Solo Guitar Playing, Book 1 / Edition 4

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Solo Guitar Playing can teach even the person with no previous musical training how to progress from simple single-line melodies to mastery of the guitar as a solo instrument. Fully illustrated with diagrams, photographs, and over 200 musical exercises and repertoire selections, this book offers thorough instruction in every phase of classical guitar playing.

Complete coverage of individual skills includes:

  • Basic technique
  • Reading music, mesmerizing, and ear-training
  • Mastering the fingerboard
  • Building dexterity and speed
  • Developing tone color and musical phrasing
  • Position playing
  • Interpretation

Since its first printing in 1968, Frederick Noad's Solo Guitar Playing has been used by countless students and teachers of classical guitar. The fourth edition features revised and updated exercises and an expanded selection of solo guitar repertoire gleaned from the best-selling Frederick Noad Guitar Anthology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825637117
  • Publisher: Music Sales America
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised & Update, Book & CD
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 315,978
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 13
Lesson 1 Rhythm and Counting 15
Dotted Notes 15
A Common Baroque Pattern 16
The Reverse Pattern 16
Double Dotting 17
Double-Dotted Quarter Notes 17
Double-Dotted Eighth Notes 18
Practical Exercises 18
Lesson 2 Scale Technique 23
Tone Quality 23
Right-Hand Stability 24
Rest and Free Strokes 24
Practical Exercises 24
Increasing Speed 26
Use of the Metronome 26
Varied Practice Patterns 27
Lesson 3 Sight Reading, Frets 6-8 31
Memorization Exercises 32
Four Pieces with Study Notes
Prelude 38
Allegro 40
Andantino alla Siciliana 42
Andantino 44
Lesson 4 Arpeggios 47
Historical Importance 47
Style Brise 47
Alberti Bass 48
Arpeggio Technique 48
The Tarrega Rules 49
Giuliani's Exercises for the Right Hand 50
Four Pieces with Study Notes
Variation on La Folia 68
Variation 69
Prelude in D 71
Study No. 1 74
Lesson 5 Slur Technique 77
Ascending Ligados 77
Descending Ligados 77
Exercises for Daily Practice 78
The Double Slur 80
Three Pieces with Study Notes
Variation 82
Etude 84
Minuet 85
Lesson 6 Sight Reading, Frets 9-12 87
Memorization Exercises 87
Study Notes 93
Prelude 94
Lesson 7 Style and Ornament: Classical and Romantic Periods 95
Reformed Notation 96
Grace Notes 96
Turns 97
Trills 98
Cadenzas and A Piacere Passages 98
Sforzando 99
Dolce and Sul Ponticello 99
Slides 99
Portamento 100
Tempo Rubato 100
General Style 101
Five Pieces with Study Notes
Divertimento 102
Allegro Spiritoso 104
Siciliana 107
Prelude in E 110
Mazurka in G 112
Lesson 8 Style and Ornament: the Late Renaissance 115
Tempo 116
Divisions 116
Trills and Relishes 117
Common Dance Forms 118
The Pavan and Galliard 118
The Alman 118
The Coranto 118
The Fantasia 118
Five Pieces with Study Notes
Pavan, "The Earl of Salisbury," 120
Galliard, "Heigh Ho Holiday," 121
Galliard 122
Alman, "Hit and Take It," 125
Fantasia 126
Lesson 9 Style and Ornament: the Baroque Period 129
Mordents 130
Shakes (Passing Trills) 130
Cadential Trills 130
Appoggiaturas 132
Improvised Ornaments 132
The Baroque Suite 133
The Prelude 133
The Allemand 133
The Courant 133
The Saraband 134
The Gigue 134
Optional Dances 134
Seven Pieces with Study Notes
Prelude 135
Allemand 136
Courant 138
Gavot 139
Saraband 141
Gigue 143
Fantasia 144
Lesson 10 Two Concert Masterpieces 149
Study Notes 151
Recuerdos de la Alhambra 152
Study Notes 156
Estudio Brillante de Alard 156
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