is also a member of the Soundslice team.

His performance credits include guitar work with the viral YouTube theatre troupe “Team Starkid” and “Glee‘s” Darren Criss.

About Soundslice

Soundslice is the ultimate learning and practice environment for music.

Our site gives you sheet music (and tablature) that’s synced with real audio/video recordings. That means you’ll be listening to real performances as you work through material — giving you insight into the human elements of music that couldn’t possibly be notated.

Use our simple-yet-powerful tools to explore music deeply. Slow down audio/video without changing pitch; loop sections simply by dragging across notation. It’s seamless and beautiful.

When you buy, you get instant access. Everything works in your web browser, with nothing to download or install. Works on tablets and smartphones, too.

Best of all, a majority of the proceeds goes directly to the instructor, not to a faceless corporation. Thanks for supporting musicians!