Beyond Basics Fingerstyle Guitar (The Ultimate Beginner Series) Reviews

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  1. A. Mutimer "amutimer" says:
    167 of 175 people found the following review helpful
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    Be precise of the level…, November 29, 2003
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    A. Mutimer “amutimer” (Essex, England) –
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    This review is from: Beyond Basics Fingerstyle Guitar (The Ultimate Beginner Series) (Paperback)

    Let me be clear; this book is very excellent, but I made a mistake. I read the reviews here and took it that the peices would be harder than they are. If you have basic fiddle with separation and the ability to play two and three note thumb patterns you may easily be able to play, and remember, everything in this book in a bit over an hour. It is straight-forward.

    I disagree with the people here that say the peices will make you sound better than you are. What you get with this book is peices that bring out the beauty of the *sound* of the guitar. Most people, including us guitarists, are just suckers for the open ringing you get so easily with a (decent) guitar and that is what these peices exploit. If you play these peices you will not sound like a pro (at smallest amount not to a musician, maybe to your grandma). You will, on the other hand, sound….lovely.

    So, I recommend this book one hundred percent to a beginner who can play a few chords competently and wants to get into fingerstyle. But if you can play with you fingers a small already, look around for a slightly more advanced book.

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  2. Dwayne Lee says:
    56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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    Buy this book!, January 8, 2003
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    Dwayne Lee (Eagle River, AK United States) –
    This review is from: Beyond Basics Fingerstyle Guitar (The Ultimate Beginner Series) (Paperback)

    This is the fourth book I have bought by Mark Hanson. I also have the Travis Fingerpicking, Solo Fingerpicking, and Christmas Noel. This book gets into basic information real quick and will have you playing some “REAL GOOD STUFF” quick. I was able to play the first song in about an hour. The book has many hard appearing chord names–BUT–most of the chords are two fingered and can be stirred up an down the neck to make for some really fantastic accompaniment. You will be playing all over the guitar–and sounding like a pro real quick. The book gets into more complicated material towards the end–but this book is not as complicated as the earlier mentioned books–so I would recommend this one first.

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  3. Anonymous says:
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    Fingerpicker, February 25, 2002
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    This review is from: Beyond Basics Fingerstyle Guitar (The Ultimate Beginner Series) (Paperback)

    This book is superb. Hmm. Wait: it’s flawless. I had heard that Hanson was a fantastic teacher. Now I see why.

    I’ve been playing about four years, I have a certain amount of ability, and I was able to start picking things up from this book straight away. I was playing the first song in an hour or so. It uses all kinds of complex-sounding chords (Amin6, Dmin6, etc.), but Hanson ingeniuously uses very simple-to-play chords. As in, most of them require only one or two fingers!

    I recently recorded myself playing one of the book’s first songs and posted it to a message board of guitarists. Several people commented that it sounded “really complicated.” Small do they know how simple it is to play! (They wanted me to post tabs–I gave them a link to come here and buy the book.)

    The book’s songs start at the honestly simple level, but by the end of the book, the material is extremely challenging. (Some high-speed ragtime.) If you’re brand-new to the guitar, you’ll struggle even with the first songs–but they would be learnable even by a novice. It will be a mighty struggle for me to learn the later songs in the book.

    If you have any level of fingerpicking experience at all, you will jump into this book like a fish into a river. You will find brilliant material to build your chops.

    The book contains very small in the way of scheme, but those two-fiddle with chords I was telling you about are a fantastic way for an advancing guitarist like me to sit and reckon about chords and the clarification that go into them, and how to build them all over the neck. So you don’t really get any scheme about this book, but with a small dedication on your part, you can use it as a sort of launching platform. That’s what I’m doing.

    … It has vaulted straight into the “top 5 most valuable books” category for me–and I’ve bought a lot of guitar books.

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