In today’s solo episode, we explore the highly debated topic of whether guitar teachers should teach their students to read music. With differing opinions, we delve into the heart of the matter, presenting multiple perspectives and shedding light on this divisive subject. Playing guitar and reading music are two distinct skills that can overwhelm beginners. Focusing on fretting and picking coordination is crucial in the initial stages, and introducing music reading at the start can hinder basic muscle memory development. Additionally, forcing students to read music from the beginning can lead to early quitting. We should be building confidence and enjoyment first and then gradually introducing music reading at a later stage. Tune in as we navigate through the nuances, addressing the challenges, benefits, and when the right time might be to introduce music reading to your students.
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