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Reading Studies for Guitar (positions one through 7 and multi position studies in all keys) Paperback – 11 Nov 1997

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: G. Schirmer (11 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634013351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634013355
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.8 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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.
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If you want to become an expert sight-reader for the guitar, this book is for you.

My guitar teacher recommended William Leavitt’s book to me. It has really been a true discovery. I am very impressed by the way it's organised. The exercises are gradual in difficulty and the harmony is pleasant, alternating melodies based on running scales, arpeggios and II-V-Is.

I have been practicing this book daily from a couple of months now and my sight-reading has already improved beyond my wildest expectations.
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This book is straightforward in it's approach, starting at the open position and going up a fret/position each new chapter. The exercises cover several keys within a position. I suspect that certain 'tricks' will reveal themselves as the keys go from several sharps to several flats. I'm too dim or lazy to figure out that they are equivalent but have a feeling the penny will drop despite myself. Leavitt makes the point that you should avoid memorising the exercises and so rely soley on reading. He also says go at a steady speed within an exercies but that can be as slow as you like. Beyond those brief instructions, this is a workbook and meant to be used so don't be put off if it looks a bit dull!

I have found this book useful as a daily 15 minute warm up and very effective in learning the fretboard. Book 2 goes further up the neck and isn't needed at the outset, the first book being self sufficient.
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This is a must have for anyone wishing to develop their reading skills on guitar. It systematically works through the positions up the neck which not only improves your ability to read but also strengthens you fingerboard knowledge
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