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Music Reading for Guitar

Essential Concepts Series

By David Oakes

Essential Concepts Series. Musicians Institute Press. Note Reading and Sight Reading. Instructional book. With standard guitar notation (no tablature) and instructional text. 160 pages. Published by Musicians Institute Press (HL.695192).

Item Number: HL.695192

ISBN 9780793581887. 9x12 inches. David Oakes Essential Concepts.

Starting at the elementary level and progressing to advanced techniques, this comprehensive method is like a complete two-year guitar course in book form. It includes over 450 songs and examples, and covers: notes, rhythms, keys, positions, dynamics, syncopation, chord charts, duets, scale forms, phrasing, odd time, and much more. Designed from an MI core curriculum program.

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Mike Williams
    Walnut Creek, CA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • October 16, 2007 Recommended

    I think this is a great reading text for guitar students. Most professionals read in fifth position and that's where this book starts. Very logical. And the use of classical themes for exercises is nice.

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  • 4

    Guitar Teacher in North Raleigh, NC
    Raleigh, NC
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • August 20, 2007 Great for filling in Student's fretboard knowledge

    This is not a fretboard pattern book! Fretboard patterns are great, and are very important for developing speed, fluidity, and understanding of a guitar fretboard. But they tend to be a crutch that guitarists use to avoid learning where ALL the actual NOTES on the fretboard lie. After all, what...

    if you are improvising and you want to play a #9 note over top of that dominant 7 chord the band is playing? Do you know where the all the A-flats are in the 7th position of the neck? No? What if you are playing around that part of the neck and want an Ab? This book goes where all those pattern-oriented fretboard knowledge books won't go - into reading notes all over the neck! It takes a simple, step-by-step approach to reading in different neck regions and reading ever-increasingly-syncopated rhythms. It is a fantastic book to use once a beginner has acquired basic reading skills in the key of C (and perhaps G and D) in the home position.

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