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reading sheet music

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by retitled, Feb 13, 2004.


  1. retitled

    retitled

    Feb 13, 2004
    forest hills
    im trying to learn to read sheet music and im having trouble. lets say it tells me to play an "A" how do i know if i have to play an open third string or the 5th fret on the top string?
     
  2. You play whathever sounds good to your ear it doesn't matter it's the same note and sheet music only tells you the pitch and the duration of the note. where you play the note is up to you.
     
  3. retitled

    retitled

    Feb 13, 2004
    forest hills
    does that pertain to octaves too? i was told that if standard the strings are tuned to standard then the 5th fret up and over is the same as the one u started from. so would it matter wich string u play? and how will i know wich octave to play?
     
  4. In general you may wish to choose the one which minimizes switching between different
    left hand positions.
    i.e. you should consider the range of the surrounding notes.
    Notes that can be played as open strings aren't really a problem
    of course, more difficult decisions may have to be made with e.g.
    a B flat.

    Tonal considerations also may be important too.
     
  5. stephanie

    stephanie

    Nov 14, 2000
    Scranton, PA
    I agree with spaceman.

    Give yourself a minute to peruse the piece. Determine what key it is in. Be aware of the lowest notes of the piece and the highest notes. This will help you figure out what position you will feel comfortable playing in...mind, you will most likely be changing positions throughout the song.
     
  6. Even though it's the same note...they have different tones.

    Like...15th fret on E string (G) sounds different then open G even though it's the same note,same octave.
     
  7. stephanie

    stephanie

    Nov 14, 2000
    Scranton, PA
    If I'm understanding your question correctly...

    An A on the 5th fret E string and an A on the 2nd fret G string, for example, would be written in different places on the staff because they are different pitches.

    For a quick review...

    The lines on the staff are G B D F A
    The spaces on the staff are A C E G

    The higher the pitch, the higher the note's place on the staff.
     
  8. stephanie

    stephanie

    Nov 14, 2000
    Scranton, PA
    ...sounds the same to me... open G, 5th fret D string, 10th fret A string, and 15th fret E string all have the same pitch.

    12th fret G string and 17th fret D string have the same pitch.
     
  9. I know the same pitch. But different string "density" since the G(15th fret -E ) is on the low E string,and is high up on the board...it makes it sound "thick" when open G is "twangy" and thin. I dunno.
     
  10. stephanie

    stephanie

    Nov 14, 2000
    Scranton, PA
    Ah...I see what you mean...or hear rather? :D