Outline - Sight Reading for Guitar
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Outline - Sight Reading for Guitar
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Unit no.TitleConcepts introducedExercisesDuets
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0Introduction- Why sight-read?
- What is the keep going method?
- Who can use this book?
- What to know prior to using this method? (NOT A TECHNIQUE BOOK, SIGHT-READING ONLY)
n/an/a
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1Open Strings, Basic Rhythms & the 4/4 Time SignaturePitches: Open B2, D4, E6
Rhythms: whole, half, quarter (and rest equivalents)
Time sigs: 4/4
Navigation symbols: treble clef, bar line, measure, ending bar line, double bar line,
Note: The exercises may change in topic and number. Every unit will have many exercises. The following are just ideas for units 1-3...
Ex. 1.1 - Plucking rhythms (in tempo)
Ex. 1.2 - More rhythms (in tempo)
Ex. 1.3 - More rhythms (in tempo)
Ex. 1.4 - EBD as whole notes & half notes
Ex. 1.5 - EBD in quarter notes
Ex. 1.6 - EBD in all rhythms
Ex. 1.7 - EBD in all rhythms
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2More Open Strings, Rhythms & Time SignaturesPitches: Open E1, G3, A5
Rhythms: eighths beamed and flagged (and rest equivalents)
Time sigs: 2/4, 3/4
Ex. 2.1 - Plucking rhythms in 2/4
Ex. 2.2 - More rhythms in 3/4
Ex. 2.3 - EGA in whole, half notes and quarter notes
Ex. 2.4 - EGA in eighths
Ex. 2.5 - All open strings in all rhythms 2/4
Ex. 2.6 - All open strings in all rhythms 2/4
Ex. 2.7 - All open strings in all rhythms 3/4
Ex. 2.8 - All open strings in all rhythms 3/4
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3Notes on the First String & TempoPitches: F & G (first string) & all open strings
Tempi: bpm & Italian words (metronome)
Ex. 3.1 - Plucking rhythms in 4/4 in adagio
Ex. 3.2 - Plucking same rhythms in andante
Ex. 3.3 - Plucking same rhythm in vivo
Ex. 3.4 - Plucking eighths in 2/4 in bpm
Ex. 3.4 - Plucking eighths in 3/4 in bpm
Ex. 3.5 - E, F, G (first string) all rhythms in slow bpm
Ex. 3.6 - E, F, G (first string) and other open strings all rhythms in slow bpm
Ex. 3.7 (slow) - E, F, G (first string) and other open strings all rhythms in bpm
Ex. 3.7 (faster)
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4Notes on the Second String, Articulations & VoicingsPitches: C & D, (second string)
Articulations: Fermata & breath (aka comma), accent, marcato, tenuto, staccato, mezzo staccato, portato Navigation: repeat, first & second ending,
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5Notes on the Third String & Dotted RhythmsPitches: A & B (third string)
Rhythms: dotted half, dotted quarter (and rest equivalents), synchopation
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6NOTES ON THE FOURTH STRING, ARTICULATION & ORNAMENTSPitches: E, F (fourth string)
Ornaments and Articulations: bend, slide/gliss., appoggiatura/grace note,
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7NOTES ON THE FIFTH STRING, NAVIGATION & MORE ORNAMENTSPitches: B & C (fifth string)
Navigation symbols: repeat, first & second ending, Ornaments: mordent, inverted mordent, trill, inverted triple mordent, vibrato, turn, tremolo
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8NOTES ON THE SIXTH STRING & DYNAMICSPitches: F & G (sixth string)
Dynamics: ppp, pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, cresc., decresc., hairpins, subito, sfz, molto, poco, dim.
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9COMPOUND METER & COMPOSITIONSTime sigs: Compound (6/8, 9/8, 12/8) Duet with articulation symbols in 6/8 - John
Duet with articulation symbols in 9/8 - Mark
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10MORE NOTES ON THE FIRST STRING, TIES & TRIPLETSPitches: F#/Gb, G#/Ab, A (first string) Explain accidentals and enharmonics
Rhythms: ties, triplets (over a quarter note)
Duet with triplets (across a quarter note) - Emile
Duet with F#, G# and A (first string/second position) - Joan
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11MORE NOTES ON THE SECOND STRING, COLOR & MORE NAVIGATIONPitches: C#/Db, D#/Eb, E (second string)
Navigation: coda, dc al coda, ds al coda, segno, da capo, dc al fine & fine, Color: sul tasto, sul pont.., ord. (pick-ups)
Duet with as many as possible: coda, segno, ds al coda, fine, dc al fine etc - Wael
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12MORE NOTES ON THE THIRD STRING, NAVIGATION & FINGERINGSPitches: G#/Ab, A#/Bb (third string)
Navigation symbols: simile, repeated measure, repeated measures Other: string numbers, fret numbers, left and right hand finger suggestions (2 approaches: standard and Ted's)
Duet - Pawal
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13MORE NOTES ON THE FOURTH STRING & SIXTEENTH NOTESPitches: D#/Eb, F#/Gb, G (fourth string)
Rhythms: sixteenth notes & dotted eighths
Duet D#, F# and G (fourth string/second position) with sixteenths - Mark
Duet with ties - Bahaa
Duet with sixteenth notes - John
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14MORE NOTES ON THE FIFTH STRING & EXPRESSION Pitches: A#/Bb, C#/Db, D (fifth string)
Expression: accelerando, rallentando, ritardando, a tempo, rubato. poco and molto
Duet with pp, p, mp, mf, f & ff - Joan
Duet with hairpins & sul tasto and sul ponticello - Bahaa
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15MORE NOTES ON THE SIXTH STRING & METERSPitches: F#/Gb, G#/Ab, A (sixth string)
Time sigs: 10/8 (Samai'i), Mixed meter (Longa 2/4 to 3/4)
Duet in samai'i form and style - Ashraf
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16MORE NOTES ON THE FIRST STRING & KEY SIGNATURES Pitches: A#/Bb, B, C, (first string) Key signatures Duet in key signature with between 1-2 sharps - Mark
Duet in key signature with between 1-2 flats - John
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17MORE NOTES ON THE FIRST STRING & EXTENDED TECHNIQUESPitches: C#/Db, D, D#/Eb (first string), Extended techniques: harmonics, tremolo, rasqueado, tambora, glissando, pizzicato, muted notes (See Robert Allan Lunn's Dissertation "Extended Techniques for the Classical Guitar." Duet with extended techniques in any key signature. - Bahaa
Duet with extended techniques in any key signature. - Pawel
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18MORE NOTES ON THE FIRST STRING, ATONALITY, SWING RHYTHM & CUT TIMEPitches: E, F, F#/Gb, G (first string frets 12 and up) Atonality
Swing rhythm & cut time
Duet based on atonality - Ashraf Duet based on atonality and swing - Emile Duet based on atonality. - Felix * Duet based on swing rhythm in any key signature - Joan Duet based on 12 and up frets - Walter (Drawing 6)
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19INTERVALS & CHORDSIntervals: I will not teach the theory of intervals, only how to read them. Chords: I will not teach the theory of chords, only how to read them. STRUM SYMBOLS, up down, wavy line, rasqueado

Duet based on chords played simultaneously in Guitar 1 - Pawel
Duet based on simple intervals played simultaneously in Guitar 1 - Emile
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20WHAT'S NEXT...Ways to improve sight-reading from here
1. List of public domain scores to play (Bach, etc.)
Sight-reading vs. preparing a piece for performance
1. Felix's pieces
Collection of duet scores to be performed (Obelisks)
Duet based on atonality. - Felix
Duet with extended techniques in any key signature. - Felix
Duet G#, A# and B (third string/first position) - Felix
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