Saturday, January 4, 2020

Alfred's Basic Guitar Method, Bk 1: The Most Popular Method for Learning How to Play, Book & Online Audio (Alfred's Basic Guitar Library)

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Alfred's Basic Guitar Method, Bk 1: The Most Popular Method for Learning How to Play, Book & Online Audio (Alfred's Basic Guitar Library) Details

Recognized for over 50 years as the best-paced and most comprehensive guitar method available, Alfred's Basic Guitar Method has introduced over five million beginners to the joy of playing guitar. Now included are blues, country, folk, jazz, and rock styles, plus more pop songs! DVDs are available for the visual learner, and correlating theory, chord, and pop books provide everything you need from one complete method. Learning to play has never been easier or more fun than with Alfred's Basic Guitar Method---the first and best choice for today's beginning guitar students. Book 1 introduces you to the foundations of guitar playing. Learn notes, songs, techniques, and many other important topics for a lifetime of musical enjoyment.For the first time, companion audio tracks that can be downloaded or streamed online are included with the book, so you'll have everything you need in one place. The available DVD is newly updated and features video lessons, MP3 audio tracks, as well as TNT 2 software which lets you slow down tracks, isolate and loop parts, and change tempos and keys for customized practice.

Reviews

I'm honestly not too impressed with this book. I have used it to teach a few students how to play guitar. I think it takes too long to get to all 6 strings. I do appreciate that it has an emphasis on reading notes (which a lot of guitarists don't do), but I feel it dwells too long on each string. I.e., you only learn 3 notes per string. You might be on one string for 3 pages, two strings for 3-4 pages, 3 strings for 3-4 pages, etc. Once you are at the 4 and 5 string marks, there are a lot of songs being played that would just be easier to learn if you already knew full chord formations (which I went ahead and taught my students). It is so much easier for them to play songs when their hands are in the basic chord formation. They are more likely to use the proper fingers and they aren't struggling with find which string to play. I guess it's not a terrible book, but it's nothing special. I don't think I would use it again.

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