How to Read Music Notes for the Electric Guitar

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Some music sheet designed exclusively for the electric guitar have chords and notes that look different from normal. Interpret music sheet the right way with help from a professional production artist in this free video.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Chay Alexander Wright, guitarist in Los Angeles, California. I've played with Howard Hewitt, Corbin Bleu and Mario to name a few. We're going to talk about today how to ready music notes for the electric guitar. First thing is open E string, let's just start at the bottom of the instrument, E, sixth string and we'll go up to the top, E first string. On the staff you'll see that the low string, E is four spaces below the staff and you have E open and then first fret, F, then G, then A and you can see the notes just continue to go up the staff like so. So let's start over again, open string E, that's four spaces below the staff and then the next line which will be three lines below the staff is first fret, sixth string, F and then third fret, sixth string is G. That will be the third space below the staff and so on and so forth. A, fifth fret, sixth string or open A, fifth string and then B, second fret, C, third fret and then we go to the fourth string, open D, then second fret, E, third fret, F. Then third string, open G, then second fret, A and then we're going to skip on over to the second string open B, first fret, C, third fret, D and then first string, open E, just like the sixth string, first fret F, third fret, G and then the fifth fret, A is the first line. That note, A is the first line above the staff. And that's how you read music notes for the electric guitar. I'm Chay Alexander Wright.


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