The Acoustic Guitar Method – Complete Edition: Learn to Play Using the Techniques and Songs of American Roots Music (Acoustic Guitar (String Letter))

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  1. Yellow Chair says:
    42 of 43 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Everything I wanted for culture guitar except scheme, June 26, 2003
    By A Customer

    I like this book and 3-CD set, but everyone learns their own way. What worked for me in this approach was the following: Mr. Hamburger includes a fantastic amount of discussion with each lesson, belaboring how to transition from, say, a particular D chord fingering to a G chord, spelling out which fiddle with to go when and where. There are small but clear photographs showing the appropriate fiddle with position for chords and strumming positions. He anticipates the kinds of problems that you are likely to have, and offers clear suggestions on how to overcome them. He structures the lessons in a way that they build logically on each other. When he illustrates the music on the CD, he plays exactly what is in the lesson — no embellishments to show his stuff, just clear examples of what you should be playing. He plays each tune at the right speed, and then replays the tune at the slow speed that he expects the student to start with. It is simple to play by the side of with Mr. Hamburger as you learn. The full course introduces all the usual topics for acoustic guitar, including basic strumming, introductory fiddle with picking and flat picking, pull-offs, hammer-ons, etc. The coverage is not in-depth enough to make you a master, but it is detailed enough to get you a first-year level of understanding by the time you complete the third book.
    The music used throughout is traditional American music, “folk,” if you will. If you are nervous to start your own garage rock band, this may not be the music of choice for you. If you do choose to learn guitar playing from this, you should supplement the text with some music scheme….
    I cannot reckon of anything in the lesson book that I thought was inappropriate. You aren’t likely to find everything you would ever want to know about guitar in one place. But if you do, this book will be “volume one” of that library.

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  2. Anonymous says:
    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice intro to guitar, especially for folk music fans, February 10, 2003
    By A Customer

    I recommend this book for anyone who is picking up a guitar for the first time, but already has some basic knowledge of music notation. It gets you up to speed straight away playing simple roots and folk songs, and emphasizes beginner drills, such as switching back and forth linking two chords over and over until you can do it smoothly.

    This book force also be nice for a beginner who has some guitar experience and is looking for a colletion of folk-style songs to learn and practice

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  3. Anonymous says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid intro for folk music fans, November 8, 2004
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    Hamburger does a excellent job of pacing things for beginners. Enough songs to keep you interested & focused on mastering basic skills, but not so much that you get overwhelmed. A excellent instroduction to the basic elements that define various folk styles. Also, as another reviewer points out, there are many practice tracks on the CDs, at smallest amount one for each exercise leading up to the featured songs and including recordings of simple SLOW strumming of each chord as it’s introduced. This force seem like heavy-handedness to some, but for anyone who’s new to culture to play an instrument, the first fantastic lesson to learn is PRACTICE SLOWLY. Hamburger demonstrates this principle well! Also, playing by the side of with the tracks helps develop solid timing and it’s a small more fascinating than strumming by the side of to your metronome. If the flatpicking translation of Sally Goodin is simple, well, that’s because it’s for BEGINNING players. Once I mastered Hamburger’s simple arrangement, I was able to HEAR better when listening to other recordings of the tune and know how fiddlers and guitarists and others have embellished and expanded it through improv over generations. It didn’t take long before I started experimenting with adding to the arrangement myself–but you have to start at the bottom. He also does a excellent job of emphasizing the need to learn clear chord changes, something that’s best learned a few chords at a time and that can save you a lot of frustration down the road if you focus on it from the start. I appreciate the emphasis on quality of sound in the ahead of schedule stages rather than on pages of chord diagrams.

    The layout of the book itself is very clean and simple to read–something many other methods could improve on. My only “complaint” is the stiff strip–spiral would have been nice.

    There’s not much scheme here, but I had scheme from other sources before I started culture the guitar. I’m not sure how this method would look to someone who doesn’t know music basics already. It’s been so long since I had my first do-re-mi lesson that I can’t quite picture the planet without solfege anymore. As a general intro to folk guitar, this one’s as excellent as the best I’ve seen.

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  4. M. Shell says:
    68 of 68 people found the following review helpful:
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    Fantastic book for the adult learner, November 20, 2009
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    I bought this book to see if I could teach myself the basics of playing the piano. It works fantastic for me. I am a visual learner. Yes, I like pictures. The book has drawings of right fiddle with position and placement. There are basic scales, songs, and lots of skill construction exercises. I am very pleased with my hold. I would buy this book again. It works for the adult who has by no means played the piano. It teaches you to read music!

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    Wow! Wow! Wow!, February 7, 2010
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    This book with DVD is absolutely fantastic! I by no means thought I would be able to learn the piano but this set makes it so much simpler! The DVD follows everything in the book, page by page, with the benefit of the piano teacher as long as a small more detailed information than the book provides. It’s been a pleasure going from lesson to lesson always thinking that there’s no way I can play what she just played. With a small time, I’m able to complete each lesson successfully and go on to the next one. The lessons are set out perfectly, growing your skills small by small. A+ in my book!! Not one regret with this hold!!! The cost of this DVD far out weighs the cost of piano lessons. This is a steal!!!!!!!!

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    Is effective GREAT for us!!, February 24, 2010
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    I bought this kit to help teach us how to play the piano. We just bought a Casio Privia PX-330 keyboard and wanted to start lessons as soon as possible. I work part time with the Air National Guard and I am a full time student. I don’t really have time for lessons so I wanted something I can do myself. This kit is incredible and really does help. I have by no means played any instrument before and I can’t read music. This book teaches you both. Culture to play the piano is a very daunting task but it is much simpler with this book. My wife and oldest son are still going to take lessons because they have the time, but I am very satisfied with culture from this book. It does a GREAT job and I would recommend it to everyone tiresome to learn the piano!!! Would buy again for sure!

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