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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793581885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793581887
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Alan Sturgess on 19 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I wish I'd had a book like this all those years ago when the task of learning to read music became such a chore. This really is a remarkable book - I know of no other that teaches the rudiments and more advanced levels of note-reading whilst being at the same aimed squarely at guitarists. There are masses of useful and increasingly interesting exercises, beginning with simple clapping to reinforce the idea of 'attack'.

My only niggle is that although the book is aimed at guitarists with frequent reference to string and fretboard exercises, chord diagrams are not included. Users of this book therefore need either a good working knowledge of chords, or a chord dictionary should be close to hand. Also, guitar tab is not used anywhere in the book- but don't let that worry you. The pace is well thought out and the lack of tab forces you to pay attention to reading the notation.

Apart from that, I can only say that if you play guitar and want to learn to read formal music notation - then look no further. this definitely IS the book you need.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By andy@mitchell77.freeserve.co.uk on 20 July 2001
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Takes you from a completely illiterate musician(as most of us guitarists are) to a very advanced standard. Well written with loads of exercises. This book is a MUST for all aspiring guitarists
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 1999
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This book is an incredible tool for the guitarist that can play but not read. There are tons of exercises and explanations that are all really helpful, and then before you know it, you can competently sightread. I love this book. It rocks. I'd tried tons of "learn to read" books but they're all written for other instruments, or they're written for people that haven't played the instrument before, which bites for people who can play but can't read. Buy it if you can't read music but have played guitar for a while (14 years in my case). Keep on rockin'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. C. Rigby on 21 Oct. 2012
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This book is very, very well structured in my opinion.
Starting from the very basics of "This is a crotchet, and this is how you count one." You can go from no knowledge of how to read music to being quite proficient at it. Once you have a fair grasp on basic Rhythm and how it works it introduces you to the fifth position on the guitar (Around the 5th fret basically) building your familiarity with the position before moving onto other positions such as the open position and 12th position.

Seriously, this book is pretty darn good and will certainly give you one hell of an edge against other guitarists. Everyone and their mothers can "play" guitar, but this thing will set you apart from the hoards of guitarists out there.
If a classical musician sneers at you and places sheet music in front of you while snidely remarking "How do you get a guitarist to shut up? Put sheet music in front of him!", blow his head off by sight reading it.

Just take into consideration that reading notation fluently on the guitar takes practice. There's a reason TAB is so popular for the guitar. It's insanely easy.

Whether you want to show off, or simply expand your skillset/become more valuable as a serious musician. This book is amazing and I have no regrets on buying it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. M. Shaw on 24 Feb. 2010
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This book has been an amazing help with sight reading.

Well worth the purchase if your wanting to improve or start from scratch.

Cannot recommend enough!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By giuseppe on 22 Aug. 2011
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For us guitarists - generally less "blessed" than other musicians in reading music - it's important to find some simple, clear but yet complete method to force us out of the door of our natural "laziness" and guide us into such a necessary path.

this method serves this purpose in a perfect way, from the very basics into an organic reading praxis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. E. Jordan on 12 Jun. 2009
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My guitar teacher recommended this book to me when he was teaching me to read music. I found it extremely helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jannis on 3 Nov. 2012
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Believe it or not, I'm a music degree student who never concentrated enough on sight reading. Now in my final year, I relise this is a skill I desperately need to have any kind of career. This book is fantastic for that. I obv have had some knowledge of reading music before this book, but the approach in it is 'we give you excercises, and 5 different ways to play them so that it's challenging for anyone'. I have been studying this book intensively for 2 weeks now wnd it has genuinely taught me more about sight reading than the 3000 a year i spent on a degree. Definitely recommended. A novel and practical guide to reading music
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