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  • Spiral-bound: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications; Spi Pap/Co edition (10 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786674334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786674336
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 20 Sept. 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
Excellent Tuition Books! I'm using Mel Bay's Grade 1 & 2 at the moment which I find excellent for teaching anyone who is serious about playing the guitar. Alfred's Guitar Method books 1, 2, 3 and Fredrick Noad Solo Guitar are also worth a look
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent followup 8 Jan. 2007
By F. Miller - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
This is an excellent follow up to the first book in the Mel Bay series. It is well worth to buy the expanded edition rather than the standard edition of the book. Not only do you get more content, including several excellent practice and warm-up exercises, the spiral binding holds up to lots of wear. The only thing that would make it better would be if it came with the CD.

If you are learning on your own (as I am), especially if you are an adult (read older, 50+) learner, I strongly recommend using the Mel Bay expanded series. It doesn't talk down to you and moves along fast enough to keep you interested. Actually, I'd suggest using both this and "Alfred's Basic Guitar Method (Complete, Books 1 - 3)" and alternate between the two. The only problem with the Alfred's book is the perfect binding doesn't hold up well with extensive use.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Best Graded lesson? 8 Jan. 2010
By Mark W. Smith - Published on
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Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method Grade 2 in this expanded version shows great wisdom in guitar instruction. Using a variety of styles in each key, Bill takes his father's work to the next level. The key to successful guitar music falls somewhere in the realm of experiential expression--it cannot be captured with simple technique any more than it can be spontaneously emotional. Both technical proficiency and artistic maturity are required to make quality music happen.

The Bays bring both parts of this equation together in short exercises and tunes designed to expand the burgeoning musician's musical alertness while stretching technical ability. Music theory is presented as part of the flow, almost indiscernible from the content--a great way to avoid the traditional brain freeze commonly caused by trying to force feed theory.

For a systematic approach to developing musical maturity and skill, I highly recommend this series.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great book for anyone who really wants to learn to play guitar. 28 Aug. 2008
By William Faulkner's Friend - Published on
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I finshed Grade 1 of the Mel Bay series and just bought the expanded version of Grade 2. The expanded version has a lot of additional materials and two CDs. However, I think either the regular or expanded versions of the Mel Bay series are GREAT books for anyone who REALLY wants to learn how to play the guitar. I have several Led Zeppelin tab books, and have learned a lot of little riffs for White Stripes, Soundgarden, Nirvana, etc. However, I owe most of what I've learned so far in terms of chords and fretboard familiarity to Mel Bay. No rock tunes in there, but some good sounding music that is targeted to teaching you fundamentals that you can use to play ANY kind of music!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4 stars for the book, 2 stars for the CD 6 Dec. 2011
By P. Mortelmans - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
The exercises in the book are very well designed, and will definitely improve technique and speed. However, there are rather few songs that I would consider beautiful to hear or fun to play. If you're practicing one hour a day, start with half an hour Mel Bay, but make sure you have another book around with some more musical exercises and songs to work on intonation and on other techniques like fingerpicking, arpeggio's, double stops etc...
The CD confirms that the focus in on speed. All exercises are played FAST, but not even flawless. To make it worse, the guitar sounds terrible (OK, that'subjective), and has an annoying fret buzz!

In short: For your daily speed drill, there is probably no better book, but this is not an all-round guitar book and it will not develop your total musical skills.
The CD is a shame.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you are just beginning to learn learning and can commit to a rigorous approach and practice 15 July 2014
By A. Johnson - Published on
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If you are learning and committed to rigorous practice then this series is spectacular. It focuses on flatpicking, but by book two you can easily supplement with with fingerstyle exercises/songs in other books (see supplements mentioned below).

Disclaimer: I played a variety of instruments all my life, but never a stringed instrument. I had no idea that the guitar would be so interesting and challenging.

I used Book 1 to get started. Book 2 in the series cranks up the requirements for the student adding some interesting challenges, stressing expansion of comfort with string skipping and accidentals, continuing to add keys to your repertoire, and beginning to introduce positions beyond the open position.

If you pay close attention you will realize that the exercises you are playing provide brief examples of material that will be taught subsequently. When the books do introduce something new, your brain and hands will kind of alert and say, oh yeah, I did something like that a while back. Eases you into new material, concepts, and ideas.

Don't be fooled into thinking you can breeze through these books. You gotta take the time to practice to some level of competence as you move on, otherwise you'll be overwhelmed by later material. Work on what is hard. For me a lot of that in book 2 was initially string skipping...geesh will I ever get this? Yep, it takes practice though...thoughtful practice. The books demand (although NOT overtly) that you THINK while you are practicing.

I have been playing for about 6-7 months. I am having a GREAT time with this series. I thought that like woodwinds and brass I would just rip through the books in the series maybe one a month or at most one every 2 months. I mean, it is just a guitar, right? It's gotta be easy, right? Nope. I am currently about half way through this book two with a whole new respect for this glorious instrument. That in itself has been worth the price of Book 1 and Book 2.

I do recommend supplementing your practice with the technique studies for this series and level as well as the "key appropriate" sections of the 1A and 1B Mastering the Guitar Books and the technique book that goes with the Mastering series. I have also supplemented with Tommy Flint's Complete Fingerstyle Guitar Method, Barrett Tagliarino's Guitar Fretboard Workbook, and suggest finding some theory book of your choice as well. I also just find and play songs from books and internet sources as well as doing a bit of diddling around.

So why this series rather than another that may have you playing more pop and rock, jazz or blues etc earlier? If you have the patience and the perseverance my guess is that using this series with supplements, in a year or two or three, you will play RINGS around your friends who used less rigorous tools.
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