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Fingerpicking Ballads: 15 Songs Arranged for Solo Guitar in Standard Notation and Tab Paperback – Apr 1 2006


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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
More Like Pop Tunes Rather Than Ballads July 15 2009
By Loveguitar - Published on Amazon.com
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Since you can't "Look Inside!" I will tell you what the songs are:

1.) "Against All Odds" (Take a Look at Me Now) - words and music by Phil Collins.
2.) "Have I Told You Lately" - words and music by Van Morrison
3.) "Alone" - words and music by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
4.) "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" - from the motion picture, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves", words and music by Robert John Lange and Michael Kamen.
5.) "Fields of Gold" - music and lyrics by Sting.
6.) "From a Distance" - words and music by Julie Gold
*7.) "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" - words and music by Peter Cetera and David Foster.
*8.) "I'll Be There For You" - words and music by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.
*9.) "Looks Like We Made It" - words and music by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings.
10.) It's All Coming Back to Me Now" - words and music by Jim Steinman
11.) "Lights" - words and music by Steve Perry and Neal Schon
12.) "Say You, Say Me" - words and music by Lionel Richie
13.) "She's Got a Way" - words and music by Billy Joel
14.) "Your Song" - words and music by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
15.) "Rainy Day and Mondays" - Lyrics by Paul Williams, music by Roger Nichols.

The tunes with the * beside them are in drop D tuning, the rest are in standard tuning. All the songs are relatively easy to play. If you are a staunch beginner they will be challenging, but a moderate player should have little trouble with them. The melody is included in a separate staff above the standard notation for guitar, which is above TAB for those who can't read music. Nice printing, dark and large enough to be easily seen and the book opens easily and will stay open on my music stand with the use of wooden clothespins.

I'm not exactly thrilled with the tunes however. I wanted "Ballads" but I took a chance on this book hoping for some much older tunes, so I'm kind of disappointed about that. And I don't like over half of the tunes anyway so there's only a few I might use. It's not a bad book, but the melodies are very simplified and in some situations with these type of books I often will change the notation a bit to give the tune more flare. But, they're o.k. the way they are. There are no exotic key signatures to deal with, most have just one sharp with no more than three, and no flatted keys, so the sight-reading isn't all that challenging. Some left-hand fingering suggestions are given in the notation but not in the TAB section. Actually, nothing extra is given in the TAB - only what fret on what string. You'll have to look at the notation to determine your timing, which is a good reason, among MANY to go ahead and learn to read standard notation. (o.k. rant over. I teach classical guitar so I'm sort of biased against TAB). No right-hand fingerings are given but for those who have studied classical guitar, this book should present no problems in either area, LH or RH.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great songbook! Sept. 21 2008
By M. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this songbook for any beginner/intermediate guitar player! The arrangements are challenging enough to help build your skills, but not so difficult that you would get discouraged. It's fun learning songs that are familiar to you. It makes you want to work harder to be able to play them proficiently.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
another good soonbook for fingerstyle beginners Aug. 20 2009
By Jose Luis Gomez Andreu - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book just to have the 'fields of gold', 'your song' and 'everything i do' arrangements. I like these songs. The arrangements are not too difficult but still challenging for a beginner. I'm not dissapointed of the purchase and I would recommend it.
Fun series for practice and learning Dec 27 2011
By Pushpin - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a beginning guitarist and a fan of the beginning-intermediate Fingerpicking series by Hal Leonard. I own several of their titles and have used them regularly for fun and practice.

The songs in this book are arranged simply but provide enough exercise for beginners, like me. I like this series because it helps break up practice routines with often redundant exercises. Even if simplistic, the songs are encourage and it's been helping me to develop independence in my right and left hands.
Easy, playable, and good for teaching Jan. 10 2010
By ScarlattiEGB - Published on Amazon.com
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I have several books in this series, and I enjoy playing them. They are simple, playable tunes--at times too thinly arranged or simplistic, but these can be viewed as opportunities to beef up the arrangements yourself. Actually, many of these books would work well for guitar teachers who want to teach their students arranging. The song selection isn't exactly what I would wish, but about half of them are decent. (For a full list, see the 3-star review by Loveguitar.) I wish that they didn't use Tablature, but its inclusion makes these books playable by those not well-versed in standard notation. A reviewer of one of the books in this fingerpicking series said the arrangements were boring, but most of them sound good if you take care to play them musically and make use of dynamics (dynamics are not marked in the scores). I would recommend this book if you like the songs included and you're looking for a fun, intermediate fingerstyle book. I would also recommend this or other books from this series to teachers looking to build their library, because they can be used on several levels: students playing vocal line only with teacher accompaniment; students playing the arrangement as written; teacher arranging the piece for easy guitar ensembles; or students using these to create a more challenging arrangement or as models for creating their own fingerpicking arrangements.


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