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Product Details

  • Series: The Art of Series
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (June 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874870798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874870794
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Angelique Ramsey on October 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is really helpful to those

seriously interested in classical guitar.

All the stuff your teacher never told you

about tone production, nails, and lots

of tips on overcoming technical difficulties

like the bar and tremolo. Solid book,

a real enlightment and great help for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Weekend Woodman on November 29, 2012
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I have been playing classical guitar for many years. Like many players I got to the point of being "pretty good" but could never break through the invisible wall of getting to "really good". Anyone who has been playing for a while knows just how hard that is. I finally started a systematic search to find the resources to get me there. I found this book in a roundabout way. I was watching William Kanengiser's excellent DVD "Classical Guitar Mastery". In my opinion it is one of the best instructional videos I have ever seen for intermediate players. He pays tribute at the end to Lee F. Ryan and his book "The Natural Classical Guitar" which is also excellent but hard to find. Ryan's book has a bibliography which made reference to Charles Duncan, and he gave this book a high recommendation..

The reason I like this book is that it deals with the finer aspects of the mechanics of playing well in great detail. That includes right and left hand position issues and proper finger movement in relation to the strings. If you were to read the book as a beginner it would probably be too much information and it would not mean that much. After you have struggled for a while with the instrument you can better appreciate the significance of what he is saying. To me the section dealing with issues in shaping your nails is worth the price of the book by itself.

This is not a guitar method. If you don't know how to play it is not going to teach you. You need Frederick Noad or Aaron Shearer for that, but this book does a great job of filling in gaps and bringing clarity to things discussed in those guitar method books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wold on December 29, 2013
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My classical guitar teacher told me about this book. I had many questions about the exact details of very minute technical issues,eg angle of the nails on the strings, the shaping of the nails, arm position, wrist position etc etc. This book explains "everything" in much more detail than, eg the Parkening or Woad books.
Other Classical guitar experts might not agree with everything in this book, but at least it looks at every technical issue.
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A wonderful and rather philosophical approach to classical guitar playing. I have used this book since 1992 and have worn out several copies. Great insight into technical challenges and how to deal with them - from sitting position to hand placement, finger problems and practice routines. It may be too much for beginners, but I warmly recommend it for anyone with an interest in playing the classical guitar.
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