Music Reading for Guitar (The Complete Method)

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  1. linguistic mystic says:
    93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I can finally read., July 16, 1999
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Music Reading for Guitar (The Complete Method) (Paperback)

    This book is an incredible tool for the guitarist that can play but not read. There are tons of exercises and explanations that are all really helpful, and then before you know it, you can competently sightread. I like this book. It rocks. I’d tried tons of “learn to read” books but they’re all written for other instruments, or they’re written for people that haven’t played the instrument before, which bites for people who can play but can’t read. Buy it if you can’t read music but have played guitar for a while (14 years in my case). Keep on rockin’.

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  2. M. Sindel says:
    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    By and large very excellent, April 1, 2006
    This review is from: Music Reading for Guitar (The Complete Method) (Paperback)

    I agree with other reviewers that this book has brilliant examples and pacing. It is very excellent in terms of starting you off slowly and eventually effective up to very complex rhythmic lines. One thing that should be pointed out to those interested in this book is that the reading examples cover single-note melody lines only. There is no information on triads or extended chords, so if you want to learn to sight read chords for classical or jazz guitar you will doubtless need to invest in some additional materials.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best I’ve seen, March 5, 2006
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    This review is from: Music Reading for Guitar (The Complete Method) (Paperback)

    I’ve been teaching guitar since shortly after I recieved my BA in classical guitar routine in 2001, and I’ve used a few different methods. This one is fantastic for anyone wanting to learn to read music on guitar. It starts off with basic rhythms, which too many methods overlook in order to hasten off to playing 150 year ancient folk songs that no one cares about anymore. It also starts off teaching you clarification in the 5th position (which is more useful and better intonated than open position). Imcludes music scheme and builds progressively from lesson to lesson, reviewing things you have just learned and putting them in the context of well loved classical songs. For those of you who want modern well loved songs written in a method book, keep in mind that hit songs get outdated very quickly and with classical songs, authors don’t have to pay royalties to use them (keeping the books cheaper for you).

    The two points where it could use enhancement are: 1. An accompanying cd would make the rhythms simpler to know for beginners 2. chords written out in clarification. It does do a excellent job of introducing chords in the context of lead sheets which are fundamentally ignored by the likes of Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, Alfred, et. al.

    I recommend it with “The songwriters workshop:Harmony” book (for scheme info), http://www.guitargrid.com for scales and “contemporary chord khancepts” for more advanced chords.

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