Single String Studies for Guitar Volume One
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Develop four aspects of learning guitar at the same time with Single String Studies for Classical Guitar Volume One
There are four aspects of learning the classical guitar that are particularly difficult to master. These are:
- Learning the names of all the pitches found on the guitar.
- Connecting the notes found on a music staff to their location on the fretboard.
- Knowing where the notes are on the guitar by feel, not by sight.
- Learning scales without relying on patterns.
The Single String exercises help you learn all four of these difficult technique simultaneously with one exercise.
The exercises found in the book look deceptively simple but mastering them is one of the hardest things to do for any musician no matter what their ability. At the same time this book can be used by a beginner, intermediate or advanced students. It’s all about the speed at which you play the exercise that will determine the skill needed to play it correctly. A reminder that the Single String Studies for Guitar books do require you to read music BUT the notes are all found on the same string for each exercise which actually makes it easier for a beginning student to master each exercise. All exercises use one rhythm: a repeating quarter note so you can spend all your energy playing the correct notes rather than worrying about various rhythms.
These concentrated exercises pay off with great dividends.
If you are having problems with:
- Learning all the notes on the guitar.
- Connecting the notes of the music staff to their position on the guitar fretboard.
- playing notes on the guitar fretboard without looking at it.
- Learning all the notes in common scales.
Then Single String Studies is your ticket to mastering these techniques.
Midifiles let you hear the correct pitches and you can control the speed of the exercise.
Midifiles are included with download or downloadable from the muse-eek.com website to help you check your accuracy. Students can also use this exercise for ear training if they incorporate the single string exercises and the audio files from MetroDrone.
A few minutes a day with this book will make a huge difference in your ability.
This book will:
- Make negotiating the guitar fretboard second nature.
- Help you learn how to connect music staff notation to your fretboard.
- Help you learn the ledger line notes above and below the staff.
- Help you learn all the notes in common scales.
- Additional Information:
- Digital Edition IBSN: 978-1-59489-779-5
- Physical Edition IBSN: 978-1-890944-38-4
- 91 pages with downloadable midifiles to check accuracy.
- What people are saying:
- Another great exercise from the Bruce Arnold lexicon of guitar techniques! I started with this exercise when I was an advanced beginner. I read through one page a day which took me about 10 minutes. Those 10 minutes were well spent time and helped me learn the guitar fretboard in a very holistic way. If you have a few extra minutes in your practice schedule give this book a try. Don’t be frightened off by reading staff notation. All the notes are just quarter notes so there’s nothing to worry about for the rhythm. After a while you start to recognize the pitches and it becomes second nature. I recommend this if you are serious about getting to know the guitar fretboard. J. Leonid
- I considered myself to be an advanced guitarist until I tackled this book. The exercises seemed easy as far as what I understood I had to do. But then I tried to play one page totally correctly at 40 BPM. Even at this slow as a turtle pace I was making mistakes. For myself it was a stark realization that I depended too much on looking at the fretboard rather than memorizing the feel of the neck and just “knowing” where the notes are. The happy ending is that after working with these exercises, I am playing with far more confidence all over the neck. It’s really changed my playing in a fundamental way, for the better. If you want to learn the neck this is the way to go. F. Weissberg
- I wanted to learn to read on the guitar but everything I tried was too hard. Trying to combine notes and rhythms and playing on all strings was too much. Single Strings allowed me to just concentrate on the notes and just play on one string. This made reading music something I could manage and over 6 months of 10 minutes a day I now know all the notes on the staff and where they are on the guitar. Now I’m concentrating on just rhythms with Mr. Arnold’s Rhythm Primer and Rhythms Volume One. If you have the same problems with learning to read I recommend this a way to get started. I. Dunn.
- Very very humbling exercises. Does everything is says it will and certainly let’s you see what you know and what you don’t know. I found it very cool that each exercise concentrates on one scale in one key. I did this book in tandem with learning my scales in position. The combination of working up and down each string and across each string in position really helped me see the bigger picture. Highly Recommend. G. Swensen.
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