1. Chuck Labate
    March 26th, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    David….When you publish your next lesson on [ Re- Beginning the guitar] can you write a short paragraph on this question. How important is it to learn how to read music if you want to learn how to play guitar. Recently I sign up for guitar lessons at a adult education class held at our local school. Even though I’ve been playing for a couple of years [yes I have all your books and read everything you have written over the years] I was told I couldn’t take the class because I couldn’t read music. I told the teacher this is noncense. So I took out my guitar and played “julia” which you help me learn . I was told I played very well and he stuck to his guns saying all my students must know how to read music to take this class. After this statement 90% of the class walk out and he was left with only a few students. I’m 58 yrs. old. I don’t want to the next guitar hero or tour the world I just want to have fun. Thank you for your time……

  2. David
    March 28th, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    Hi and thanks for writing

    In a nutshell, you’re both right but you’re a little more right than your teacher is. If he was that adamant about the prerequisite of reading music, it should have been in the course description and you would have known before signing up.

    I’ll be writing quite a bit on this topic up and putting it online this week. Hope that it will be worth the read!

    Thanks again for the post and I’m looking forward to chatting with you again soon.


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