The simple answer to the above question is no. Many top guitarists don’t read music. This doesn’t however mean that you should dismiss ever learning to read music.
The beginner guitarist learning chords and strumming song realises quite quickly that you can do a lot on guitar without knowing a note of music.
Learning more complicated pieces using guitar tablature can be achieved and you still haven’t learnt a note of music.
Learning scale shapes too means you can play lead without knowing all the names of the notes.
One thing that stops people learning to read music is that they assume it’s too difficult.
Without getting to in depth musical notes go from A to G. There are no sharps or flats between Band C or E and F.
Musical Alphabet goes: A/A#.Bb/B/C/C#.Db/D/D#.Eb/E/F/F#.Gb/G/G#.Ab/A
Plus Points of Reading Music
1. Understanding of Other Musical Instruments
2. Playing Music You Haven’t Heard before
3. Finding Root Notes of Chords and Scales
4. Understanding Chord Names
5. Writing Down Your Ideas Accurately
6. Editing Midi Software
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