Acoustic Guitar Tablature - Is It Real Sheet Music?As a beginneracoustic guitaristyou're probably wondering whether learning your songs fromguitar tablature is as good as getting them from "real" sheet music. Learning to play acousticguitar is a great adventure which is sometimes spoilt a bit by the prospect of having to learnto read music. But for most acoustic guitar players, learning all the symbols and theoryconnected with musical notation is not really necessary.Tablature for acoustic guitar has certain points giving it an edge over standard music notation.Actually historians tell us that tablature was used to record musical compositions long beforeconventional notation. They don't seem to have much idea how musicians attributed notevalues to compositions they has never heard played. Maybe it wasn't an issue in the sixteenthcentury.So what do you learn from tabs? Tablature shows diagrammatically where finger positions areindicated using numbers representing the guitar's frets along horizontal lines representing thestrings. The note G played on the first (thinnest) string is shown by the number 3 written onthe top line of the tablature. Sometimes the person writing the tablature will group the notestogether to show that they are all the same value but this is not a hard and fast rule.Hammer-ons, string bends, pull-offs and other techniques are shown by symbols. Eachtablature writer has his own idea of the best way to show how to play the music, and heusually includes a legend showing his symbols on each tab. With the aid of guitar tabs, youcan learn new music quickly without going to the additional trouble of learning conventionalmusic notation.Despite the fact that tempo and time signatures are not included, sometimes it's easier forthe guitarist to pick up music from tablature. The ease with which you can learn to readtablature means that your progress on the guitar is not slowed by the need to cope with suchthings as the use of alternate tunings.Another bonus is in the ease in sharing acoustic guitar music on the internet. Guitar tab iseasily written on a computer by way of ASCII code, which makes it easier to email or post onthe web. Maybe when you get some guitar playing experience under your belt you could try
writing some music down for yourself. A great chance to see the difficulties facing composersfor theguitar. Unfortunately debate over copyright issues has made posting guitar tab a littlebit contentious, but you can still share tab privately by email.A lot of guitar teachers proclaim the virtues of learning to read sheet music. Some even thinkyou are not a "real" musician unless you can read "real" music. If you have a burning desire tofollow a career in music then the versatility given you by the ability to read music will be adefinite advantage. But if you look at playing music as a way of each individual expressingthemselves in their own unique way, then how you write your music down is not one of thebiggest issues in your life!A History Of Country MusicMusicians have long been playing fiddle music in the Appalachians for years, but it wasn’tuntil 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee that the first recording country music recording deal wassigned. In this year, Victor Records signed Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.Jimmie Rodgers was born in Meridian Mississippi, in 1897. Originally he worked on therailroads until his ill health got the better of him and it was only during this time that hefollowed his earlier love of entertaining. In 1927 he followed word that Victor Records weresetting up a portable recording studio and made his way there. He was immediately signedand continued recording and playing music until he died in 1933.In 1965 he was one of the very first musicians to be added to the Country Music Hall of Famein 1961 along with Hank Williams and Fred Rose. On the same day as Jimmie Rodgers signed
with Victor Records, so did the Carter Family, who would become one of the most famouscountry music bands of all time. They remained with Victor Records until 1936. Not evendivorce could separate the band though and they continued to record with Decca until 1939.Things started to hit a rough patch at this stage and despite signing for Universal andeventually Victor Records again, the band split in 1941.It is widely acknowledged that that big day in 1927 was the introduction of country music tothe rest of the country. Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family were met with huge criticalacclaim and became incredibly popular helping to sell a great many records. Country musicsingers and bands of today will often talk about the Carter Family or Jimmie Rodgers as beingtheir major influence and with very good reason.AMusic LessonAt Your Own Pace, What A Concept!A good music lesson is simply the best way to learn how to play the piano. This is becausemost people need the discipline they get from learning how to play music in a certainsequence of time. Once you master one lesson, you will be able to move on to the next with agreat deal of confidence as your skills start to improve. It’s this confidence that is going tokeep you wanting to play the piano and increase your musical knowledge and ability.The piano is one of the most popular musical instruments today. Most people who are startingout choose to play the piano because of its diversity and simplicity. Once you learn to play thepiano, you’ll be able to pick up almost any other instrument and be able to produce sometype of quality sound.When looking for the right style of piano to play, you should consider how serious you areabout learning. You will find some pianos are extremely expensive, and this type of piano maynot be necessary for someone who is just starting out. Pianos do tend to hold their value, andif you take good care of it you can probably sell it many years later for a decent price whenyou are ready to replace it with something newer.The music of thepianocan be heard almost anywhere including clubs, schools, churches,symphonies, and at home. Once you get into a routine for each music lesson you take, you’llfind that making time to practice is something you look forward to.Learning online through an online piano course is a great way to play in your own homewithout having to fuss with scheduling or finding a teacher. You decide when you want tolearn your next lesson, as well as when you have the confidence to move on to the next musiclesson. Many people are already finding out how easy it so to learn how to play the piano ontheir own.Each music lesson is designed to teach you what you need in order to advance to the nextlevel. All of the notes and chords for the next set of songs are presented at the beginning ofthe lesson. You don’t move forward until you feel you are ready. This means you can spendmore time on one lesson over another if you’d like. And it also means you can go back to alesson at any time to review what you’ve already learned.