READING  GUITAR  MUSIC   -   HALF   &  WHOLE  NOTES
The Reading Guitar Music lessons so far have only used Quarter Notes to allow you to focus on the basics of Reading Guitar music.   Now that we have covered the basic notes for reading all 6 strings, we will now add different types of notes starting with;
the Half Note     Dotted Half Note     and   Whole Note

As you saw with the exercises for the first 6 strings, the Quarter Note was played on each beat or count in a bar of music and held for 1 Beat.   A Half note is held for 2 beats or counts while a Dotted Half Note is held for 3 Beats.   A Dot after any Note (or Rest) in music is played for the full value of the note + Half it's value.   A Whole Note is held for a total or 4 Beats or Counts.

Note Name
Note
Note Value
Quarter

1 Beat  
Half

2 Beats
Dotted Half

3 Beats

Whole



4 Beats
PRACTICE  TIPS
- Say the Note names to yourself as you play them to help remember them until you know them.

- Don't lift your fingers too high off the fretboard, a 1/4" at most will do.   The higher you lift your fingers the slower your playing will be due to wasted movement.

- Keep the Thumb of your fretboard hand flat at the middle of the back of the fretboard neck.   This will provide you with more control, better reach and faster motion.

There are 3 versions of each of the same exercises below:
- The first version just plays back the Guitar Notes on the score.
- The second version adds a Bass Guitar and Drum Kit to the Guitar.
- The third version only plays back the Bass Guitar and Drums but has the Guitar score for you to follow along with.

We have also included Guitar TAB with each Score for all exercises for reference and to assist those that know TAB but wish to learn how to read music AND for those that can already Read Music but want to learn TAB due to the wealth of Guitar TAB only scores.

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Half Notes  

The Half note is held for 2 beats or counts.   The 1st exercise uses Half Notes as well along with Quarter Notes, which were used in the early Reading exercises.
Reading Half Notes Ex. 1

The Same exercise as above with Bass Guitar and Drums added.

Reading Half Notes Ex. 1 with Bass Guitar & Drums

The Same exercise with Only the Bass Guitar and Drums to play along with.

Reading Half Notes Ex. 1 with Bass Guitar & Drums Only

Dotted Half Notes  

A Dot after any Note Or Rest means that you hold the Note or Rest for the Full value + Half the value.   Since a Half note gets 2 beats and half that value is 1, the Dotted Half note is held for 3 (2+1) beats or counts.   The 2nd exercise adds the Dotted Half Notes along with Half and Quarter Notes, which were used in the previous Reading exercises.
Reading Guitar - Dotted Half Notes

The Same exercise as above with Bass Guitar and Drums added.

Reading Guitar - Dotted Half Notes with Bass Guitar & Drums

The Same exercise with Only the Bass Guitar and Drums to play along with.

Reading Guitar- Dotted Half Notes with Bass Guitar & Drums Only

Whole Notes  

The Whole note is held for 4 beats or counts.   The 3rd exercise adds the Whole Note along with the Half, Dotted Half and Quarter Notes, which were used in the previous Reading exercises.
Reading Guitar - Whole Notes

The Same exercise as above with Bass Guitar and Drums added.

Reading Guitar  - Whole Notes with Bass Guitar & Drums

The Same exercise with Only the Bass Guitar and Drums to play along with.

Reading Guitar  - Whole Notes Bass Guitar & Drums Only
 
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