Q: How do you get a guitarist to stop playing?
A: Put some sheet music in front of him/her.
Sad but true. We 6-stringers have a bad — but often deserved — reputation on the bandstand for being musically illiterate. On the one hand, it’s great that the guitar is so easy to pick up by comparison to other instruments, what with its cleanly delineated frets and the minimal technique required to strum a chord and pick a basic melody (try doing the same with a violin or trombone). On the other hand, it means we really have no excuse for not learning some theory along the way.
I’ve spent the last several years recovering from a decade of notational neglect, and let me tell you it’s been a slog. Fortunately, 21st century technology is there to help — particularly the availability of some great instructional apps for phone and tablet.