Tom Serb

Tom Serb is a Chicago area guitarist who has been making music professionally since 1978. Over the course of the past twenty-five years he has managed to amuse himself by teaching, writing, performing, producing and composing. He is the author of Music Theory for Guitarists (NoteBoat, Inc., 2003), and a frequent contributor to the Guitar Noise forums.

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  1. Ketan Atri
    November 5th, 2014 @ 4:13 am

    Hi Tom,
    I found both of your articles on standard notation very instructive, thanks to you I am now starting to get comfortable with sheet music. I am now trying to play jingle bells entirely from the given notation, however there’s a problem here. I am unable to understand what do those huge dots ( or maybe something else ) next to certain notes mean. For example in the 13th measure after the D and E notes, also in 21st measure after the G and C note and many more. It will be really helpful if you could throw some light on that.
    Looking forward to your reply, again thanks a lot.

  2. James
    June 19th, 2016 @ 6:59 pm

    Hi Tom,

    I found your article very informative, however, I’m a little confused. I read another article that said the chords in the Cmaj scale are C Dm Em F G Am Bdim. I don’t understand where the G7 comes in and why the Bdim isn’t used. That would leave too many steps between the Am back to the C.