I am learning guitar from my tutor and he is teaching me to read notes on a staff. However when I search for guitar music on internet it comes like:

A C♯m E Bm F♯m etc.

How do I convert these to a staff or am I learning in the wrong manner?

  • With "staff" you mean "tablature" (or short: Tab) right? – Anonymous May 2 '11 at 10:40
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    I think he means standard notation? – Goodbye Stack Exchange May 2 '11 at 15:34

The stuff you are finding on the internet looks like chords. It sounds like you are learning single notes in your guitar lessons. If you want to play some songs you will need to learn some chords. A chord is a group of notes ( more than two to be precise) strummed or played together where as a single note is, well, a single note. I have a page of beginners chords on my site as well as a lesson on naming the notes on the guitar neck. There are plenty of other sites out there with the same information. If you wanted to convert the chords into staff you would need to work out the notes of the chords then stack them one on top of each other. Can be a bit confusing if your new to reading music, so, for reading music I guess learning to read one note at a time is the right way to go. However if you want to learn some songs tell your tutor.


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You may have look at Guitar Pro

You get lot of songs(format .gp*, where * can be 3, 4, 5, or 6) which have both staff notation as well as number method.

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