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First Lessons for Guitar, Vol. 1 (Las Primeras Lecciones de Guitarra) Sheet music – November 1, 1992

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  • Sheet music: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Ricordi Americana (November 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793535859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793535859
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Ray on October 30, 2007
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If you want to learn to sight read music onto the guitar, this is probably the easiest, most enjoyable method ever written.

I've been a professional guitar teacher for 22 years. Every student I know who has completed this book has become a competent guitarist and a decent sight reader. All of them.

This book used to cost a small fortune in North America due to a copyright issue so it wasn't widely distributed. Now that the copyright issue has been resolved, there is no reason not to get it. Even for advanced players, the pieces are pleasant to read through, so you will never go wrong giving it as a gift.

The Ricordi Americana edition pictured here includes solfege syllables for the 1st 36 studies, so it is useful for ear training too (the Mel Bay edition does not) The Spanish/English bilingual text is a nice touch for students learning Spanish, and provides a sense of heritage for students of Latin descent.

Sagreras Las Primeras Lecciones is on a par with other great guitar methods like Carcassi, Giuliani, Sor, and Tarrega. In 100 years, people will still be using this wonderful little book. It's rare that something this good is this affordable.

Muchos gracias maestro Sagreras!

(I buy mine 10 at a time now... ;-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LoveGuitar VINE VOICE on March 20, 2011
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Spanish and English are both included in this book. No TAB is included but you can learn to read music using this method book.

I am a classical guitar teacher and find this book especially good for right hand development. The right hand is where the "magic" happens. Without good right hand technique, your guitar playing will not be as beautiful as it could be. Left hand, is of course very important too, but it's the right hand skill that takes more time and practice to develop good technique, especially in the early stages of guitar study. This book instantly begins work developing good right hand technique beginning on page 1. For many students, getting good control of the right hand takes time and a lot of repetition and this book gives many lessons in graduating degrees of difficulty to acquire better control.

As the student is learning to train her/his fingers to play the open strings, not only is the music notation given, but also the solfege (do, re, mi....) for each string, and later for each note. I think that's a very good way to start off learning solfege. It uses fixed "do" which I find to be the easiest form of solfege. While in music school I was taught solfege, but it was in a rather haphazard way....not as neatly organized as it is in this book. And the solfege is given for every note through page 10.

The book does not leave 1st position until near the end of the book. If all previous lessons are thoroughly practiced then leaving 1st position for 2nd should present little difficulty. All left and right hand fingerings are clearly marked, and the music notation itself is of excellent quality. The lessons have a very beautiful musicality to them and are delightful to play.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2004
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I started off with music lessons that only taught me to read tab, but I wanted to read music! My instructor started me with Arron Sherings method books and they were difficult to understand and generally were boreing.
The Sageras method is easy to understand and has very nice pieces to practice and help the student to progress.
Classical guitar is an excellent way to build a solid musical foundation, even if you want to play rock, blues or whatever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken Kelly on February 13, 2014
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I've purchased several of these for myself and others. I can't endorse it highly enough. What some may view as a weakness is actually its strength: It is EXTREMELY concise and 'to the point'. This book is best used with the aid of an accomplished instructor. BUT it is easy to follow and can be used solo... ****IF**** and only if one, step by step, does EXACTLY what it says... and realizes that (cover to cover... including the illustrations on the cover) EVERY word and symbol is very important!! There isn't a single mark, symbol or character in this book that's not important or can be ignored without missing out on something.

Here's some other important tips:

* Start at the beginning and work to the end. DO NOT skip ahead, or over exercises that seem trivial. They are not!

* When something seems too difficult, jump back to previous exercises and learn them better. It starts at nothing, and all of the latter is built upon the former.

* When it says 'sing'... sing! It's important to do so, and will help you learn to read and play better! (And who knows? you might even learn to sing!?!)

* Don't force it! 5 to 15 minutes a day (EVERY DAY) is FAR better than weekly or monthly or even daily 'marathon sessions'. There are REAL reasons you can't do certain things well... if not at all, initially. Give your muscles, tendons and neural pathways (which develop AFTER you practice, while you sleep) time to develop. I personally believe that 30 to 45 minutes a day is optimal.

* ALWAYS practice and play a properly tuned instrument! A clip-on tuner is a must! Preferably one with an accuracy of +/-0.1%, but 0.5% is okay. Worse than +/-1% is not okay!
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