Chapter 4 - Reading

Objectives: In this chapter, you'll learn nothing! Other than which book to buy to learn to read music.

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What Is This Chapter?

There's no new material in this chapter. It's a review of what you should have learned in previous chapters. It also provides a 'chapter pause' for you to learn to read music using another resource. You'll return to Chapter 5 once you've learned a few basics about reading music.


You should be able to do all of these things now. Use this as a checklist for your proficiency exam.

Reading Music

Here's the book I currently recommend for learning to read music. I recommend you get the paperback edition rather than a digital copy.
Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1, 2nd edition
Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1, 2nd edition

There are three levels in this series: Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3. After completing Book 1 you should be ready to continue with Chapter 5 on this web site, in addition to starting Hal Leonard Book 2.