The iReadGuitar Pro Mission
The iReadGuitar Pro mission is to guide guitarists of all styles and levels towards playing standard musical notation at sight efficiently and confidently.
No previous knowledge of music theory is assumed.
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The approach is step-by-step, with only one piece of new information presented at a time.
The course is organised into 60 sections. Each section teaches only one new musical element at a time. There are 4 exercises to practice each new musical element .
At first the melodies are extremely simple. As you learn more and more notes they become more complex. It's just like a touch-typing course where you don't immediately produce proper words and sentences. You have to wait until you've learned enough letters.
As you progress through the course the music will become more and more tuneful and you will soon be playing many popular tunes.
The information screen is the first part of each section. You see a new musical element – for example a new note - with a pictorial explanation.
As you work through the course the elements you have already learned reappear in the music again and again, supporting the latest elements.
A new musical element can also be music theory explaining a rhythm, a key signature, a time signature, a rest, an accidental or a tie.
All new music theory is explained simply and graphically.
Clear simple instructions
Instructions at the beginning of the course explain how to use the course in detail and will introduce you to the simple but essential skill of reading ahead.
The three principles of good sight-reading are:
- Read ahead
It gives you time to think and to plan fingerings.
- Don't name the notes
When the new element is a new note you are not told its name. You don't need to know its name in order to read it efficiently. The process should be 'see the symbol, play the sound', not 'see the symbol, name the note, play the sound'.
- Keep your eyes on the score
You maximise the time available for processing the symbols.
You improve your proprioception – your sense of where your limbs are in 3-dimensional space – in this case knowing where your fingers are on the fretboard.
The accompaniments are all on the beat. They are chords or single notes, and give a solid reassuring basis to play along with.
They are played on piano.
They will keep you in time and add to your enjoyment.
Regular progress updates
You decide your study schedule, reviewing and moving forward as you wish.
Lots of consolidation
Every fourth section is a review section. These will consolidate your growing expertise as you work through the course at your own pace.
Advice and tips
Practical ideas for making the most of the course and your new skill are provided throughout.