What to do when you don’t trust the sheet music (or guitar tab)?



Asked by: Brian Marinovic

Is there an alternative to sheet music?





The Dodeka music notation is an alternative music notation that writes musical notes in a more intuitive, easier to learn and less confusing way. The notation is clear, visual and easy to understand, as well as works with every musical instrument.

Is it better to learn guitar tabs or sheet music?

Guitar tablature has unique benefits that music notation does not have. Tab can be used to guide the learner in playing a musical part exactly how it was originally played. Tab can show you which frets to play on what strings, and how to pluck the notes. This is very helpful when learning guitar.

Is it OK to learn guitar with tabs?

Tablature is the perfect tool to introduce beginners to chord shapes and various songs on the guitar, but after you’ve graduated from that novice level, tabs actually inhibit your ear from getting better. As we know, ear training is one of the most important skills for any musician.
Feb 13, 2017

How can I play guitar without tabs?

Lower and then you're going to put that uh that fourth fret gonna put your other finger on that fourth fret of the d string. So just like a power chord b power chord.

Are music notes worth it?





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Are Ipads good for sheet music?

The 12.9′ iPad Pro is the best tablet for sheet music, period. Sitting at the very top of Apple’s iPad range, it is a very powerful machine designed for professionals, and since their launch in 2015 we at Newzik have been using a countless number of them in our work with music ensembles.
Nov 6, 2020

Do guitarists read music?

Guitarists that play or write pop music primarily rely on knowing chords and maybe some theoretical knowledge. Though some of these guitarists may read music well, they are definitely in the minority. Blues, funk and country guitarists generally don’t need to read music.
Mar 29, 2013

Can a non musician learn guitar?

A lot of guitarists can play guitar without reading music by learning to play by ear. Playing guitar by ear takes longer to learn and is hard in the beginning, but is possible to become an accomplished guitarist without reading music.
May 14, 2020

Can you learn guitar by ear?

Playing by ear is a great way to pick up songs easily and quickly. You can both do it with notes and chords, and it can be nice and easy or really hard. You’ll be able to start off with ease, but then it’ll take practice…
Mar 23, 2019



Is playing by ear a gift?

Playing by Ear: People who can play by ear are born with some innate musical talent that others don’t have. This really gets to the heart of why people get so hung up on this. People like feeling like they were born with a magical gift that makes them special.
Jun 9, 2017

How long does it take to be good at guitar?

More Arbitrary Ratings of Proficiency

Level Hours Needed Daily Practice Investment
Beginning 625 156 days
Intermediate 1250 10 months
Advanced 2500 1.8 years
Expert 5000 3.5 years

Is playing by ear hard?

For most of us, playing by ear just takes time and practice.



It’s not a difficult thing to do per se, but that’s only because there isn’t one big master formula you can try to master to learn it. It comes organically, through familiarizing yourself with how your instrument sounds.
Nov 30, 2017



Are you born with a musical ear?

They tested 224 members of 15 different families of musicians and found that musical ability is 50% inherited. Several studies have found that human evolution favors people with an ear for music.
Oct 22, 2019

How do you know if you are musically gifted?

Signs your child or student may be musically gifted include:

  1. Musically-responsive movement.
  2. Response to good (and bad) sounds.
  3. Listening for music in the world.
  4. Hearing songs or melodic ideas all around.
  5. Instrument playing by ear.
  6. Matching pitch.
  7. Picking out harmony lines.
  8. Heightened emotional response.