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  • Series: Alfred's Basic Guitar Method
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; 3rd edition (September 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739047949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739047941
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't believe I'm actually learning to read!
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Its' exercises, music and theory leads you naturally and comfortably to deeper levels of musicianship and enjoyment.
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This book is used by my daughter's guitar teacher.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerry VINE VOICE on December 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Follow this Method! "Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" is a system to make you a real musician. Its' exercises, music and theory leads you naturally and comfortably to deeper levels of musicianship and enjoyment. That must be why this book has been so popular for over 50 years. It has also been updated to include more current tunes.

Want to teach yourself? This Method combines physical and mental exercises with the enjoyment of music-making as the goal:
Physically: It begins with illustrations of good guitar-playing posture, seated and standing. Also shown are correct hand and finger shapes and arm positions. The exercises are comfortably paced making learning enjoyable. You locate notes, one-at-a-time on one string-at-a-time while the hands and fingers are gradually strengthened and made flexible. Soon you will be using finger positions or "pattern shapes" on the fret board to build chords as the strings are learned. Your "mini-athlete" hand and finger muscles are gradually strengthened and flexed for stamina, agility and building "muscle memory."

Mentally: Standard music notation, dynamics (tempo, rhythm, loudness, etc.) and theory are taught in the book. These subjects are revealed and explained as you progress through the exercises. The same is true of chord-building as notes on the various strings are learned and played together. Without realizing it, music understanding and techniques are progressively learned by completing the exercises and playing the enjoyable tunes. Oh, by the way, the material is presented very clearly with lots of "white space" so it's easy to overlook very important information. Be sure to really study each page and not just the exercise before moving on. Suddenly you are reading and understanding music!

A word about chords.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M.J. on June 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I don't have any natural talent in music. I've tried to learn to read for years, but the books I found did not suit my needs. Authors would just assume you'd understand or that you had a teacher to turn to for more. And then I found Alfred's Basic Guitar Method. YOU DON'T NEED A TEACHER with this book. I can't believe I'm actually learning to read! Even without a CD, it would be the greatest book. The CD is just extra help. Thanks, Morty and Ron, whoever you are, I am sending you a hug big time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet Saccardi on July 12, 2010
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I had recently been asked to give a few grade school students an overview of the guitar (how to hold a guitar, how to tune a guitar, it's history, how to read music, etc), along with a few basic beginners guitar lessons. I obviously needed a teaching resource, and I decided to use Alfred's Basic Guitar Method- Book 1. After a basic introduction of how to hold and tune a guitar, the textbook begins of course, with the guitar strings. The six guitar strings of E-B-G-D-A and E are introduced, with both finger and string exercises following. Also included are songs covering and pertaining to the appropriate strings. So for instance with the second string B, the songs will cover all six notes on the B and E strings (B,C,D, and E,F, and G). The A note on the E string (5th fret), will be introduced later. These exercises are challenging, but not overwhelming. There is an accompanying CD that can be listened to with the student to review and verify that the exercise is being played correctly. In between introducing the guitar strings, Alfred's Basic Guitar Method- Book 1 also introduces basic beginners music theory. Time signatures, types of notes, chord introduction, tempo signs, pickup notes, and dynamics are all included. Once all the guitar strings have been covered, the textbook moves on to the introduction of bass-chord accompaniment. There are more songs with both single notes and chords to be played. This will continue to teach and reinforce the bass-chord accompaniment method. The more the student practices and uses the method the easier it becomes, and it really serves to bring out the beauty of the melody, as well as build the skill of the solo guitarist. Moving on, the chromatic scale, major scale, and the key signatures of C,G, and F are all introduced.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sukumar, D on December 11, 2013
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This version does not have the chord chart as i had seen in the other book on the back page. thatz a great draw back. as a beginner it was good for me to have that chord chart . tx
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Thomas on January 22, 2013
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good stuff for the pure understanding of how a guitar works and how different strings relate to each other. I learned how to play a few simple songs along with many tricks with this. Comes with CD's too to hear songs be played properly or to play along.
I took this course and plan on taking lessons to get better,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Adams on January 7, 2011
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Same book I used in 1965 when I first took guitar lessons. Only changes are more modern photos of guitars and how to hold the instrument, and available CD and DVD book combos. I guess some things are difficult to improve on.
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I took guitar a long time ago. Now that I'm out of the Army I am giving it a try again. The information is about what you would learn in a beginner class.
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By L. M. Bolt on March 14, 2014
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It's a good product but I'd like to see the titles of the songs instead of 'track 1', etc., and I think it is one track off of what is listed in the book. Anyone teaching themselves to learn a musical instrument should always purchase the accompanying cd if available. It's a big help if you don't have an actual teacher or fellow musician to give you extra insight.
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