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Product Details

  • Series: Alfred's Basic Guitar Library
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739024280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739024287
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,843,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jerry VINE VOICE on December 4, 2008
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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 fun of music-making as the goal:
Physically: It starts 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 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Deb on January 11, 2007
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I've played guitar for years, and my son just started getting interested. I bought this book for him, and if there is any doubts, that this book is worth it. Put them aside! He's only 14 yrs old, and never picked up a guitar before in his life. Shows you the notes, the location on the frets, chords, the list is endless. After a week of going through the steps, he can now play full songs, and that was only practicing about a half hour a night! Definitely worth every penny!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bob on January 29, 2011
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I am about halfway through the book and it is pretty good, It seems to have a logical progression
and it explains things very well. I wish there were more songs or an song book that goes with it.
I have learned more about guitar in the last 4 months teaching myself than I learned from 3 years of guitar
lessons when I was young.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Ferranti on August 24, 2008
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This book is great! It takes you from zero to real guitar hero by the end of the book. You get all the books in the series in one complete volume. It comes with 3 CDs so that you can listen to a pro on your own time.

This book is excellent with or without a teacher. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Miller on January 7, 2007
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I recommend this book for anyone learning guitar on your own. It moves along fast enough to keep you interested and has enough "real" songs to make it fun. I finished it and my son is going through it now and it works if you can read music (like me) or can't (like my son), though he had a little trouble with tabs vs. staff music until I sat down with him and explained it.

My only problem with the book is the perfect binding. By the time I got to the middle of the book, the binding had broken down and pages started falling out, so I'll probably have to take the three-hole punch to it and put it in a binder. Other than that, I can't complain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cosmic on October 7, 2011
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I have Alfreds piano method with I enjoyed so I decided to pick up his guitar method too. I have no complaints about this book. After I played a segment of the danube waltz I knew this is my personal favorite guitar method, and I have a lot of them. There are a lot of different styles presented and explanations on basic skills I see lacking in other books like the Mel Bay series like the different muting techniques. I can't help but go back and play some of the pieces because there's something magical about bach on the electrical guitar. This book is great for beginners and will not suddenly ramp up in difficulty like A Modern Method for Guitar. Highly recommended guitar method.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JohanSchultz on December 18, 2014
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I bought this as a Kindle book in July. I asked my daughter to give me the paper version for Christmas.

Of all the books that promised to make my middle-aged fingers fly across the fretboard - this is the one that got me playing recognisable tunes right from the start. Chords also start as single finger triads and again you can play real music with every new chord introduced.

Obviously, to get anywhere, you need the discipline to work through the book from start to finish. I practice each exercise with a metronome at 60 beats per minute until I hit all the notes accurately. Then I play twice as fast; but with the metronome still at 60 beats per minute. This helps my ear and tapping feat to keep the beat while I practice playing two notes per beat.

This book works for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. King on December 4, 2013
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The best self teaching instruction book for the beginning guitar player on the market. I've tried the others and they all seem to want to start with chords. Personally I wanted to play the guitar for my own enjoyment and not as an accompanying instrument while somebody sang or as in a band. I wanted to play the melodies and feel I'm making progress. That's the emphasis in this book. You start playing melodies and learning to read music from the beginning. There are no tabs, if that's what you're looking for.
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