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Post subject: Re: Guitar Books
Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:49 am
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Once you master the rudiments, this is a great series featuring jazz standards notated in 'lead sheet' format.

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Post subject: Re: Guitar Books
Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:34 pm
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Does anyone know how long it takes to learn from the book?


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Post subject: Re: Guitar Books
Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:44 am
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richihendricks wrote:
Does anyone know how long it takes to learn from the book?

Well, it all depends on which book you are learning from and how much time you have to devote to it each day. I guess you could probably get through the "Book Ones" of the Mel Bay or Hal Leonard Series I mentioned in maybe 3 to 6 months if you're working on them diligently, even quicker if you already have some background.

I've been spending the last year or so reviewing Book One of "A Modern Method for Guitar," aka "The Berklee Method," and I'm still not through it. But that is a much more advanced book and my time is pretty limited, so...


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Post subject: Re: Guitar Books
Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:39 am
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Just as a baseline, I would say the first 2 years of learning weren't all pleasant. The 2 year mark was where things started really getting fun.


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Post subject: Re: Guitar Books
Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:15 pm
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ghost_of_strings wrote:
Just as a baseline, I would say the first 2 years of learning weren't all pleasant. The 2 year mark was where things started really getting fun.

Guitar is sort of a funny instrument that way. It takes a while for most people to play anything that sounds remotely musical. You have to work for months at least to build up hand strength and get a feel for the instrument. A little different from -- say, piano -- where most novices can play something fairly pleasant sounding right off the bat.


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Post subject: Re: Guitar Books
Posted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:45 am
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Indeed. A keyboard or even a real piano amounts to a matrix of "buttons" that push down the hammers. The hammer will hit the string at exactly the same angle whether Mozart pushes the button or Steve Urkel.

With fretboard instruments, if you are pushing too hard on the string, or slightly bending it in one direction or the other, things will sound 'out of tune' even if the instrument is properly tuned. It takes time to build "muscle memory" and that's why pretty much nobody just picks up a guitar and immediately plays something pleasant sounding. Even with open tunings.


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