1-11 How To Read A Song Chart

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ok this about made me cry in pain (slight exaggeration, very slight lol)I played that tablature through with the repeats thats interesting but now I am wondering how to read that music I am curious about everything ugg cannot tease me. also I saw the 4/4 is that beat type meaning if it was 3/4 would be a bit different oh well will wait till get further I am easily distracted.

Hi Thomas,
I tried to apply the same logic for 1-15, but I couldn’t. Don’t know what am i missing.

In lec 1-15, you play chord C and chord G7 twice or thrice in the beginning. So I was expecting 3X in the chord chart.

What am I missing?

Tomas (Administrator) June 27, 2020 at 7:19 pm

Hi Shoalib,

Thanks for your question. It’s nice to hear from you.

I’d like to use this as an opportunity to give you a little more coaching than you’ve asked for if you’re willing.

If you’re anything like myself and many other adults you’ll tend to try to figure things out logically first. It’s just what we do and what has been successful for us in many aspects of our lives.

However when learning music it’s not the best approach to lead with. I could ask you more questions and try to figure out what’s confusing you. But… then I would be encouraging you to figure it logically.

You’ll have a lot more opportunities to learn this notation in the 2nd Adventure anyway.

For now, I’d like to recommend an experiment that will serve you much better at this time.

I want you to print out or bring up on the screen the written music for the exercise. Then I want you to play the video over and over while following along with the music. Don’t touch your guitar during this experiment.

Listen carefully to what I’m playing on the video. Try the best you can to discern what it looks like on paper as you hear it. What you’re doing is matching the sound with the notation. This will be much more valuable than trying to figure out intellectually how it works.

Don’t worry if you don’t get it the first time… or the second time. Or the third, or fourth or fifth. You get the idea. The benefit is in the effort. Think of it like working out with dumbbells. As long as you don’t seriously hurt yourself every effort is building more muscle.

After you spent a week doing this for 5 minutes a day I’d like to hear back from you about your experience. Any feedback is fine.

Thank you Tomas. I will do what you have suggested above.

Tomas (Administrator) October 31, 2018 at 12:47 am

You’re welcome Bob.

Tomas- Very nice lesson on chord chats and graphics to go with it. Thanks!

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