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.