Rudiments of Music Notation
Learning the classical guitar music involves reading music sheets. These music sheets are different from guitar tablatures because classical guitar music sheets consist of various musical notes and symbols that are used widely in different kinds of music.
Musical notes are written here. It consists of 5 lines and 4 spaces.
There is usually a clef sign at the beginning of each line of music. For the guitar music, a treble clef (G clef) is used.
Notes and Rests
Musical notes are placed on the lines and spaces of a staff to indicate a certain pitch and duration of the musical sound to be played. On the contrary, pauses or silences in music are notated too. They are called rests.
Here are some of the notes and rests and their corresponding values:
The notes on each line and each space of the staff are named:
As a mnemonic, the notes on the lines of the staff can be remembered as “Every Good Boy Does Fine” and the notes on the spaces recalled as “FACE.”
There are also notes that can be written above and below the staff. They can be shown by adding ledger lines. These are the extra lines above and below the staff.
Here are some of the notes on the lines and spaces above and below the staff.
Measures and Bar Lines
The bar lines divide the staff into measures.
Time Signature or Meter
This is a numerical fraction that follows after the clef sign. The numerator indicates the number of beats per measure and the denominator represents what note gets one beat.
Taking the Difficult Path
These are only some of the basics that you need to know about learning the classical guitar. Yes, it is not that easy, but your effort and time learning the instrument is definitely worth it because the classical guitar can produce one of the most beautiful sounds ever.