Guitar players who jump right into reading tab and playing songs often struggle with rhythm and timing. Learning how to read music is great for improving your rhythm and timing skills. This is because you must assign a value (or length) to the notes you play, count everything out and tap your foot. Consider getting a Mel Bay or Hal Leonard beginner series and working your way up to and through whole notes, quarter notes, eighth notes and syncopation (which is about book 2 or 3 in the Mel Bay series). Just learning the beginning levels of standard music notation will often times help guitarists develop enough skill to feel their way through more complicated rhythms. Try it!
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