How To Read Guitar Sheet Music

How To Read Guitar Sheet Music

Learning how to read standard guitar notation is very similar to learning how to read music for any instrument.

The basic features of a stave, notes and other notation markings are all found.

There are also similar features to piano notation such as fingering suggestions. It is more simple to follow than piano music as it is on only one stave.

However, increasingly guitar music is written in the form of tab. Tab should not be confused with stave notation. Each of the lines on tab corresponds to a string on the guitar and not to a specific pitch. The numbers underneath the notes on tab show which fret to play the string on. Have a look at this comparison between guitar sheet music and tab.

guitar sheet music example

It’s also important to note that guitar sheet music sounds an octave lower than it is written.