It seems that everybody wants to learn how to play the guitar. But learning the basics is just the start and if you can learn how to read electric guitar sheet music you can open up a whole new exciting side to your technique. When you first begin you will be playing single notes but as you progress quite often you may need to play up to 6 notes. Your next step to improving the way you play is to learn to play 2 notes or in this case simple octaves. If you can learn to read and play 2 notes with electric guitar sheet music you will be well on your way to greatly improving your over all guitar techniques.
1 – Find The Octaves
Before we try to play the song you have chosen, you need to look through your guitar sheet music to find two notes that are the same but are stacked on top of one another. These are octaves because they are an octave apart. You should start by putting your first finger (or index finger) of your fretting hand on the lower note of the two. Next you need to place the little finger (or your ring finger) on the top note.
2 – Dampen And Strum
Once you have your fingers in the correct position try strumming the strings with your pick hand. You only want to be hearing the octave strings. If you hear that some of the other notes are sounding you need to mute them by gently laying the middle finger of your fret hand over any offending strings. This may be a bit difficult to control but after a some practice you will find the best position that works for you.
3 – Play 2 Sets Of Octaves On The Same Strings
The step you need to take next to help your reading and playing electric guitar sheet music is to try and play two sets of octaves on the same strings. This technique can sometimes be quite tricky as you ideally need to keep your fret hand in a similar shape as you slide from one set of octaves to the next. With a bit of practice you will discover your own particular way of playing this.
4 – Play 2 Sets Of Octaves On Different Strings
Once you have gotten to grips with playing 2 sets of octaves on the same sets of strings you can then move on to playing 2 octaves in a row on different strings. On of the keys to mastering guitar sheet music when you move from one note to the next and from one set of strings to the next is to en-devour to keep your hand in as close to the same shape as you can and also to keep it as close to the strings as possible. Learning to play octaves is not easy and you may find yourself not seeming to progress. But you must keep trying because suddenly it will all become clear and you will soon forget that you were ever struggling to read and play electric guitar sheet music