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  • Plastic Comb: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 2 edition (May 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634047019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634047015
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 27 2003
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The 3 book/3 CD compilation of the HL Guitar Method is where I began and what I use to teach students how to master the guitar and to become... musicians. The book methodically relys on learning to read actual music (later in the book the tab method is introduced) and slowly, patiently develops the student's fingers, ears, and appreciation of harmony and melody. Theory is introduced ever so subtley and enjoyably.
The CD tracks are excellent and make quality self-study feasible. Many of the songs or exercises are presented in slow and up tempo versions.
This is a treasure chest for the teacher and student or the student who is teaching himself. The supplemental HL "pop melody" books enhance the entire method, but this compilation volume is itself complete.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SJ on Feb. 16 2009
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I bought this book because I'd picked up the guitar and was taught a few chords by friends, but found I needed more of a direction in which to learn. Everyone learns differently, some people just have an ear for it, but sadly I'm not one of those! Then someone suggested this book. It teaches you the "proper" way to learn. You learn scales (and chords) which tells you when and what to play which was perfect for me. It slowly builds upon earlier lessons and eases you into playing. You can use the book with an electric or acoustic. I'd recommend this to everyone like me out there that needed a direction in learning to play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 3 2003
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The 3 book/3 CD compilation of the HL Guitar Method is where I began and what I use to teach students how to master the guitar and to become... musicians. The book methodically relys on learning to read actual music (later in the book the tab method is introduced) and slowly, patiently develops the student's fingers, ears, and appreciation of harmony and melody. Theory is introduced ever so subtley and enjoyably.
The CD tracks are excellent and make quality self-study feasible. Many of the songs or exercises are presented in slow and up tempo versions.
This is a treasure chest for the teacher and student or the student who is teaching himself. The supplemental HL "pop melody" books enhance the entire method, but this compilation volume is itself complete.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 17 2003
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This is a great system for learning the guitar. The instructions and photos are clear and this gets you reading music and playing tunes quickly. (Includes TAB in the second book) - since all three volumes of this serires are bound in one terrific spiral binding - this is an excellent value. I am a pianist and like this system because it gets into reading notes immediately. I tried another system that did not explain what notes were where on the guitar and found it frustrating since I knew where they were on the piano, I wanted to know where they were on the guitar - not just where to place my fingers. This is a great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anycolorilike on Dec 30 2010
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I am teaching myself quite slowly as that is unfortunately my pace and I had tried three guitar methods before this one:

Progressive Guitar (Bk/CD/DVD)
I used this for a while and learned something from it but eventually lost interest.
Modern Guitar Method Grade 1, Expanded Edition, Book/2-CD Set
I could not get into this one. It did not inspire me. I did not have the version with the CD so that might have helped.
From Liverpool to Abbey Road: A Guitar Method Featuring 33 Songs of Lennon & McCartney, Book & CD
I still use this one as a supplement. It is a lot of fun and very accessible to beginners as well but not quite as smooth a progression as the Hal Leonard series so not perfect as the only method book.

The Progressive Guitar series was going fine but it did not introduce chords early enough. The Mel Bay series does but I didn't enjoy it. However the Hal Leonard series is great for my learning style. It is a very gentle progression and introduces chords early on. The exercises are fun enough but not as fun as "From Liverpool to Abbey Road". Most importantly they are very well sequenced and paced to improve a beginners technique.

As one reviewer has said a drawback of this volume is that some of the exercises are not on the CD including most of the rhythm exercises. This forces you to get out a metronome sometimes but that is good practice too. Also, if you purchase some of the supplements you will get around these issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NatalieJChampagne on Jan. 4 2014
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Not into this book at all. I already know how to play guitar well enough to skip a bunch but even then this book glosses it over and the explanation of musical notation is not great.

Beware: The "CD'S" it comes with are AUDIO not VISUAL. In fact, they are just repetitions of the same chord etc.

Try something else.
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By Ting Liu on Jan. 30 2007
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This book is one of the best guitar beginner books. It helps in the following areas:

1) Builds music reading ability.

2) Teach you in a string-by-string approach.

3) Music is wonderful especially played along with the CD.

4) Coil binding makes it very easy to read.

However, it does have some drawbacks:

1) Not all sounds are played on the CD, especially for strumming.

2) Introduce chords too earily in the book, which makes them hard to play for beginners.

3) Guitar sound track is not sepearated from other music instruments, and makes it difficult to listen to the guitar and learn the details.

Compare with Alfred's guitar method, I found Alfred's book is better than this book in that Alfred's book has all the benefits that this book provides except it is not coil-binding.
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