Music Reading for Guitar: The Complete Method (Essential Concepts) Paperback – 1 Jan 1998
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book which will definitely take your sight reading to a new level!Published 7 months ago by crosscutsaw
Just bought this to help me with my GCSE and grade 7. It makes EVERYTHING so simple and clear. 10/10Published 14 months ago by Josh
Perfect for people like me who always say that raw talent doesn't need total theory.Yet want to learn anyway.A smart book.Published 14 months ago by Waiting
Quite simply the best book on learning to read music for guitar players. Really comprehensive, follows a logical and sensible progression. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Cheung
Brilliant if learning guitar . Comes with many interesting exercisesPublished 16 months ago by Derek Moss
The first half of the book are really good. You learn the notes and rhythm and some simple exercises. I don't like the songs because you only learn to play 1 string at a time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by D. C. Corbey
After reading these reviews I couldn't wait for mine to arrive. I used to read music fluently when I was a child (playing the customary recorder at school). Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2014 by Miss H.