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Hal Leonard Guitar Method, - Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3 Bound Together in One Easy-to-Use Volume! Plastic Comb – May 1 2002

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Product Details

  • 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 1.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I play classical piano and have wanted to learn the Guitar for a while now. I was looking to learn the correct musical notation and actually read music on the guitar without relying on Guitar Tabs and Chord knowledge alone. I believe this guitar course is an excellent way for someone who already plays an instrument and can read music to transition to Guitar. As with anything else, though this course requires a lot of discipline and hard work but you'll be surprised as to how quickly you progress if you stay focused on the course material. The spiral bound book lays flat and the font is easy to read.
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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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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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I have had this for almost a year now and still love it. It's great for teaching a beginning not only how to play guitar, but how to read sheet music. Tabs are covered, too, but later on. The only thing I don't like, and most beginner books tend to gloss over this, is they don't explain how long it'll take to learn how to do chord changes. It takes a long time. You can fire through most early lessons quickly and then get bogged down with anything to do with chord changes. If you get frustrated, carry on with the next lesson and keep practicing chord changes - you'll get better eventually. A note for rabid atheists: there are quite a number of religious songs (probably because they are in the public domain).
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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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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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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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I've really enjoyed this book so far. It was exactly what I was looking for. Starts very basic but you can move through those sections quickly if you want! Teaches you about picking, timing, chording.... it's got it all!! Great for any beginner whether your learning on your own or with a teacher!
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