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Solo Guitar Playing, Third Edition Book 1 - with CD (Classical Guitar) Paperback

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Product Details

  • Series: Classical Guitar
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Amsco Publications; 3rd edition (December 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825694000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825694004
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is very well laid out for the beginner.
Carlos Martinez
If you want to try learning Classical guitar on your own without a teacher, this is about the only book I've found that will help you do it.
He starts right out and then keeps going with very easy, pleasant sounding practice pieces, which helps keep your enthusiasm high.
Nathaniel Horn

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167 of 168 people found the following review helpful By hamsterdance on February 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
A few months ago I decided to get serious about learning to play the guitar. However, I knew I would not be able to afford private or even class instruction. After going to music stores and carefully studying many beginning guitar books I settled on this one. I did not want to learn guitar by laboriously picking apart songs from cds note by note or relying solely on tablature. As Mr. Noad so rightly says in Chapter 3 guitarists are notoriously poor readers (that is, poor at reading traditional music notation). With this he launches into a very direct and easy introduction of traditional music notation and relating it to the guitar.
Unlike the previous reviewer I believe even someone who has never read sheet music in their life will have no problem learning with this book/cd. I certainly am not. Mr. Noad provides plenty of musical exercises (they start short but get longer as you learn more and get further into the book), each one short and specific with commentary where it is needed. The point is that someone who is teaching themself must not get in a rush. I devote a minimum of one week to each chapter (and usually more) and that is practicing every night for a minimum of 30 minutes.
The book starts with chapters and photos with explicit demonstrations of the proper way to hold the guitar as well as meticulously describing (with photos) exactly how the hands and fingers should be positioned for optimal playing (and to avoid bad habits that will make playing more advanced pieces difficult).
The next chapters introduce music notation immediately linking each note with the corresponding position on the fretboard and reinforces it with very short musical exercises. He explains whole notes, half notes, etc.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Tell-It-Like-It-Is on June 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Not only does this book introduce students to the essential techniques, but also to a wide variety of composers from various countries and periods. I feel this is important as it allows the beginner to not only gain an appreciation for the contributions of these composers, but also allows the student to determine the area of focus they would like to pursue in the future, whether that be a preference for Baroque period or Spanish composers, etc.
If there is a flaw, it is found in the accompanying CD. Students, such as myself, can be mislead in what is attainable. For example, the first piece on the CD is called "Spanish Study", which sounds like a simplified version of Leyenda. Nevertheless, if you hear how fast Frederick Noad plays, it is extremely discouraging because there is no way in the world 99.99% of beginning students are going to be able to play this first piece at tempo. It leaves you feeling, "if this is what is expected of a beginning student on the first piece, maybe this instrument is way beyond my capacity, and I should just look for an easier instrument." So, I feel the CD would have been better done if Frederick Noad had played the pieces at a tempo that is realistic for a beginning student. To me, the purpose of an accompanying CD is not to show how a professional would play it, but to show you how you should sound if you play it correctly for the student level to which the book is targeted.
Secondly, one thing beginning students may not know about is a "digital editing", which I'm sure was done on some of the pieces played, since the average for classical guitar is 100 digital edits per 20 minutes of music. An excellent example of this is in the beautiful "El Testamen de Amelia".
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By James Stevens on May 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought the book with the CD with the understanding that it would help me to improve my solo guitar skills. After all, that is the Title - Solo Guitar playing. I am teaching myself and I have no one to play duets with. I am not a raw beginner, I have already studied the Carcassi (1st position studies) and Carulli (book 1) methods.
The good: The book is well organized and the solo's are wonderful to play. The hints before the solos are vary helpful and the CD is a great aid in developing the correct timing and expression that the piece requires. The pace is not to fast or too slow. The CD is so good I listen to it alone. The book/CD has 40 solo's in increasing complexity. Each one builds upon the skill-set developed in the previous solo's.
Now the bad part: I was somewhat (unpleasantly) surprised to discover that most of the 148 practice exercises are duets. No problem I figured, I'll play the student part and use the CD for the teacher's part. Wrong, contrary to what one might expect the CD does not contain either part of the practice duets. To get the most out of the books excercises requires a teacher or very proficient practice partner to play the harder part of the duet. I belive that this is a real deficiency.
I would have gladly paid another $10 for a second CD of the excercises to play along with. The CD should have had both parts recorded in stereo with the students part on one speaker and the teachers part on the other. This would have made it easy for the student to listen to both parts to get the feel for the piece and then turn down the student volume and play along with the teachers part. An ambitious student could have even attempted to go back and play some of the earlier teacher's parts as his/her skills progressed.
Sadly, without the Excercises on the CD, this opportunity is lost.
Overall I recommend the book and have gone ahead and purchased Volume 2 (with the CD). What I need now is a practice partner.....
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