The five basic fingerings are integral to the development of technical skills on the guitar. For intermediate to advanced guitarists, this book introduces them in a traditional, age old manner which aides physical memorization and mental awareness of notes. They are time tested centering on the major scale and its main, pentatonic derivative forms. The major scale is the basis for all advanced movements on the guitar and all advanced derivative scales. They develop strength, agility, sight reading, chord fingerings and implied harmony.
By the end of this study you will be able to:
Know the five basic finger patterns
Connect the basic five finger patterns up the fret board
Learn all the notes on the fingerboard
Learn the basics of sight reading
Strengthen Technique thru melodic shapes
Learn the melodic shapes integral improvisational skills
Play in all keys
Connect fingerings for two and three octave scales
Create basic triads and advanced chord sounds
Learn proper and advanced picking technique
The advantages of this kind of detailed study in the basics of guitar playing are limitless. It will provide the serious student a solid physical and mental platform from which to launch into the higher aspects of instrumental guitar music. Sight reading, licks, finding chord progressions, transcription of solos becomes much easier when placed into the context of the five fingerings. With diligent, consistent practice, technique will be clean, sparkle and have a snap to it only those at the highest level of their profession have attained.
Improve classical performance repertoire
Improve right hand left hand coordination
Improve sight reading technique
Build scale technique
Build chord technique
Build individual finger strength
Improve harmonic analysis
Improve musicianship skills
Improve pick style technique
Improve finger style technique
For the intermediate to advanced levels, Classical Music For Contemporary Players offers a basic foundation for the principles of classical guitar technique. Select compositions from technical masters of the 17th - 18th centuries focus on technical finger development, individual finger independence, interpretive nuance and compositional awareness. A supplemental section offers one of the best right hand set of finger exercises.
My first guitar masters introduced me to the classical material of bach, Kreutzer and Carcassi to help strengthen my overall guitar technique. Thru the years I have added to those pieces. To keep a nice, even and consistent flow happening in both hands, I incorporate these works along with an increased awareness and understanding of harmony to develop improvisational and compositional technique.
Classical Music For Contemporary Players is a one stop compilation put together to aid technical development. It is the first book to offer finger style markings along side pick style markings. It gives an introduction to the world of classical music and the technique it has to offer. The fingerings are logical and transcribed for contemporary guitar.
With a complete study of Volume 1, the student will:
Learn basic concepts for mastering guitar
Learn all the chords for all pop guitar music ever written
Learn proper chord fingerings
Learn basic chord theory
Learn proper chord charting and changing technique
Learn the notes on your instrument
Learn proper strumming technique
Learn proper picking technique
Learn to count in time
For the beginning to intermediate levels, Acoustic Guitar Techniques For Songwriters Volume 1 gets the open-position chords and scales into your hands. It shows the student how to work them in todays pop and folk music. Fail safe methods for quick learning and easy application brings the beauty of open-position playing to its highest level. A solid foundation for most everything on the guitar is laid with information presented from a player's perspective. Become a more knowledgeable and well informed musician.
With a complete study of Volume 2, the student will:
Learn to be a master guitar songwriter
Learn to build sophisticated chord sounds
Learn advanced chord fingering technique
Learn advanced chord theory
Learn advanced finger picking technique
Learn moveable barre chord technique
Learn moveable triads
Learn moveable scales
Learn basic blues form and various blues styles
Learn advanced rhythm accompaniment styles
For the intermediate to advanced levels, Acoustic Guitar Techniques For Songwriters Volume 2 rounds out the songwriters basic understanding of the principles of guitar technique and songwriting. More advanced scales, chords, theory and finger picking techniques are given. Fail safe methods for quick learning and easy application are continued in a way which develops a solid technical foundation and consistent practice routine. Fun approaches to generating new song ideas are also introduced.