- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard; REV ed. edition (January 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 079358521X
- ISBN-13: 978-0793585212
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method - Volume 2: Guitar Technique Paperback – January 1, 1998
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You get pages with vital technique (which will reinforce what a good teacher tells you. My teacher is a fanatic for hand position and finger control--and nothing in here contradicts him.) However, it's all for naught if you can't play enjoyable music. And even the short studies that Parkening recommends you memorize and play as a warm-up are full of charming music. Some of the great Baroque repertoire is here and some familiar ditties as well. I haven't found one piece in any of these books that I find musically obnoxious.
I'm not playing out of this book--yet. I'm still working through Book 1 and actually in no hurry to get past it. But I bought Book 2 to look forward to what is to come--and because I love the guitar repertoire, especially the Baroque.
Another unique feature is in-depth interpretation of the musical piece at hand, which helps one to understand the background and the musical construction of the composition. This section gives also performance suggestions and tips to overcome technical difficulties relating to the specific musical piece. Bottom line one ends up not just a better performer, but also a better a better understanding of music with the ability to analyze to an improved extant.
Many jewels are scattered throughout the first part of the text which presents technique. Carol of the Bells, Sakura, Scarborough Faire, Bianco Fiore, name just a few. The Repertory constitutes the second half of the text and spans the Renaissance (Dowland, Milan, Johnson ...), Baroque (Bach, Sanz, D. Scarlatti ...), Classical (Carcassi, Sor, Mozart ...) and Romantic (Taregga ...) eras.
I've always wanted to play Dowland's "My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe (Almand)". Parkening's version complete with hammer-ons and pull-offs has given me hope that I might one day play this at tempo.
"The aim and final end of all music should be none other that the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." J.S. Bach