- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Music Sales America; 4 edition (July 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0825636795
- ISBN-13: 978-0825636790
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 286 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1, 4th Edition Paperback – July 1, 2008
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About the Author
Guitarist, lutenist, author and teacher, Frederick Noad grew up in England. Originally trained on the violin and piano he took up the guitar in his early teens.
After graduating from Oxford he came to California in 1957 to organize a story department for the J. Arthur Rank Organization in Hollywood. When the film company suffered some setbacks and had to curtail its U.S. plans Noad decided to stay on. Soon after he was offered a job playing the guitar, which had become a favourite avocation, and he began to teach and to write for the instrument as well.
Thus began a long and happy (if unexpected) musical career. At this time he studied composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco at the latter's home in Beverly Hills and attended master classes of Andres Segovia and Julian Bream as a performer. Noad's first book, "Playing The Guitar" became a paperback best seller in the sixties, and this success lead to a succession of further instruction books and anthologies (listed below).
In 1966 Noad launched the award winning TV series "Guitar with Frederick Noad" for PBS The programs were enthusiastically received from coast to coast, and were credited with introducing 100,000 new players to the instrument. The currently running educational television.series is a colour remake of the original with the benefit of the latest electronic techniques .
Noad has been a faculty member of the University of California, Irvine, and the California Institute of the Arts. He has performed as a soloist, as part of a duet team, in concert with a lyric tenor and also as a continuo player in early opera. In addition to the guitar he plays the lute and theorbo.
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So why only four stars then? Because music books should ALWAYS be spiral bound so they will lay flat on the music stand. Publishers take note: release a spiral bound version, and I'll happily buy this book again.
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I have been playing the classical guitar for about 20 years now, but have played by ear most of the time. Finally last year I decided to go back and learn how to read music for the classical guitar. My first choice was Sight Reading For The Classical Guitar (Robert Benedict). I finished the levels I,II, and III. I realized that the book skipped some things like teaching a certain note before it appeared on the exercises. So I came across Noad's book on the internet. I got to see the first edition of it at the library and decided to get it. Well, I take it everywhere. You can see that there is a great mind behind the book because he will give the right suggestions to fix the mistakes that novice students are likely to make and to correct those who are self taught. Besides that, there is also the pieces that were added to this edition that come from the Noad's Guitar Anthology. There is a lot to learn in this book. Take it slow and enjoy it. Follow the tips and you will be able to learn and enjoy learning.