Progressive Classical Guitar
Bk & CD
Progressive Classical Guitar is a book and CD designed to take the beginning
student to a standard of playing ability and musical knowledge
where he/she will play comfortably and with confidence in the
lower positions of the classical guitar.
Within the two main sections of this book a lesson by lesson
structure has been used to give a clear and carefully graded
method of study. No prior knowledge on your behalf is assumed.
Section One deals with basic musical essentials such as the
staff, note values, common time signatures etc. and leads onto
a concise explanation of correct sitting position and the use of
the hands. These techniques are demonstrated using solo and
duet studies. The duets can be played solo (either top or bottom
part), or with a teacher or fellow student.
Section Two consists of studies and pieces grouped in the most
common guitar keys, which will give you a thorough grounding
and insight into the rich and delicate repertoire of the classical
From the beginning it is important to have a correct approach to
practice. You will benefit more from several short practices (e.g.
15-30 minutes per day) than one or two long sessions per week.
This is especially so in the early stages because of the basic
nature of the material being studied. As an approach to practice
you should divide your time between the revision of past work
as a ('warm-up'), the study of current pieces and the
introduction of new work. (See page 43.)
It is essential to develop the correct classical techniques and
thus you should progress through this book SLOWLY and
CAREFULLY. Incorrect technique will actually SLOW DOWN your
development as it is very difficult to break bad habits. It is the
author's belief that the guidance of an experienced teacher will
be an invaluable aid to your progress, particularly in the early
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