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The New Art of Ragtime Guitar: solo guitar compositions and technique Paperback – May 6, 2011
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Another little example that irks me is measure 2 of "Bloozinay" on page 90. The original book tabbed it correctly, but with the wrong notation (that 2nd C should be a C#). This new edition leaves out the C# and tabs it incorrectly. At that point, I just went back to the first edition. I don't want to second guess the editing when working through a resource like this. And that's what it comes down to: lazy editing. I was going to return the book, but I enjoy my pdf of the original so much, it's nice to have a legit hard copy; even if it has some editing blunders.
I have yet to work through Absquatulation Rag, which sounds like a charming little tune, but the first seven tunes are all classics. This is a book worth getting for the developing guitarist, but maybe finding the old book is worth it a little more.
However, this book is really challenging even for an advanced player--not that that is a bad thing--just fair warning. I figure if I work on a piece or two a day for almost half a lifetime, I should be able to play about like Richard does in the samples. Okay, a challenge is a good thing and goals are nice to have. I'm not unhappy with this purchase. I just wish Richard wasn't such a great player, because I won't ever be that good.
If you buy this, keep in mind it's chewy--rewarding but chewy.
but also recordings of the individual techniques being demonstrated. The current edition points to a web site with the musical pieces but there
are no recorded demonstrations of the individual techniques. I found being able to hear those to be very useful as well.
Otherwise, a nice update to the original
Well done Mr. Saslow.