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Most Popular Classical Melodies for Easy Classical Guitar [With CD (Audio)] Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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It covers most of the usual suspects: Debussy, Brahms, Satie, Bach, Gounod with some extra, less familiar pieces that work beautifully. Most pieces stay in first position and where barre chords are called for they are the less challenging ones. When the tune moves up the neck the arrangement is sparse so you don't feel you're running out of fingers.
Advanced guitarists or those looking for more complex arrangements will find nothing here, but for the rest of us, this is a delight, a book to relax with, to play with, to learn some great sounding melodies with minimal effort and to feel you've achieved something. The TAB notation means you don't even need to be able to read music, and is a handy crutch for those a little rusty in their playing and reading. Buy it, learn them, and start wowing people - and convincing yourself you've got some skill after all.
other compilations there are several which any guitarist of about grade 3 to 4 would be happy to add to their repertoire.
There are especially good arrangements of Pie Jesu by Faure, Intermezzo by Mascagni and the much-adapted Air On The G String by Bach: none of them over-simplified, but easily accessible to beginners.
The downside of this book is the inevitable condensed versions - a couple of dozen bars of Canon in D, Clair de lune, and Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring for example. On balance it's a worthwhile collection of 36 pieces and the accompanying
CD is a joy to listen to as well as aiding the reader's own interpretations. Fewer short pieces and more long ones would have earned Mark Phillips 5 stars, but nobody's perfect!
It is really helping me to improve my technique and my timing.