Many aspiring guitar players wonder if it’s necessary to learn how to read music or not.

My answer is that it depends. There are many great guitar players, such as Stevie Ray Vaughn who couldn’t read a single note of music.

In fact, many of the most popular guitarists in the world don’t know how to read music. They understand what notes they’re playing, and how those notes interact with each other to form chords and scales, but they don’t read music in the traditional sense.

So my answer is that learning how to read music can only help. It will help you understand the underlying formulas used to create the patterns that make up scales and chords.

It will also allow you to play new music much faster than someone who can’t read music. And although many players can play just fine by ear, the ability to read music will let you learn new chords on the fly without having to spend extra time fumbling around and trying to find the right sound.

A common alternative to reading music, and  many players simply use it as a supplement, is guitar tablature.

Tablature is a method of learning to play music that is very common for guitar players. It’s based on lines which represent the strings, and numbers which represent the fret you need to play.

It’s a quick and easy way to learn new notes and chords on the guitar. And the really cool thing is that you can easily find almost any song ever written transcribed into guitar tablature.

For detailed lessons on learning to read music, read tablature, and play by ear, check out JamPlay. They have lessons that anyone from beginning guitar players to professionals can learn from, all in an easy to use learning environment.

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