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MrYikes
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I know the melody and rhythm of the tunes I want to play, so I don't need the dots on the sheet, but my memory is failing so I do need the notes. Here is how I do it.

I use the letters in small case for notes gabcdef, then switch to capitals with the G on the D string, GABCDEFGAB. I know if I'm going for the high GAB, but in ink I draw a line over those to indicate a high note. I put a dot over a note to hold for a short time and a circle to hold for a long time. A comma, is a flat. An apostrophe' is a sharp. Sometimes I underline a note to remind me to go low on that note (the C towards the end in FMs "You Raise Me Up" comes to mind.) I write in first and second endings and codas and other things to personalize the tune.
This works for me. It may not work for you.

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Sort of like your own tabular system..   If it works for you, it is good.

I've been writing the String Letter and finger number over the score.  Highlighting any note that does not follow the whole-whole-half-whole fingering.  Lately I've been trying to just sight read, but when I want to learn a piece fast, I go back to letters and numbers...

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My teacher wants to work with standard notation which is OK with me...to a point.  It's the best way for her to teach exercises and such that I need to acquire a facility with the instrument.  Although I read I don't sight read very quickly.  I learned from playing piano many years, actually decades, ago.  Since then I have played guitar professionally part-time and, like with most guitarists, it has never been necessary.  I played mostly in clubs and shows but I worked a couple of seasons in a community theater pit orchestra.  I worked from my own chord charts and I developed my own little system of mark-ups to indicate the notation where required.  That included things like hash marks over the lyrics to signal time values.  I have found that that is not uncommon among guitarists and even some keyboard players.  In a lot of professional settings you need to memorize things like signature hooks and intros.  The rest can be improvised if you have some sort of "road map" that you understand.  I'm not discouraging anyone becoming proficient at standard notation but for most folks on this forum it may not be necessary for them to enjoy the fiddle.  A basic knowledge is good though.     

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I have a stack of music books 18" tall. I can read the music in them but it is exhausting and slow if I'm trying to play at the same time. If I just sit and read the music, I'm a lot faster. When I started violin, I bought a book and read through it, saying out loud the notes and remembering FACE and Every Good Boy Deserves Favor. The thing that helped me most was remembering that the middle line was B. I still have to stop and walk up to any note above high C.
If anyone would ever think of playing in any community group, learning and using written music daily would be well worth the effort.

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MrYikes said
I know the melody and rhythm of the tunes I want to play, so I don't need the dots on the sheet, but my memory is failing so I do need the notes. Here is how I do it.

I use the letters in small case for notes gabcdef, then switch to capitals with the G on the D string, GABCDEFGAB. I know if I'm going for the high GAB, but in ink I draw a line over those to indicate a high note. I put a dot over a note to hold for a short time and a circle to hold for a long time. A comma, is a flat. An apostrophe' is a sharp. Sometimes I underline a note to remind me to go low on that note (the C towards the end in FMs "You Raise Me Up" comes to mind.) I write in first and second endings and codas and other things to personalize the tune.
This works for me. It may not work for you.  

I have seen the ABC notation on a few sites.  In the beginning it took me longer to see the letter, transpose the letter into it's dot spot in my mind, then play it.  Weird huh!

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