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April 17, 2013
 

Guitar Notes and Symbols

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Written by: Mike Abbott

In the picture below are different music and guitar notes
and symbols.

Try to memorize the symbols and any note relationships.

  1. The sharp symbol
    raises the pitch of a note by a half step

  2. The flat symbol
    lowers the pitch of a note by a half step

  3. The tie – a
    curved line which connects two notes of the same
    pitch. This tells you to hold the first note for
    the duration of both notes

  4. The slur – a
    curved line which connects two different notes.
    When you see a slur on the tab staff,

    it notates either a hammer-on or a pull-off (See
    Hammer-ons/Pull-offs lesson)

In this lesson, play the tab guitar notes to hear
the examples:


  • Above are some examples of note relationships to
    help you understand how rhythms work.



About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



 
 

 
 

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