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Learn To Play Guitar: Why Is It So Hard For Guitarists To Read Sheet Music?

By:Peter Edvinsson

Is it hard for you to read guitar sheet music? Well, let`s do something about it right now!

Anyway, why is it so hard for many guitarists to read sheet music on the guitar?

Probably it is a question easy to answer. They haven`t done anything about it.

An old used tyre leaned against the wall of a car garage can stand there for thousands of years. Why? Nobody has thought about moving it. Could it be that easy also with playing guitar sheet music? I think so.

Sometimes we consider ourselves poor sight readers or not able to read guitar sheet music at all and we think this is part of our personality. Do you think so?

Every person who wants to learn to read guitar sheet music notation properly has already taken the first step towards changing that condition, just like you have done by reading this article.

Climbing the "Reading Guitar Sheet Music" mountain starts with step one. Surprised? Well, I have been teaching guitar playing for many years and I have found that learning to play guitar is like many other activities. People, not you of course, often want to start from another position than from where they are.

I would like to suggest that we approach the sight reading assignment from two directions. First by learning to find our way around the guitar and learning the notes on the fingerboard. Secondly by learning the names of the notes on the sheet music.

May I suggest a string safari on your guitar? Doesn`t the job seem more interesting now?

With the conventional tuning on your guitar you will have the note E on the first open string. I guess you are aware of the fact that you can find the same note on the second string too. If you don?t know on what fret you will find it you can listen your way through the frets on the second string until you?ll find the note that sounds the same as the first string.

Now I will be frank and tell you that E on the second string is on the fifth fret. Maybe you have already found that out. E on the third string is on the ninth fret. Practice to play E on these different places and jump back and forth until you can find the frets without effort.

You can proceed learning more of the guitar fretboard in a similar way.

You might want to invent small exercises on you guitar fretboard, like playing all E?s on all six strings until you can play them with ease or finding all C?s and play them consecutively like a picking exercise or as an exercise for your right hand fingers.

Knowing the notes on the guitar fingerboard will be a great help for you, not only when playing guitar sheet music but also when you are playing by ear or improvising a solo.

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Peter Edvinsson is a musician, composer and music teacher. Visit his site Capotasto Music and download your free sheet music and learn to play resources at http://www.capotastomusic.com

Guitar Center goes multi-channel with Musician`s Friend acquisition

DSN Retailing Today, May 22, 2000

LOS ANGELES -- Guitar Center turned up the volume in 1999. When it acquired the Oregon-based Musician`s Friend last year, Guitar Center combined the largest bricks-and-mortar musical instrument chain with one of the largest catalog and Internet retailers of musical instruments.

At Guitar Center`s annual meeting on May 2, Marty Albertson, Guitar Center`s president and co-ceo, said that 1999 was a pivotal year for the company. "We fulfilled several of our goals this year," Albertson said.

Guitar Center`s acquisition of Musician`s s Friend instantly turned the company into a multi-channel retailer with a viable clicks-and-mortar retail strategy.

Based in the Los Angeles suburb or Agoura Hills, Calif., Guitar Center is the nation`s leading retailer of musical instruments and related equipment. Guitar Center operated 75 stores in 36 major markets nationwide as at the end of April, in addition to its Musician`s Friend catalog and Internet e-commerce site.

The acquisition of Musician`s Friend boosted Guitar Center`s share of the highly fragmented musical instrument sales market from 8% in 1998 to 9.5% in 1999. Guitar Center`s four main competitors--MARS Music, Brook/Mays/C&S/H&H, Hermes Music and Sam Ash Music Corp.--along with Guitar enter collectively accounted for just 14.5% of total musical instrument and equipment sales in 1998.

The U.S. retail market for music products was estimated at about $6.5 billion in 1998 according to a study by Music USA.

The merger with Musician`s Friend has gone smoothly, Albertson told DSN Retailing Today. "We`ve had a good experience folding it into our operation," Albertson said. "It filled a need at the right time for us."

The company plans to add 14 to 16 new stores in 2000 and will establish Guitarcenter.com as a separate and distinct site from Musiciansfriend.com, Albertson added.

Guitar Center also recently purchased the privately held Music Emporium retail store and catalog operation based in Rockville, Md. Guitar Center will keep Music Emporium`s large retail store operation to strengthen its presence in the Washington, D.C. market, but it has shut down the company`s catalog business.

Albertson added that Guitar Center obtained a 200,000-name mailing list from Music Emporium`s catalog business, which it intends to use to strengthen its mail-order operation.

All of Guitar Center`s fiscal vital signs were positive in 1999. Net sales for 1999 rose 28% to 620.1 million for the year ended Dec. 31, up from $485.7 million for 1998. Net income was $18.95 million, 82 cents per diluted share, for 1999 compared with

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