How important is learning real music when learning guitar?

I used to play piano and I can read sheet music, but it’s far easier when playing guitar to just go off of tabs to learn songs. If all I want to do is learn to play songs on guitar, how important is learning to play sheet music on a guitar? My teacher at school says sheet music is better in the long run.

Chosen Answer:

A basic understanding of music is definitely necessary if u want to learn a musical instrument — that also applies to the guitar. I’m finding singing difficult without a musical basis.
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on: 13th May 11

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3 Responses to How important is learning real music when learning guitar?

  1. LucasMan says:

    Well, standard notation actually relates MUSICAL information… tablature doesn’t.

    Regardless of whether or not tablature is easier, standard notation is far superior. It’s also a really handy skill to have. If I’m trying to teach a band a song, and they’re having trouble with a part, I’m elated if I can just hand them some sheet music and they can play it. I really don’t have the time to babystep them through a part. I’ll just find a better musician.

  2. Heeyoung Ju says:

    A basic understanding of music is definitely necessary if u want to learn a musical instrument — that also applies to the guitar. I’m finding singing difficult without a musical basis.

  3. Chandler says:

    Sheet music will give you more precise information on learning to play a song and it is probably good to know, but I rarely use it. Tabs are very easy to use, and if you know the song already, they give you everything you need. They are also very easy to find and almost always free. However, if your teacher wants you to learn it for guitar, go ahead and learn it, it won’t hurt you and it will help some.

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