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Sight-Reading for Guitar by Chelsea Green takes the student through a thorough study of how to read music on the guitar. It starts with the very beginnings of how to read (for the very beginning student) and slowly takes the student through a... read more
Sight-Reading for Guitar by Chelsea Green takes the student through a thorough study of how to read music on the guitar. It starts with the very beginnings of how to read (for the very beginning student) and slowly takes the student through a comprehensive study of note identification, rhythm, music theory relating to the guitar, articulations on the guitar and more. It does a nice job of breaking things down into string sets with studies on each of the 6 strings. There is also video and audio examples with each chapter as well as etudes to go with each technique studied. This makes it very easy to follow each topic. This book would be very helpful for the beginning sight-reader on the guitar. I would like to see a detailed approach as to how the right hand is used in playing and reading music on the guitar but overall this covers most all areas of the stated topic.
I find this book to be accurate by all accounts. Chelsea is very knowledgeable on this subject. Her explanations of rhythm are accurate as well as her overall knowledge of how the notes on the guitar neck are laid out.
The content in this book is up to date. It is meant for classical guitarists as all the etudes and techniques are geared toward classical playing and that is Chelsea's background. Players that want to get into reading jazz lines may want to supplement this with another reading book.
I do like how clear this book is in explaining the different topics it covers. Chelsea does a good job in her videos at the beginning of each chapter explaining what the chapter is about and going through the various concepts. She is very clear in her videos. This is very helpful for the beginning student who may have just come across many of the terms in the book for the first time.
The book is consistent in its delivery. Each chapter is laid out in the same manner with an intro video at the top explaining the concepts you are about to study, followed by visual musical examples and then a "let's play" section where there is audio accompaniment to etudes and musical score examples. I like how consistent the flow is in every chapter. You know what to expect each time.
This category doesn't necessarily apply as much to this book. This is less of a word reading book and more of a hands on doing book with a lot of videos to watch. You could however divide each chapter into digestible sections if you wanted to grab smaller pieces at a time.
The topics in this book are presented in a logical and clear fashion. The videos at the top of each chapter explain what the chapter is about and each chapter goes through each topic in a clear way starting from beginning to more advanced concepts. I also think the topics are introduced in a thoughtful way and make sense in their organization.
There are no interface problems with this book that I have discovered. All the videos and musical examples play just fine on my computer. All the musical scores open up nicely.
I did not find any grammatical errors.
The text is not culturally offensive in any way that I have seen.
I think this a good book for guitar students who have never read music on the guitar and are looking to do so in the classical genre. I like the way it is laid out with a video accompanying each chapter and midi musical examples of the etudes the student is to study. I like the way Chelsea explains each topic very clearly so the student can easily understand what she is explaining. I also like her "checklist for sight-reading" in every chapter reminding the student of such important things like "keep going (even if you make a mistake)." That is a very important and maybe number one concept for all sight-reading students to grasp. Overall a well done book.
Table of Contents
- 1. Open Strings, Basic Rhythms & the 4/4 Time Signature
- 2. More Open Strings, Rhythms & Time Signatures
- 3. Notes on the First String & Tempo
- 4. Notes on the Second String, Articulations & Voicings
- 5. Notes on the Third String & Dotted Rhythms
- 6. Notes on the Fourth String, Ornaments & the Tie
- 7. Notes on the Fifth String, More Navigation & Ornaments
- 8. Notes on the Sixth String & Dynamics
- 9. Simple vs. Compound Meter
- 10. More Notes, Accidentals & the Eighth-Note Triplet
- 11. More Notes, Color & Navigation
- 12. More Notes, Repetition & Fingerings
- 13. More Notes, Sixteenth Note Rhythms & Dotted Eighth Note Rhythms
- 14. More Notes, Expression & Tuplets
- 15. More Notes & Meter
- 16. More Notes, Key Signatures & Cut Time Meter
- 17. More Notes & Extended Techniques
- 18. More Notes, Thirty-Second Rhythms & Swing
- 19. Playing in Positions
- 20. Intervals, Chords & Strums
- 21. More Enharmonics
- 22. Refining Your Practice
About the Book
Sight-Reading for Guitar: The Keep Going Method Book and Video Series teaches guitar players from all musical backgrounds to understand, read and play modern staff notation in real time. The Keep Going Method is designed to impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for sight-reading with efficiency, fun and encouragement. The skill of sight-reading is a difficult to develop, primarily because it is traditionally taught inefficiently. Further, students encounter high levels of emotional discomfort in the beginning stages of skill acquisition. The method in this book is designed to impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for sight-reading with efficiency, clarity and encouragement. All types of guitars apply: electric, steel-string and nylon-string.
Each unit contains brief descriptions of musical symbols, play-along duet exercises and compositions, encouragement and methods for self-assessment. The series contains 20 units that start at the beginner level and progress to the intermediate/advanced level. At the completion of the series guitarists will be able to sight-read most rhythms, pitches and other notations relevant to guitar notation. The series also features 30 original duet compositions, of varying styles, created exclusively for this series!
About the Contributors
Chelsea Green is an associate professor of music at The American University in Cairo. She teaches music history, introductory ethnomusicology, music theory, music entrepreneurship and guitar performance. Drawing on her experience as a professional guitar soloist and ensemble player, Chelsea also directs the Cairo Guitar Collective (CGC) and the AUC Guitar Ensemble, both of which perform regularly throughout Egypt.