A Modern Method for Guitar – Volume 1: Book/DVD-ROM Pack (Method (Berklee Press))

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  1. A. Sircom says:
    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant (with a few caveats), June 23, 2008
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    A. Sircom (London UK) –
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    This review is from: A Modern Method for Guitar – Volume 1: Book/DVD-ROM Pack (Method (Berklee Press)) (Paperback)

    Levitt’s ‘Modern Method’ has been the foundation stone upon which many fantastic guitarists have built their careers and reputations. It’s sweet much beyond criticism for many players, but it’s worth noting some observations:

    1) It’s not recommended if all you want is to learn how to strum a few chords

    2) If you simply want to read TAB and chord charts, this is not the book for you

    3) This will not help you perfect your string bending, hammer ons, pull offs, fingerpicking or even sweep picking

    So, why the five stars? Because it’s essentially boot camp for guitar. Spend a year with the book (and the accompanying DVD) and you will come away with a excellent basic understanding of how music works and how to apply that understanding to the guitar. You’ll also be on the way to be able to sight-reading ‘the dots’. Plus, in the process you will improve; playing slowly, carefully and methodically to the unstinting beat of a metronome can reveal many weaknesses in technique.

    The DVD is hugely useful, too. Not only does it demonstrate the exercises well, but Larry Baione adds a human touch that the text is sometimes missing.

    In small, if you want to take guitar seriously, there’s no better starting place than William Levitt’s books.

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  2. Harrison Wolstein says:
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome, February 21, 2007
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    Harrison Wolstein (Cleveland, OH) –
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    This book is awesome. I recently finished but I’m in the process of review currently. The book takes you from the very basics and has you reading in 4 positions by the end of the book. It also gives you 5 or 6 major scale fingerings as well as tons of chord forms, chord reading etudes, picking etudes, etc. The book is a complete system for becoming complete player and every aspect of beginner playing is covered here. Everything is plotted out in a genius way thanks to William Leavitt, one of the greatest guitar teachers in history. This book is heavy and I honestly wouldn’t reccomend it to the straight beginner because it’s too alert and hard. If you’ve been playing for a minute and you’re ready to get serious and learn to read then this is the perfect book. In my opinion this is the greatest book you’ll find out there and I can’t recommend it enough. I’ll warn you though, it’s no cake walk and takes time and dedication (which will be worthwhile!).

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  3. K. D. Jones "KD" says:
    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    brilliant (like anyone else NEEDS to say it…), July 11, 2006
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    K. D. Jones “KD” (seedy truckstop, linking earth and mars, booth in the back, the coffee’s cold. all are welcome.) –
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    This review is from: A Modern Method for Guitar – Volume 1: Book/DVD-ROM Pack (Method (Berklee Press)) (Paperback)

    Six or more stars, really.

    I finally bought this book after “thinking about it” forever. (I have a problem with the thinking thing.) Well, just as has been said before… drop everything else and go through these books. You’ll be WAY ahead if you do. I studied classical guitar for a year in institution (though I’m primarily a jazz-rock-etc. player), and this SHOULD have been the book they used back then. The exercises are melodic enough that anyone with an ear should be able to follow them with small difficulty, and still you’ll learn everything you need to learn.

    The progression of exercises is sensible, and everything holds together as a meaningful whole, an attribute lacking in most guitar instruction books. (Though you may want to add Arnie Berle’s “New Guitar Techniques for Sight Reading” as well. Not that there’s a gap in Leavitt’s books, just that Berle’s approach may broaden your approach a bit. Berle’s other books are excellent as well, in my opinion.)

    So don’t reckon (as I did) that this is a method for “that kind of player over there, but not me,” as I did. Regardless of your proposed style, what you will get here will place you years ahead if you just do it. After that, you’ll be ready to tackle anything – it’ll still be work, it always will be, but you won’t spin your wheels as hundreds of thousands of players do.

    Guitar players owe something excellent to Leavitt for this book, really. It’s obviously the product of a sensible, disciplined, knowledgable and concerned mind.

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