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The Natural Classical Guitar: The Principles of Effortless Playing Paperback – 1 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kahn & Averill (1 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871082307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871082302
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,969,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is probably the most under-appreciated guide to playing any guitar.

The paradox inherent in this guide is its attention to detail while simultaneously continually reminding the reader of the simplicity in nature of practising, performing, and enjoying the use of the instrument.

This 304-page book could be considered as the much-expanded version of the booklet "On Practicing" (24 pages) [ISBN: 0786658738]. One could get this little guide if one thinks "The Natural Classical Guitar" too great a tome at the mo'.

The process by which "The Natural Classical Guitar" advises one how to adapt to playing the guitar naturally is elaborated in a series of 10 principles:
1. Let Nature support your playing.
2. Increase body/mind awareness.
3. Develop natural concentration.
4. Cultivate dynamic relaxation.
5. Apply the play-relax technique.
6. Refine your guitar skills.
7. Learn from the Masters.
8. Use the mind-over-fingers approach.
9. Share your enjoyment of music.
10. Evolve from the guitar to the Self.

It helps to understand the naturalness of playing the guitar by reminding oneself that it is (as it was) designed at its best for and by humans wanting to create melodious sounds by plucking 6 taut strings, each having different tensions for producing a different note each. Further differences in sound are created with the aid of frets for each string, positioned most appropriately for the average human hand, hearing and appreciation of musical sounds.

"The Natural Classical Guitar" is beautifully written and is well worth getting if you are a serious player or aspirant of any stringed musical instrument.
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This books helped me to solve difficult problems that I encountered in my playing. In my opinion the important premise is that, one should relax the body and use a nimble mind to allow the hands to become nimble. It all sounds a bit far out at first until you realise the importance of being truely relaxed in your playing. The sections on tremelo and fast scales are excellent. My only complaint is that I would have liked to see more examples of working through pieces and polishing them to performance standard. I read this book at one sitting whilst on holiday in spain this year. I was surrounded by guitar music and found this text added to the wonderful atmosphere .
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A thought provoking book which I think will become a read which I will return to time and time again.
I did take a big gulp when I saw the price the few remaining books are commanding, but after I read the sampler pages before buying, I thought that the book might help me apply myself to become the better guitar student that I want to be.
Packaging and speed of shipping was excellent.
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Guitar playing is not just following the music. This book provides the tools to expand your playing technique, so that you can express the music. The book contains helpful hints to improve your practice to bring out your best when performing.
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It is not easy to find such books that provide down to earth advice on how to handle guitar education. Strongly recommended.
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