How Can I Learn to Read Guitar Music?
I've been playing guitar for about 13 months now and I've found myself at a dead end, I know technique pretty well and key signatures/chords and all that lovely stuff but I still feel like a "below average" guitar player at best, I can find any note on the fret and find most chords but if you put music in front of me it takes about 5 minutes for me to "learn" a 4 beat measure, I've been reading trumpet music for 8 years so I can understand the rhythms, length of notes and stuff but I just can't get my fingers to see a note and play it like I see some guys do, are there any tips you can give me to learn how to read music better? anything will help, thank you
Thirteen months is a very short time. I suspect that you are trying to rush things a bit.
If you want to improve your reading ability, you need to start at the beginning--just like when you learned to read trumpet music. There are no shortcuts.
The book that I use for my students is
Berklee Press A Modern Method for Guitar - Volume 1 (Book/DVD-Rom) Standard
This book will take you from the very beginning and teach you to read fluently step by step. All of my students have learned to read very well.
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