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Music Reading for Guitar: The Complete Method (Essential Concepts) Paperback – 1 Jan 1998

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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 1.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By Chris Downing TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2003
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I'd guess this is the way most professionals approach playing music - that is, "Don't learn all the notes in all the positions, play certain keys in certain positions where they are easiest, get the whole picture into a workable form ASAP, and focus your practice". As good as you'll get in one book....but plenty more to work on once you have these basics in the old noggin! But this is a great place to start. But you'll still need plenty of standard notation work to practice on - but that stuff you can get from the library anyway - this is the book that will centre you on the 'what and how' in a structured methodology.

I use this as support material when teaching Guitar as it's the best I've found on the subject. I also like William Leavitt's books on reading and if you can still get it the Arnie Berle one on sight reading is one that takes a much more linear approach and gets you thinking outside of the traditional first 5 frets - but,if you still want a really traditional approach (learn the hell out of the first 5 frets and then move on up) I'd suggest you also use either Mel Bay's Modern Guitar method books (7 in the series - not so modern as they were originally written in 1948! But still good for learning music), or William Bay's Mastering the Guitar (5 in the series). Don't bother with the CD versions if your using them to learn music - that's exactly what your trying to get away from; TAB and listening to CDs.
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If like me you are good with TAB but not reading music for guitar then this will help. I can read music already having played another instrument for years but don't know where the corresponding notes are on the guitar. This book works for me. You can't just read it though, you really need to have your guitar in your hands at the time. It will help you learn all of the note names on the fretboard too. My only beef is with myself for not sticking with it enough. New Year coming up so time to make a resolution to pick the book up again and get stuck in.
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Great book for us guitarists that view playing music and playing guitar as two completely separate subjects. Well paced and clean layout. With a bit of self discipline this book will have you reading accurately in about 8 or 9 months.
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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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