The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is designed for anyone just starting to play acoustic or electric guitar. It is based on years of teaching guitar students of all ages, and reflects some of the ... Read More
The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is designed for anyone just starting to play acoustic or electric guitar. It is based on years of teaching guitar students of all ages, and reflects some of the best teaching ideas from around the world. This super-convenient Complete Edition features the new and improved method books 1, 2, and 3 spiral-bound together. CDs give blow-by-blow assistance from super-player and author Greg Koch.
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I've been playing for a while but never really bothered to learn how to read music. I took a guitar course at Cuyamaca College and volume one was the required text. I learned how to read and play in 4 months so I picked up the complete book and continued where I left off. Like everything in life, you stick with it, and it becomes easier.
I've looked at a bunch of beginner books, and this guitar book will definitely get your feet wet. After a week or two, you'll be able to play some songs on 2 strings and only 6 notes. The diagrams are large in size, and there's a wealth of information in here, not to mention play along CDs.
Do not listen to any of the reviews that say that this book is not for people who don't know how to read music. I started playing guitar 3 weeks ago and I can already play "Ode to Joy" and "Aura Lee" (etc...). This book is amazing and even includes some popular sheet music songs, such as the ones I listed above. I do have a guitar teacher, yes, but without him I could still mostly learn this on my own! I enjoy the diagrams, because they teach you where to put your fingers on the frets, how to hold your hand over the neck of the guitar, and even gives you some hints on shortcuts to tuning. I will definately hope to be able to play "Frere Jacques" in about a week or so...wish me luck and enjoy this inexpensive, easy-to-learn, helpful book!
I won't give this book a terrible review, since it is probably a good book if you had some experience in reading music and maybe someone you can ask questions to smooth out the rough edges; since I have none of those things I haven't made it past page six. I am sure these diagrams are supposed to make sense but I am just not seeing it, if feel like I am missing a few pieces to this puzzle. Given the layout of the subject matter I can understand, there seem to be gaps in the explanations that I believe were designed to be filled by a teacher of some sort. I think this is more of a teaching tool or reference than a "how to play guitars for dummies" book. In short if you have no experience in music (reading music, playing an instrument etc.), or a teacher or friend that you can turn to for help, I would look elsewhere. The description itself says it all, " The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is perfect for anyone just starting to play acoustic or electric guitar", it does not say "for anyone just starting to learn music".
This book is not easy to understand for the beginer and the cds just have someone who is experienced playing the cords quickly and no verbal teaching. I would try another book if I had the chance
I am re-learning guitar having put it down for several years. OK, it is like riding a bicycle, but I needed a refresher on how to read music. I wanted this book as a reference to do so, and it has been great. I recommend to you if you are in my situation either re-learning or are a beginner guitarist. It is as if my prior lessons in my life are all coming back to me as I work through this book.
What a great learning tool. I'm just getting back to the guitar after 25 years and bought this book to learn more than just chords. Now I'm learning the actual notes of each string and learning to read music (something I hadn't done since grade school music). It's straightforward approach to teaching is great for a beginner like myself and I'm learning so much more than I'd ever known while playing years ago. I highly recommend this book.
I've just started guitar and have found that this book is very effective at helping me learn to read the music. Tabs are all well and good but reading music gives one a better understanding of the "why" things work. I found the lessons well laid out and if you take your time it all flows along pretty well. I took a beginner group class and found this to be perfect for continuing progress.
It is easy to learn from. I am already pretty far in it, and I just started learning guitar. This book was suggested to me by some guitarists I know, and it worked for them too. If you're just starting out you should get this book.
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