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Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD)

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Volumes 1, 2, and 3 in one easy-to-use spiral-bound book plus 3 CDs!

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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  • 144 pages
  • Size: 9" x 12"
  • Composer: Greg Koch
  • ISBN: 634047019
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Hal LeonardGuitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD)
 
4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to follow (7)
  • Improves technique (7)
  • Improves musicianship (5)
  • Challenging (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Learning to play (7)
  • Improving skills (6)
  • Music lessons (4)
  • Specific techniques (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simple Simon

I used the three volumes and taught myself to play in no time. I have been playing for 15 months, and my friends, some that play, gig, and have taught guitar, think...Read complete review

I used the three volumes and taught myself to play in no time. I have been playing for 15 months, and my friends, some that play, gig, and have taught guitar, think I have been formally schooled and been playing for years. Sorry music teachers, this is all anyone really needs. This and some dedication. Everything else can be found for free on the internet. Easy to follow, string by string guide and accompanying CD's to hear what it should sound like. Teaches using notes and tablature, and explains it all. Will this get you to sound like you should be on AMERICAN IDOL?, of course not, but it will give you the basics and the fundamental building blocks needed for all genres of music. I love the spiral binding, makes it easy to page back and forth, and you do not have to clip open your book. I took a point off because it should start with a lesson on fret board logic, and the CD's only cover the numbered songs. Also could use a few scale charts, but you can get these off the internet for free as well. That said, you cannot go wrong with this book. I taught my niece some songs using the first two strings in about 15 minutes, she never played before, and now has the bug. I have looked and tried several different books, and this one gets my vote.

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Not for teaching yourself

I bought this in order to learn acoustic guitar, but its so confusing and it does not explain things well enough. It does not explain anything about cleaning and care for your axe,...Read complete review

I bought this in order to learn acoustic guitar, but its so confusing and it does not explain things well enough. It does not explain anything about cleaning and care for your axe, and accessories are absent except for a mention on guitar effects. I would reccomend the Learn Guitar Today by Hal Leonard.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple Simon

By the Teleman

from Colorado Springs, Co

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Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

I used the three volumes and taught myself to play in no time. I have been playing for 15 months, and my friends, some that play, gig, and have taught guitar, think I have been formally schooled and been playing for years. Sorry music teachers, this is all anyone really needs. This and some dedication. Everything else can be found for free on the internet. Easy to follow, string by string guide and accompanying CD's to hear what it should sound like. Teaches using notes and tablature, and explains it all. Will this get you to sound like you should be on AMERICAN IDOL?, of course not, but it will give you the basics and the fundamental building blocks needed for all genres of music. I love the spiral binding, makes it easy to page back and forth, and you do not have to clip open your book. I took a point off because it should start with a lesson on fret board logic, and the CD's only cover the numbered songs. Also could use a few scale charts, but you can get these off the internet for free as well. That said, you cannot go wrong with this book. I taught my niece some songs using the first two strings in about 15 minutes, she never played before, and now has the bug. I have looked and tried several different books, and this one gets my vote.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A good beginner guitar book

By G-Dizzy

from Ona, WV

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Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

I bought this book after my guitar teacher suggested it. It is better to get a foundation with this book than to start on the rock songs first. I highly recomend this book for people that are starting to play guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It works for me

By bobemagee

from Lindenhurst, NY

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Challenging

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Learning To Play

    Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

    I kicked around playing guitar in college many years ago with only some tips from my accomplished, guitar playing college roomate. I never developed with the instrument. Many years later I knew I needed help if I was really going to learn how to play. Hal Leonard's book is certainly a challenge for me but it is paying off big-time. I'm learning so much on how to tune, play the guitar, and read music, all for the first time in my life. I found it a challenge at first, but as I discipline my mind and my fingers I am advancing far beyond what I knew in my college days. The book will help you if you match its complexity with an equal amount of determination. But once you learn the first few pages reading music and playing guitar becomes much easier and such a joy. It is a good book.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not for teaching yourself

    By I love Jewel!

    from Westlake Village, CA

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    Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

    I bought this in order to learn acoustic guitar, but its so confusing and it does not explain things well enough. It does not explain anything about cleaning and care for your axe, and accessories are absent except for a mention on guitar effects. I would reccomend the Learn Guitar Today by Hal Leonard.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THE Book for Learning Guitar

    By Wannabe_bassist08

    from Kansas

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    Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

    This book is the absolute best book for learning to PLAY guitar. If you don't know anything about guitar maintainence, purchasing advice, and music theory, you need Guitar for Dummies. But if you want to actually start playing guitar you need the best METHOD BOOK you can find. This is that book! The Hal Leonard system allows players to develop their skills however they choose by putting other genre-specific method books on the table, but it all starts with standard levels 1, 2, and 3. This complete edition has them all, CDs included. (you NEED the CDs, trust me... I recommend playing each exercise until you can play them at CD speed without error before moving on) Hal Leonard's Bass Method Complete Edition works wonders for the aspiring bassist, too!

    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Don't know why teachers use it.

    By Greg-lSdQJ

    from Pittsburgh, PA

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    Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

    When I first started learning guitar, HL Volume 1 was the book my teacher had me buy. It, too, had the CD, but the examples in the end of the book weren't really much more challenging than the stuff in the beginning. I've looked Volumes 2 and 3 (which comprise this book), and all together they don't cover the same ground that Mel Bay Volume 1 covers (and that has 7 volumes). The page about tuning is nice (but you can find that information anywhere now), and the one-page chord chart has a nice clear layout (even though I disagree with the fingerings for a couple of the chords).The Mel Bay Method for Modern Guitar is better than this toilet paper in every regard (they also have sidebars explaining assorted things like phrasing techniques, harmonics, etc.). The Berklee Modern Method for Guitar books by Will Leavitt are good too, but don't start day one of learning with them because they're hell without a teacher, and concentrate SO MUCH on reading (which is good if that's where you're deficient).

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good But Not Great!

    By Richard C.

    from Sharonville, OH

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    Comments about Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

    I'm using this book to augment another comprehensive instruction book I downloaded from the internet. For me, its main strength is that it has a wealth of songs and accompanying CDs. Since the organization of this book differs from that of the other book I'm using, it expands on the subjects I'm learning while, at the same time, acting as a review and reinforcement. The one criticism I do have--which is true of almost all the self-instruction books I've seen--is that it does little to make music theory easily understood.

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again from Musician's Friend

    By Wes

    from Oshkosh, Wi

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    Pros

    • Easy To Follow
    • Improves Technique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Improving Skills
      • Learning To Play

      Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

      I ordered this to learn a new instrument. I am already a keyboard literate person.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just what I wanted.

      By Wayne

      from Pueblo, CO

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      Pros

      • Easy To Follow
      • Improves Technique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Improving Skills
        • Learning To Play
        • Music Lessons

        Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

        I like the format.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Instructional Guide

        By Jim

        from Upper Marlboro, MD

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        Pros

        • Easy To Follow
        • Improves Musicianship
        • Improves Technique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Improving Skills
          • Learning To Play
          • Specific Techniques

          Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

          Overall, the book is very effective for the experienced or novice guitar player.

           
          5.0

          most excellent!

          By rob

          from Michigan

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          Pros

          • Challenging
          • Easy To Follow
          • Improves Musicianship
          • Improves Technique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Improving Skills
            • Learning To Play
            • Music Lessons
            • Specific Techniques

            Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

            I stopped playing for a few years and found this book series a most excellent review and refresher!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great

            By GibsonLesPaul56

            from Washington DC

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            Pros

            • Challenging
            • Easy To Follow
            • Improves Musicianship
            • Improves Technique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Improving Skills
              • Learning To Play
              • Music Lessons
              • Specific Techniques

              Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

              Great. Well worth the money. I would recommend ALL Hal Leonard Guitar Method books and CDs.

               
              5.0

              Just learning

              By Kathy

              from Bloomfield Hills, MI

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              Pros

              • A Great Teaching Book
              • Challenging
              • Clear And Concise
              • Easy To Follow
              • Improves Musicianship
              • Improves Technique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

                  With no guitar experience I was able to help my granddaughter learn the notes of the first 2 strings of her guitar, reading the music on the treble clef, and playing the simple songs in our first hour of instruction together. A great teaching book!!

                   
                  5.0

                  Good Method Book

                  By David

                  from Alexandria, VA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Follow
                  • Improves Musicianship
                  • Improves Technique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Improving Skills
                    • Learning To Play
                    • Music Lessons
                    • Specific Techniques

                    Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

                    My student loves the method book. He is picking uptechnics alot faster useing the book.

                    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Very disappointed

                    By vincent sorel

                    from Maryland

                    Comments about Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD):

                    I bought this in order to learn and improve acoustic guitar, but its so confusing and it does not explain things well enough.
                    not worth it

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