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Learn these technical skills and enjoyable songs for a great background in classical and fingerstyle.
This book, containing more than 40 pieces, is intended for guitarists with broad interests. Based mainly in the traditional "classical" guitar style exemplified by Andres Segovia, the book also explores a variety of other genres, from the syncopated Brazilian rhythms of bossa nova to American blues, ragtime, and jazz. It is intended to give the student a systematically presented technical foundation while also building an enjoyable repertoire of attractive musical selections in a variety of traditional and contemporary styles.
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Comments about Alfred The 21st Century Pro Method: Classical & Fingerstyle Guitar Traditional & Beyond Book with CD:
The arrangements in this book (all played at tempo on the accompanying CD) are spectacular, and I'd even say that getting about thirty of the forty pieces well under your belt could, alone, make your reputation as a very fine fingerstyle guitarist. I don't like the title of the book -- I think it's misleading. Why? Because many of the pieces, imho, work better on a steel string guitar. Actually, I play all of the ones I have learned so far on my Taylor 614-ce. The tune "Lightnin's Boogie," played with a strong beat, on a steel string guitar, can "wow" a crowd and get you loads of compliments -- it's just a bit tricky, and definitely worth a bit of work. More important, it's great music!Mr. Salz includes two tabbed-out classical studies in A major, one by Sor, one by Carcassi -- and these are fairly easy to learn, but will strengthen your repertoire tremendously. Play these on a steel string, too - or on nylon - they're stunning either way.I simply love this book. The tunes progress from easiest to most difficult (in Salz's opinion), but the inclusion of both conventional notation, tablature, AND the CD - these bring even the hardest tune within the grasp of any player with basic fingerpicking skills. If you're a beginner, or if you've never played fingerstyle, these tunes might not be the best place to start. I recommend Frederick Noad's "Solo Guitar Playing," which is the best classical/fingerstyle guitar method I know of for beginners OR more advanced players.This book, though, by Simon Salz, gives you 40 delicious tunes, and not a clunker in the bunch. Not just for classical guitars -- play 'em on a steel string, too -- they sound great!