The iReadGuitar Pro Mission
Read guitar music. The iReadGuitar Pro apps's 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. Get a free no obligation taster of the course with the iReadGuitar app.
They are both available now on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
The approach is step-by-step, with only one piece of new information presented at a time.
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 begin to recognize many popular tunes.
The course is organised into 60 sections. Each section teaches only one new musical element at a time.
A new musical element can be a note, a rhythm, a key signature, a time signature, a rest, an accidental or a tie.
For each new musical element there are 4 exercises to practice it with.
The information screen is the first part of each section.
You see a new musical element on-screen, with a pictorial explanation.
When you swipe the screen the first bar of the first musical exercise appears.
As you work through the course the elements you have already learned reappear in the music again and again, supporting the latest element.
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. This way you can't fall into the bad habit of naming the note as you come to it. The process should be 'see the symbol, play the sound', not 'see the symbol, name the note, play the sound'.
At the beginning of each musical exercise the screen is static and shows:
- the treble clef
- the key signature (sharps or flats or nothing)
- the time signature (24, 34, 44, 38 or 68)
- the notes in the first bar
- the tempo up button (top arrow)
- the tempo down button (bottom arrow)
- the section number (large white number)
- the exercise number (small white number)
When you are ready to play you tap the screen. The tempo arrows and white numbers disappear and the 'slide-show' begins:
You hear drumstick clicks which count you in.
You don't play yet!
The second bar replaces the first bar and the musical accompaniment begins. You play the first bar while reading the notes in the second bar.
You are already learning to read ahead!
When the second bar is replaced by the third bar you play the second bar while reading the third bar.
You continue like this to the end of the exercise.
Reading ahead like this gives you time to think and to plan fingerings.
Don't worry! There are clear instructions at the beginning of the course which explain the read-ahead process in detail.
1. Read ahead
It gives you time to think and to plan fingerings.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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