Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1 - Revised and Updated 4th Edition - Book and CD
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Probably the best guitar method book available. Apr 08, 2010
By S. Rivera
This method book explains the exercises just enough to be pertinent to your developement as a new guitar player. It does not go into meaningless explanations that would not mean much for someone who is just starting. It paces the student as he learns the techiques. The book is prepared in a way that you do not need to imcorporate any other method books. This book, along with Solo guitar playing book two, Carcassi guitar method from Carl Fisher and Segovia's Scale patterns you would be all set for all your techiques from beginner to intermediate.
CD isn't complete enough Jun 04, 2012
The exercises and progression in this book are great. Hundreds of detailed exercises. However, as another review of a previous edition of this book stated, the title "solo" guitar) is somewhat misleading. Most of the exercises are duets, but the CD doesn't have any of the exercises on it.
In particular, the CD only has the 40 "studies" , none of the exercises.
Of course the studies on the CD are great. And, I think you can piece together how most of the exercises should sound. But it is tricky to get the rhythm for the beginner, without hearing it.
Since the book is trying to teach also how to read musical notation, it puts the beginner in the position of trying to learn how to read the music without knowing what its supposed to sound like.
Hence the book is probably best used with a teacher, but its still a great book.
The Charles Parkening method book has every single exercise/study on the CD.