1. Newbie
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hey.
this is my first post.
i see most of the ppl use tabs for playing n most of the times so do i.
however tabs fail to give the rythm, the beats n the timing of the song.
for this proper music notations r reqd.
dont know y ppl r scared of them. they'r pretty simple.
see if u can understand them
so here goes :

basically the notations consist of five horizontal lines

before the music piece begins, there is a cleft.
'&' this type of cleft is called a trebble cleft.
for normal guitar playing this will be used
another cleft that looks like an inverted C is called bass cleft.
this implies tht the piece to be played with the bass of the guitar or the piano.
so ignore the bass cleft if ur not playing bass

now depending on where the symbols r on the lines that note has to be played.
i use the normal c,d,e,f,g,a,b notations.

g
---------------------f
e
---------------d------
c
-----------b---------
a
-------g--------------
f
--e-------------------
d

also u can go above and below these five lines by making small lines to get lower and higher notes.

NOTATIONS

now in these music sheets u will not see the letters in their place there will be note symbols.

symbol meaning
o one whole note.
o with a line half note (to be played for half the time of full note)
o with a line n solid quarter (to be played for 1/4 time of full note)
above with a tail one eighth
above with 2 tails one sixteenth

MEASURES AND TIME SIGNATURES
the entire music piece is divided into small equal parts. each part is called a measure. measures r seperated by lines called bars.
the number of beats that a song has should be finished within one measure.

most of the songs have 4 beats.
i.e. assume each beat to be one second. tap ur foot per beat. u should finish playing one measure on ur fourth tap.
also this means that a full note will go on for 4 seconds and so on.
in reality a beat will be shorter than a second. (generally half a second). however u can take it to be ne thing even one minute. all it will do is correspondingly slow down ur entire tempo. n tht is the beauty tht the overall feel and rythm of the song will be maintained.

after the cleft u should see a number like 4/4. this gives u the beats in the song. the above number is the number of beats per measure. thus there r 4 beats in one measure. the other number (1/4) signifies the note that is to be considered one beat. in this case the 1/4 note is one beat.
it could have been ne thing n the number of beats and/or the note signifying one beat would change.
if hypothetically it was 4/2, then u would have four beats in one measure n each measure would have four 1/2 notes (as opposed to four 1/4 notes in the above case).

Remember beats of a song can change midway n are simply written before the part to be changed.

SHARPS AND FLATS
till now we can only denote normal notes. however to denote sharps or flats is very simple. just place a # or a b before the note. if # or b comes next to the cleft before the song begins, it means tht all those notes till mentioned otherwise r sharp or flat.

RESTS
the '-' means tht u have to let the previous note ring for a quarter note.
the symbol like a bracket { means that u have to maintain complete silence for a quarter note. these r also considered notes n have to be considered while keeping beats.

REPEAT
the symbol : : means u have to repeat nething in between.

finally the songs end with a double bar

well hope u can learn something from this. ne questions or things i might have forgotten r welcome.

2. good post . please continue to post.

3. good post
Sheet Music is the BEST (till date) form of writing MUSIC.
But its never customized or narrowed down to a particular instrument.
All lead music is written under the G cleft and the bass is written in the bass cleft.
Everything that needs to be explained, from timing to octave and pitch to tempo, slides and other forms of accents, styles etc are conveyed in this form of music.
Its very simple to understand, but yes it takes a lot of time to actually PLAY while READING which you dont actually need to do while learning.

But as a guitarist, the only thing the STAFF cannot explain is the finger position or fret positioning. So nowadays all staff music (termed sheet music) available for the guitar are accompanied with tablature also.
So TABLATURE is not a NO NO, its a complete YES YES, just that you shouldnt rely on that always. And TABLATURE is useless if youve not heard the song before, or you dont have access to the song.
BUT sheet music doesnt require you to have heard the piece before

4. Nice post Neo.

One can further enlighten themselves in this aspect at http://www.musictheory.net

5. very nice post , neologic ...

6. nice post neo.. i dint kno ny of these.. post some more. reps 4 u.

7. Newbie
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thx subhro, everyone!

8. Tabber
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lol question question question..

suppose if u only have sheet music...how do u know where to play it....like how would u know whether to play it towards the bridge.....or the other side....how do u signal that on sheet music? :S

9. some times clefs have lines that go vertically upwards sometimes vertically downwards .... why is that ? ..

10. And yeah.... why r sometimes two or more notes joined by a horizontal line?
does it mean a slide or playing the notes at onceor maybe appregio......as far as i know.... chords....i.e. playing the notes at once is denoted by vertically stacking the notes at the same instant.

11. Newbie
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liquid : didn't quite get ur question but if it means which frets to use than that is not mentioned. u can use what u please.
shahrukh : up n down lines have no significance. they r only to make it neater if there are too many notations in one measure
light : two notes joined by horz line? assuming a curved line than its just tht the previous note has to continue ringing while the next one is played

12. @liquid....notes r mentioned in the notation... from that u have to figure out the fret position ur self....after a while u'll get used to it....

the lower g in the notation is the 6th string 3rd fret on normal tuning....usually....correct me if i'm wrong here.......then u get the idea about rest of the notes.

13. Tabber
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ok ok .....i get what ur sayin but ill clairfy my question anyways...lol

suppose the sheet music read "a"...( near the middle )..

so on tab it would be :
-------------------------
-------------------------
---2-----------------------

but what if it is meant to be played somewhere near the end....and not so close to the nut.....more near the end of the guitar...how r u supposed to figure it out then?....and how do u get "used to that"? :S

14. Newbie
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Staff notation can't help with where exactly u play an "A" note - could be open A on the 5th string, 2nd fret, 3rd string, 5th fret 1st string.....u get the idea (sometimes they will put a notation like "8ve" - means play an ocatve higher). This has to do with "voicing" - some voicings sound better than others. More on voicing some other time.

In this particular respect, tab is better than written music.

Written music though has one big advantage over tab - it signifies time of each note/beat, u can get really rigorous with the timing - quarter note, hal note, sixteenth. triplets etc. Idea is if u can play exactly in time, then u can start taking liberties and improvise, so if u r really good, u can "interpret" written music - more on interpretation later as well.

15. Tabber
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thanks man...

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