About 4 months ago I started classical guitar lessons and got thrown in at Trinity grade 6. My playing ability is fine for that but what is really holding me back is my sight reading. By using the A Modern Method For Guitar series my sight reading has definitely improved a mile however this series does so much more than teach sight reading so read on and uncover what these books have to offer. Basic Guitar Phase 1. Basic Guitar Phase 2.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Berklee Methods. Now guitarists can have all three volumes of this classic guitar method in one convenient book! Created by popular demand, this new edition of the method used as the basic text for the renowned Berklee College of Music guitar program is a complete compilation of the original Volumes 1, 2, and 3.

Innovative solos, duets and exercises progressively teach m Berklee Methods. Innovative solos, duets and exercises progressively teach melody, harmony and rhythm. Perfect for the serious guitar student and instructor alike. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.

Published December 1st by Berklee Press Publications. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Modern Method for Guitar , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about A Modern Method for Guitar. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 09, James Murrell rated it it was amazing.

This is one of the best series of method book for the guitar. You get all 3 volumes in one book with this edition. I highly recommend this book to any serious student of the guitar. May 06, Doug Sparling rated it it was amazing Shelves: guitar. If you want to play guitar, read music, and build technique, this is THE book or three books if you buy them individually. I wore out my original set of books - I've gone through the series several times Dec 01, Pjtibbetts rated it it was amazing.

The Bible. May 25, gekko rated it it was amazing. If only I could put this on my "read" shelf with the slightest amount of honesty. Have worked through about half of volume 1. May 01, Daniel Evensen rated it liked it. Many cite this book as the best way for budding guitarists to learn to leave the world of tabulation and join the rest of the musical world. As other reviewers have noted, this book is packed with musical notation and has an extremely high learning curve.

I have to admit that this book works very well as a guide to sight reading. You'll learn how to find the right note as you work through these exercises, and the more yo "A Modern Method for Guitar" takes a music-only approach to teaching guitar.

You'll learn how to find the right note as you work through these exercises, and the more you expose yourself to this material, the easier it will become. If your sole intent is to learn how to sight read, I would recommend using this book. However, this book fails in every other aspect. Chord structure is barely taught at all, and some of the fingerings are nigh unto impossible. The Chordal Etudes start out as difficult, and quickly become extremely confusing, as the authors decide to throw unusual chords and odd harmonies into the mix.

I had to run to my piano from time to time just to make sure I was hitting the right notes. The authors also seem incapable of teaching basic scales without throwing in chromatic elements to throw you for a loop. It doesn't sound bad once you get it; however, it is not easy to learn the shape of the scale when every single scale exercise throws in a few accidental notes to keep you on your toes. The Reading Studies are uninspired at best, and the melodies of the actual songs feel like they were written by machines.

There are better books out there. The learner would do much better spending money on the Fundamental Changes series to learn chord formation, basic music theory, and even standard musical notation. Once you've learned a few basic chords, you're much better off grabbing a collection of folk songs and playing around than trying to wrap your fingers around the chords in this book.

I recommend playing what you enjoy, rather than trusting that the folks at Berklee know what is best for you. I'm not certain who this book was written for.

Beginners should stay away. Intermediate players will grow frustrated by the end of the first book. Advanced players might stand a change - but, then again, an advanced player probably has better things to play than these uninspiring, flat compositions. Dec 10, Jamie Sutherland rated it it was amazing. The only book I ever recommend guitarists to use for learning to read notation, and I use it for those starting out in guitar too.

Aug 14, Anthony Pell rated it really liked it. This is the guitar teachers bible! A great book for learning to read guitar for players using a pick. While some of the material is a bit dry and dare I say dull, many of the duets are nice pieces of music. The duets are great exercises for my intermediate to advanced guitar students to see if they can can them with me at our lessons.

Mar 20, Johnny marked it as on-hold Shelves: music. I've just started working through this method book, and I wish I had bought the individual editions instead of this compendium.

This book is very clumsy and heavy, and setting it on my music stand is an accident waiting to happen. May 15, Jerry rated it really liked it. I started this book in March of and finally got through it. Good for learning how to read. The music theory portions could be presented more clearly. Vic Dillahay rated it really liked it Jun 09, John Winieski rated it it was amazing Dec 17, Fernando Grajales rated it it was amazing Apr 21, James Willaman rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Feiyu Zhu rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Charles Hall rated it it was amazing May 04, Joe Cotellese rated it really liked it Jul 27, Oliver goodwin rated it it was amazing Dec 25, Guangliang Wu rated it it was amazing Nov 25, Jason rated it it was amazing Jun 04, Scot rated it liked it Jan 04, Kelly Smith rated it it was amazing May 30, AndyS rated it it was amazing May 14, Curran rated it really liked it Aug 02, Paul Harris rated it really liked it Sep 10, Jordan Hoover rated it really liked it May 26, Nathanael L Paulson rated it liked it Dec 30,


A Modern Method For Guitar by William Leavitt Book Review

Guitar Scales Guitar Scales Develop your guitar technique and gain a firm understanding of the major, minor, Pentatonic, Dorian, Mixolydian and blues scales in this 6-week online course. Guitar Chords Guitar Chords Gain a greater feel for your instrument by learning Berklee's approach to the construction of guitar chords and chord voicings in this 6-week online course. The William Leavitt guitar method, used as the basic text for the Berklee College of Music guitar program, has stood the test of time and earned a vast and loyal following of dedicated guitar students and instructors. By popular demand, Berklee Press has created a compilation of the original volumes 1, 2, and 3.


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And I'm not saying this lightly! Theory, picking techniques, strumming techniques, scales, scale positions, improvisation, chord forms, voice leading, triads, chord melody, rhythmic styles for comping, reading and sight-reading , tune playing, arpeggios, composition and the list goes on! The three volumes in the series are arranged in such a way that the difficulty level is progressively more difficult from page to page. It is appropriate for guitarists of all levels and styles. Yes: even total beginners. The result is making progress without even noticing it! I've been using the three volumes for years in my studying and teaching; it has become true classic for me and thousands of guitarists worldwide.


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Forgot your password? I'm a geezer who's been messing around with the guitar for a year now and have learned a lot of useful chords, gotten into barre chords, and been introduced to fingerstyle. I want to continue with these practical things, but I really want to understand what's going on with the guitar and reading music and so forth. By the way, I do have a little musical background, having played trombone in the high school band about three and a half decades ago. I've seen some good things about Leavitt's Modern Method for Guitar.

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