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50 Easy Classical Guitar Solos Paperback – December 1, 1998
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The first few pieces are easy enough for even an early beginner like myself to play (not like Mr. Willard, of course, who plays all the songs beautifully, but well enough to keep me interested and keen to practice). The songs are simple but very attractive, and I find myself actually listening to the accompanying CD a lot, at work or in the car.
The only reason for not giving this 5 stars: I would have preferred a spiral binding - it is not that easy to keep the book open, and after a few months of daily use I am getting worried about pages starting to become loose. Not a big deal at all, though. If you are a beginning or early intermediate classical guitarist, this book will definitely not disappoint you.
The fifty pieces in the book are arranged in more or less increasing order of difficulty. There is a nice variety of different tempos, time signatures, keys, etc., and the pieces are about as good as they can be at this level of difficulty.
I'm torn between four stars and five stars for this book. The reasons that I've decided on four stars are:
The pages in the beginning devoted to brief biographies of the composers would have been more useful had they been devoted to things like explaining that p means the thumb, a means the ring finger, and general advice on right-hand patterns where the notation does not explicitly give right-hand fingerings.
The notation should give right-hand fingerings more frequently. Very often, I can get the notes in several different ways. My guess is that some of them will build up bad habits when I move to more demanding pieces; it would be helpful to be practicing patterns that will prove helpful in the future.
These are, however, minor criticisms. This is a very nice collection of pieces, and I can recommend it whole-heartedly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good for the beginner (me). I use this along with Frederick Noad Solo Guitar Book 1 for practice.Published 1 month ago by Marge
The selections were all very similar, with no melody to speak of, and none that were recognizable. This one is going straight out to yard sale status Too bad though. Read morePublished 2 months ago by josephus
Only three stars reflects more my skills and success rather than the quality of the book, which I think is pretty good. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tom Moore
A lot of fun and cool pieces some are challenging but a great range of pieces.Published 7 months ago by TylerJ89
The book came in on time as expected. All of the music is perfect for teaching new players the beauty of classical guitar. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carlos