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Complete Learn To Play Fingerpicking Guitar Manual (Progressive Complete) Perfect Paperback – 1 Oct 2003

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  • Perfect Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Koala Publications; Pap/Com edition (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864692367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864692365
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Includes 2 CDs. Everything you wanted to know about fingerpicking guitar playing, contained within one book. Takes you from beginner to professional level in a variety of styles including Folk, Country, Blues, Ragtime, Rock and Jazz. Features all the popular left and right hand techniques used in traditional and contemporary fingerpicking guitar. Uses both standard music notation and easy-red tablature. An essential guide for guitarists at any level.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty Anne Stone on 5 April 2010
Format: Perfect Paperback
I'm making good progress with this book. It presents you with many different fingerpicking patterns, moving bass lines, techiniques like hammer on/slide/pull off, and how to play a melody and accompaniment at the same time. Every exercise is accompanied by a recording, so you always know what you should sound like. That's something I appreciate a lot.
However, I disagree that this is suitable for a beginner guitar player. Although it does start basic, it moves very fast. For instance, by lesson 3 (p23) it presents you with your first bar chord. The problem is beginners will be trying to learn two rather difficult things simultaneously - picking patterns and chords. A beginner could become demoralised quickly.
I'd therefore recommend this book to someone who has been playing for a few months - comfortable with the most common open chords and changes between them, getting to grips with barre chords. Then he/she can concentrate on the fingerpicking alone and will be producing some lovely sounding music within the first 25 pages!
The weakness of this book (and another reason why beginners might get demoralised) is that although the exercises consist of some pretty neat chord progressions, there are few songs to reward your efforts in the exercises. Also the songs are either traditional, country or ragtime.. I found I only knew one song in the entire book!
All in all, the teaching is good and things are well explained, the book takes you to a pretty professional level, and very fast you'll be playing beautiful music, however not the best book for absolute beginners, and probably best complimented by a fingerpicking songbook or adapting songs yourself to fingerpicking (and the book will enable you to do this).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Lawrence on 28 Dec. 2008
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This manual is easy to follow for the self-taught, and the CD provides the recorded version of each piece so you can check your own playing. The explanations are clear, and include many photographs showing finger positions.

My main gripe about this book is that it isn't very engaging. The text and photos are dull, and the CD is just music - there's no commentary or encouragement.

A second niggle is that there is no index of the chords. As you advance through the text, you will come across chords you've seen before, and the TAB is always provided. However, the chord diagram is only shown the first time you encounter the chord - and an index back to these diagrams would have been helpful.

You need to provide your own motivation and enthusiasm, and you need to take notes of the chord diagrams if you can't remember them all. Provided you can supply these, you'll find this book immensely useful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Condron on 29 Jan. 2008
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This is for me the best yet in the best series of guitar tutor books I have come across. Starting with laying down bass lines with the alternating thumb, this volume builds technique upon technique developing and applying a solid but ever-refining system to a range of styles and wide selection of well known tunes. The arrangements are tasteful- pleasing to play and to the ear. My own interest in this book came from others in the series and because earlier blues and country as well as folk are among my favourites. For fans with similar tastes, I highly recommend this book. In terms of value for money, its hard to exaggerate how much you get here. As the cover says 'Beginner to Professional'- literally years of work and enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oli Twist on 17 May 2010
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I began on this book as a 2 month beginner. I wanted to start down the direction of fingerpicking and improve speed and strength forming chords.

Between the pages of this book a serious amount of practice is required to keep up with the program. The songs aren't particularly catchy and the book often 'forgets to mention something' so there isn't a great deal of immediate reward.

If you slowly run with the book and practice sufficiently, it offers an opportunity to progress to a suprisingly high level of fingerpicking which unlocks countless internets tabs.

You can't use it as a beginners guide to guitar, it assumes a basic level of knowledge and it doesn't exercise the other necessary skills such as scales.

-- 4 mths passes --

I'm 4mths down the line and although progress through the book is painfully slow, I still pick it up every night making it a superb buy. When I recap the earlier chapters they have a catchy rhythmn that I hadn't previously been skilled enough to form. I find myself using the books techniques on some fairly complex online fingerpicking tabs and creating a half decent tune.

Very highly recommended but beginners should prepare themselves for a very hard road.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AdrianF on 17 Nov. 2012
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I was really impressed with how the information in this book is laid out and how it progresses, it does say for beginners to professional, my one big complaint is that on the CD the music starts straight off on each track, No count in, so as a beginner the CD is a lot less use than it could have been.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Dec. 2009
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For a man who has always just bashed chords on his acoustic i love it, I'm only 27 pages in and have already learnt 6 fingerpicking styles with many more to come, suddenly all the chords that used to sound boring suddenly sound fresh again! Great book!
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