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Alfred's Basic Guitar Method, Complete: The Most Popular Method for Learning How to Play, Book, DVD & Online Audio, Video & Software (Alfred's Basic Guitar Library) by Morty Manus (2015-11-01) Spiral-bound – January 1, 1760
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The book is fine but there's no way to obtain the audio tracks. I emailed the company and they said it's not included with the kindle version.
I feel like it's not a complete system without the audio feedback to let me know I'm doing it right.
Seeing as how the kindle version costs almost as much as the spiral-bound copy that includes audio I think it's a little silly.
Want to teach yourself? This Method combines physical and mental exercises with the fun of music-making as the goal:
Physically: It starts with illustrations of good guitar-playing posture, seated and standing. Also shown are correct hand and finger shapes and arm positions. The exercises are comfortably paced making learning enjoyable. You locate notes, one-at-a-time on one string-at-a-time while the hands and fingers are gradually strengthened and made flexible. Soon you will be using finger positions or "pattern shapes" on the fret board to build chords as the strings are learned. Your "mini-athlete" hand and finger muscles are gradually strengthened and flexed for stamina, agility and building "muscle memory."
Mentally: Standard music notation, dynamics (tempo, rhythm, loudness, etc.) and theory are taught in the book. These subjects are revealed and explained as you progress through the exercises. The same is true of chord-building as notes on the various strings are learned and played together. Without realizing it, music understanding and techniques are progressively learned by completing the exercises and playing the enjoyable tunes. Oh, by the way, the material is presented clearly with lots of "white space" so it's easy to overlook very important information. Be sure to really study each page and not just the exercise before moving on. Suddenly you are reading and understanding music!
A word about chords. Many people start by learning full guitar chords by rote. To a beginner they are painful and awkward finger patterns on the fretboard, without gaining a real understanding of the note relationships. Also, many guitar books separate the teaching of standard notation from teaching chords. As you can see from what has been said above, this Method presents a more gradual and integrated system. Muscles are allowed to adapt and the mind to "see" the logic in the note arrangements.
There is a payoff! Building chords from notes as they are being learned enables you to play fully accompanied tunes on the guitar. This is the full sound one hears on a piano, also a self-accompanying instrument.
Take this musical journey and have fun!
My grandaughter teacher told her to get this book .It took me week to find it .I went to every book store,the big one told me they could order it,but it never came it.
We went to Kentucky so I looked at the book store there ,thought for sure they would have it they had four floors.
Well they didn't.
Then her teacher told me Amazon had it !
THANK YOU AMAZON!
Very Wonderful book to learn the Guitar !