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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 stude...Read More

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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.

FEATURES
  • 144 pages
  • Size: 9" x 12"
  • Composer: Greg Koch
  • ISBN: 634047019
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Hal LeonardGuitar Method Complete Edition (Book/CD)
 
4.0

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to follow (6)
  • Improves technique (6)
  • Improves musicianship (5)
  • Challenging (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Learning to play (6)
  • Improving skills (5)
  • 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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5.0

Just what I wanted.

By Wayne

from Pueblo, CO

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

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.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Instructional Guide

    By Jim

    from Upper Marlboro, MD

    About Me Experienced

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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.

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      5.0

      most excellent!

      By RobK

      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!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great

        By GibsonLesPaul56

        from Washington DC

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        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.

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          5.0

          Just learning

          By Kathy

          from Bloomfield Hills, MI

          About Me Novice

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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!!

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              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.

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                (2 of 2 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.

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                  (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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                  (7 of 7 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.

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                  (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Don't know why teachers use it.

                  By Greg-lSdQJ

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  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).

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