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Reading studies for guitar, 8 Oct. 2003
Speaking of the classical variety, it is fair to say that the majority of guitarists are notoriously bad sight-readers, even at undergraduate level. The misconception is that sight-reading is some mystyical art, when it is in fact a practicable and valuable skill like any other. Leavitt's fine text encourages sight reading in all keys by position, rather than single exam-type scale forms. This naturally requires the player to negotiate awkward shifts and stretches that are in essence essential and can lead to better finger board knowledge in a way that plain scale practice does not. The exercises move through keys by signature and accidental, which keeps you on your toes and you soon move into remote flat keys by stealth. The material is predominantly one voiced and melodic with some chord and arpeggio work thrown in: most of the rhythms are pretty standard. Despite the obvious jazz/contemporary leaning of this book, I feel it is of definite benefit to both the contemporary and classical guitarist. The emphasis here is on keeping going even if you hit every note wrong. A good starting point for the novice sight-reader but not the novice player.