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