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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications (24 Feb 1949)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871663570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871663573
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 22 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
The CD is not included with this book, but may be purchased separately: Number: 93201CD ; Format: 2-CD Set ; ISBN: 0786604247
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Aslett on 15 Mar 2009
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Beware, this product DOES NOT HAVE THE CD and AMAZON CANNOT PROVIDE IT,

STupid really, it is a guitar learning method BASED on a CD. Page one only lists tracks!

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Mel Bay'sGuitar Method, Level 2 Is Excellent 2 Dec 2003
By Scott Kolecki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a guitar instructor of 10 years, I can say that the entire Mel Bay series of guitar technique books are very good-the best around. This second book in the series, Level 2 continues the education began in Level 1.
This second book, more so than the first, does require the assistance of an instructor or experienced player. Although it still introduces new techniques with decent visual graphics and adequate written instruction, it does not allow for the beginner to reference it in the way Mel Bay 1 does. Instead, this second book advances a little more quickly, with more advanced playing technique that develops the individual player's skill with such devices as scales, plectrum technique, more advanced bar chords, and beginning movement in positions up the neck.
As with level one, the book continues to introduce players to new chords, and provides practical applications of these chords to songs to be attempted by the guitar student. The intent of this technique is to master the use of the chords in playing styles that are more classically evolved rather than only focusing on rythem playing. The result is a more rounded education with a playing style that, upon completion of this book, should begin to become highly developed.
For anyone who has been looking for a great study of the guitar, look no further than the MelBay Guitar Method series. These books are first rate and will provide a great education for anyone from the casual player to the most dedicated student musician.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Teach yourself the guitar 1 Jun 2000
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used Mel Bay's guitar method series to teach myself the guitar and they helped greatly. By teaching the proper fingering and technique for picking and strumming, it was easier to pick up the instrument.
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A great book for flat pickers and Jazz players 30 May 2011
By Phony Money - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Method 2 expanded with CDs gives you techniques that can be applied to several different style. the first section of lessons deals with scale and flatpicking exercises. Soon the author gets into chordal arrangements, which is a great gateway for the jazz guitarist who wants to get in to chord melody style of playing. But yet again, the flat picker can benefit too from the following section because some of the pieces are bluegrass oriented.

Anywho, several keys are discuss and the backcover then gives you follow up materials to pursue which relates to the keys or lessons...

I own method books 2, 5 and 7 of this series. Book 2 is a great book for flat pickers and jazz chord melody players because of the targeted lessons and songs... Then I would pursue book 5 next because of the chordal exercising, jazz oriented to further develop your chord melody style. As for book 7 in this series, It is a "give or take" thingy. It contains more of the same lessons found in book 5 but just in different keys. For me, books 2 and 5 pretty much gave me enough information, songs, and techniques to move forward in to flat picking and jazz playing. I really would not recommend this book for rockers or blues player unless you want to perfect your music reading skills. However, the first 10 lessons in book 2 contains some great flat picking exercises and scale runs that all players can benefit.
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Very nice! 22 Aug 2006
By Aubrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Learning to play again, read music this time. Very logical, well thought out, new skills seem to appear on their own after sustained practice. The man must have been a fabulous teacher.
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This is NOT Mel Bay's Book 26 May 2011
By dalepres - Published on Amazon.com
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They should change the name of this book to Bill Bay's Modern Guitar Method. It's definitely not Mel Bay's book. I've been through the Mel Bay series many years ago and even after 30 years of not playing guitar, I can still play the first half of Senorita - Mel Bay's arrangement of an etude from Carcassi op.59 - his Complete Guitar Method in Three Parts.

The Mel Bay version, that was in Grade 2 for probably 30 years, was a reasonably accurate arrangement, made a little simpler to fit a Grade 2 (as in guitar grades, not school grades) student. This book no longer has the Mel Bay version - it must, therefore, be the Bill Bay version. This version is boring, overly simplified, does nothing respectful to the master's work - or to Bill Bay's father's work.

I had ordered the extended versions as I am re-learning to play guitar and had always been a huge fan and evangelist for Mel Bay books - in fact, even though I haven't been playing for many years until about 8 months ago, I have still bought many Mel Bay books as gifts for all my kids and grandkids or anyone else I knew that was learning guitar. When I found how badly the extended versions had mangled Mel Bay's original work and arrangements of other master works, I was pretty disappointed. Thinking that I would get the original books and use them as my base with the extended versions just used for the "extended" parts, I ordered this book, which was supposed to be the original. In fact, I used the "Look Inside" feature to find Senorita specifically and verify that it was the much better original version - since that was the only song I really remembered from 35 years ago. The "Look Inside" showed it to be the Mel Bay arrangement.

Well, I got this book this week only to find that this book, supposedly the original, has received the same Bill Bay thrashing and now has the overly simplified, completely boring, version.

Funny thing is that I haven't noticed such changes in Grade 1. Maybe I just don't remember as much about that book after all these years but the pieces I do remember seem to be untouched.

Why Bill Bay felt he had to, or could, improve on his father's work is beyond me.

I have to say that Grade 2, this version or the extended, are a complete disappointment compared to the real Mel Bay versions. If you can find an old copy of Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method, buy that instead of Bill Bay's Modern Guitar Method.
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