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Classical Guitar Method Book Recommendation
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Irv
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September 13, 2019 - 5:02 pm
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I spent the last couple of months speculating on how good of a second hand classical guitar I could purchase for less than $100.  Naturally, I ended up purchasing about 20 examples of various manufacturers to find out.  I now have my clear favorites (not telling which ones, but they were all made in the 1970s in Japan).

Now it seems silly to have them and remain unable to play guitar.  I would appreciate learning of a good method book for beginner classical guitar.  I am not interested in anything involving the use of tabs.  

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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September 13, 2019 - 5:29 pm
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Darn, Irv! I gave my classical guitar books to my niece and cannot remember which ones they were. I will see if I can spot them on Amazon. They were very well organized and well done.

I gave my niece a nice classical, went up in value. I kept my new one because the one I gave her was more valuable and she will play it more. Classical guitar is nice. I couldn’t handle the strings. Too many strings and I can’t bar the chords. Tried for years. Had to say, “Uncle”. I might try the newer one that I kept, again, sometime just for the heck of it, but not seriously. It frustrated me because of of the fingering.

I will see if I can find the two I gave my niece and let you know. My instructor liked them when I brought them to my first lesson.

Oh, I might actually have a couple other classical guitar books in my giveaway box from the Summer. I didn’t want to give my niece more than two methods. If I do have them, I will let you know what they are. If it doesn’t cost much, I can mail them. I will check after I fell better.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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@Irv Ive always been satisfied with melbay publications.  They have a great mastering guitar series that you can select to branch off into classical.  I haven't purchased any from that path but the others are great and deal with standard notation mainly.  They come with a code that will allow you to download the audio tracks for "most" of the examples in the book.  They also have a great selection of fiddle/violin style books in case you haven't checked into that.

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September 13, 2019 - 5:51 pm
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Just checked the box I kept putting out front for free with the music books. Oddly enough the guitar books were all scooped out of the box. All that was left is a bunch of piano lesson books and song books, and individual song sheet music. 

I will see if I can find the titles of the ones I gave my niece online and let you know which ones they are.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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September 13, 2019 - 6:43 pm
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@Irv

This is the book I purchased that my instructor liked, and I did too. It is on Amazon.

Progressive Classical Guitar Method: For Beginner to Intermediate Students [Book 1] Paperback – December 31, 2016

I also bought this:

TENOR TPGS+ Professional Ergonomic Guitar Rest It is on Amazon. I noticed my instructor used it. Sure made life easier.

I thought the other classical guitar book was a Hal Linden (sp?) I went back as far as I could, 2009, in my orders through Amazon and could not find it.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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September 14, 2019 - 9:13 am
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@Irv BTW, I took the Progressive book to Staples and had it spiral bound. Something to consider with any method book you get. They are the worst when glue or staple bound because they have so many pages, and are used regularly. My niece was very thankful I had done that when I gave it to her with the banjo, guitar, cello and other books. Oh, the Progressive book version I bought came with a CD. 

After I got going pretty good with it, I bought a book that was called, I think, Easy Classical Solos, so that I could do more songs that involved what I had learned, and add a challenge with another song that seemed to have what would be covered next in the Progressive. The Progressive does have many exercises and pieces. The exercises are quite challenging and fun. I really enjoyed playing the classical guitar when I was doing it. I just reached a point where I could not do the fingering and it was very discouraging. 

I like the wider neck and nylon strings on the classical guitar. I also like the sound better than steel string guitars.

Have you thought of banjo? I loved that, too. The long neck was too much for my arm. My shoulder joint was really hurting with it. But, before I developed that issue, I was getting pretty far with it. Seemed to be much easier for me to grasp than the guitar. Maybe because it only had 5 strings. There are 4 string banjos, but I had the 5 string. I took lessons with night courses at a community college but shortly after, I had to stop.

Now, if you still have time, you could also add a viola!

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Hi @cid and others.  I do have a tenor banjo (and a tenor guitar).  There is something irrational about the guitar that gave me fits in college, so I gave it up.

I do have several viola, including a Tertis model which I am very fond of.  I will learn that but it will have to wait.

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

Experience is a difficult teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson after.

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@Irv geared more toward flat picking but probably one of the best books on fretboard geometry is this https://www.flatpick.com/produ.....p/2537.htm

Also on the same level are the 2 books from Desi Serna.  Neither are aimed at classical but they cover the fretboard layout and scales/theory behind it all.  Might be of use.  

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I think the different instruments and the way they are held and fingered make a difference as to who can comfortably play what. Envy the person who is so nimble they can play anything. I think the way a guitar is held and fingered hindered me. It is different than the violin, which is different than the cello. Of them all, I find cello easiest to finger and bow.

My son just picked up on the guitar and bass guitar. Played bass in a local band for a few years. They were pretty good. My oldest (a daughter) was able to do bass guitar, but not guitar. My youngest (another daughter) was more into piano and actually did a semester of cello for a course at college. She liked it but had no time to pursue it while taking classes in college, beyond what she needed it for towards her degree. Guess who will get my cellos and violins and violas? 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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@GregW .  I think we have a winner.  Those books sound good to me.  

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

Experience is a difficult teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson after.

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Irv said

Hi @cid and others.  I do have a tenor banjo (and a tenor guitar).  There is something irrational about the guitar that gave me fits in college, so I gave it up.

I agree...made me think of the other two that helped me some.  Then came a fiddle...all was lost

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Definitely Noad. Solo Guitar Playing, Volumes I and II.

But if you are an absolute, absolute beginner and don't mind a  few bucks speculated on a used copy of absolute beginner materials, you could do worse than Classical Guitar for Dummies (the risk being that you might exhaust what it has to offer within a week or two).

Andrew

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