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Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1, 4th Edition Paperback – July 1, 2008
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About the Author
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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That aside, I’ve played self-taught for 40-years. With this book, for the first time I’m learning to read music and know the music I’m playing.
This is an exceptional book, digital or print (tho, I would agree with comments that spiral bound print version would be an improvement).
The early exercises start in first position, but it progresses to the seventh position and includes concepts like harmonics and equivalent notes.
One of the best parts of this book is that most of the exercises are pleasant to listen to. Repeating them doesn't get too monotonous. Many of the exercises are written as duets so the teacher and student can work together.
This was a good choice. I'm enjoying working through it.
That being said, the Kindlized version is deplorable. Avoid at all costs. As another reviewer pointed out, the publishers made low resolution scans of the music notation and they are illegible. I tried using a high resolution laptop, a 12" tablet, and my Paperwhite and the print was blurry. Very poor quality control on the part of Macmillan and Wise Publications, and Amazon.
Buy a hard copy and lug it around.
2) Music Reading
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.
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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The book works well for an autodidact person even with no previous music playing experience. Compared to the 'for dummies' method, I find it to be more organized and professional.
Overall, it is an excellent method but bear in mind that the book without constant hard work doesn't take you anywhere.
The content of the book itself, I really like. To teach yourself classical guitar from a book is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but Fredrick Noad has made a great job of a difficult task.
written. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn.
My guitar teacher told me to get a copy.
Very pleased with my purchase.
It gradually moves the student to a higher level in a smooth way, always having in mind the basics and more important tips to play at its best.