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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.; Pap/Com edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786628936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786628933
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,302,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By efells on December 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have had this book for several years. I have spent considerable time attempting to master and memorize the pieces in this book. These are important repertoire pieces that every classical guitar player should aspire to. I am a self-taught, intermediate player.
The CD is invaluable. If you want to learn these pieces by listening to Julian Bream, John Williams or Segovia, good luck. Their level of ornamentation and Baroque techniques will leave you wondering "Can you really really do that on a guitar?". Javier Calderone's playing on the CD is straight forward. He uses some ornamentation, but no where near what you would hear in other players, for example Sharon Isbin or Jason Vieaux. His playing approach is very conducive for learning.
The pieces are all recorded at the tempo they should be performed at. There are other software packages and tools to slow them down if needed.
The transcriptions are true to the CD. I found some of the fingerings to be over complicated, and simplified them to my taste and skill level.
Instruction in this package is minimal. This includes fingering direction. If you need to learn Baroque technique and interpretation look elsewhere.
The transcription for "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire" is very similar to the one in Christopher Parkening's Bach transcriptions book. It is very difficult for an intermediate player to learn. This is mainly due to having to seamlessly reposition constantly up and down the fretboard.
I own at least a half dozen books of Bach transcriptions, including those of Joseph Castle, Christopher Parkening, Frank Koonce and Lily Afshar. I would highly recommend this set as one of the better overviews of Bach transcriptions for solo guitar. The included CD this package stand out from the rest.
The package also has a complete transcription of Bach's Chaconne. I consider learning this piece to be one of the milestones of reaching the next level. I will learn this transcription in time.
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By Nathan Medina on January 11, 2015
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Very nice book. I've been wanting to learn some of these songs and the arrangements are good. The CD is a great accompaniment-not played as well as some of the greater players but it gives a great example of how to play each song. Overall I would highly recommend this.
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