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100 Graded Classical Guitar Studies Paperback – January 1, 1992
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The fingering indications are left as the original composer intended. Noad has done a masterful job selecting and organizing these 100 studies from the vast number out there. Carcassi's great 25 studies are all here. Sor's "20 Segovia" studies are here (save one or two), much more by Sor, and some great pieces by Guiliani. I have literally scores of books of studies and this is the only one I ever feel like using. Unless you are near virtuoso or a complete beginner, this book will fit the bill as no other. It's the definitive desert island classical guitar book. (Requires music reading ability, No TAB).
This is for classical guitar players and is invaluable--the best collection I've seen. I've used it for supplemental music for my students for 8 years and it is the best skill building/musical collection out there.
While I feel that the book deserves five stars, it is not without problems, specifically:
1. It is extraordinarily difficult to keep the book
open to the desired pages when it is on a music
stand; spiral-binding would have solved this. This
may seem like nit-picking, but it's an important
shortcoming given the purpose of the book.
2. Right-hand fingerings are given for only a few of
the pieces; in many cases, choice of the proper
right-hand pattern can make a huge difference in
the ease of performing a piece.
3. While Noad gives full left-hand fingerings, he
does not give diagrams of hand-positions to adopt
for a passage, with fingers in place for the next
Even taking these into account, however, it remains, in my opinion, the best book of exercises available to any but the most advanced classical guitarist.
"Study 63: M. Giuliani Op. 51 No. 15" - simple looking at first glance, but has some nice left-hand technical challenges and sounds wonderful, and "Study 26: M. Carcassi Op. 60 No.1" - a lovely scale study which is very, very musical and fun to play. This book is loaded with fantastic music from three of the greatest guitarists, teachers and composers who ever lived. I will never have time to get to every piece, but luckily I can play those I love the most.
If you are weak in understanding musical notation you will most likely become frustrated with most of the material in this book. This is for serious classical guitarists and students of guitar who truly want to improve their playing ability. These pieces are called "studies" for a very good reason - their purpose is to teach various technical skills while learning the piece. I teach classical guitar and will pull out one of these studies for my more advanced students. I really love this book and it is one of the best I have. Good left hand fingering suggestions are given although I will sometimes change them to suit my needs, but usually they are right on. I always have to write in the right hand fingerings for my students (and myself sometimes) which is something I think Mr. Noad could have already done in some circumstances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like Noad's books. I have the solo guitar playing books as well as the repertoire anthologies. Read morePublished 9 days ago by RectifiedGTRz
The tablature has lost clarity I guess from poor reproduction. It's small and broken numbering.Published 2 months ago by c.i.
A good book with graded studies. Lets you maintain sigh reading and details what is best for the performance of each Study. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Louis A Robertella
Great book. I appreciate that it does not include tablature, so that people like me learning to read music for guitar aren't tempted to fall back on old habits.Published 7 months ago by James
Mr. Noad has compiled a collection of 100 studies by Giuliani, Sor and Carcassi. They are supposedly graded, but quickly become quite difficult. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bennett P. Lacy
Everything I expected and done with FN's usual thoroughness.Published 14 months ago by Jack Treasure
This is a collection of 100 heavy-duty studies by 3 of the original Masters of the classic guitar: Giuliani, Sor, and Carcassi. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bsnms
looks good although it is too advanced for me as a beginner, maybe once I've learn't more it will be usefulPublished 17 months ago by m evelyn