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I'm a returning guitar player after many, many years away from the instrument. I have received lessons from tutors in the past and though I am no lead player or 'shredder', I do not consider myself a complete beginner. I've always wanted to play classical guitar and thought that this time I would give it a proper go. Cue a search of the internet where I found many lessons from many different tutors; some were good, some less so.
And then I found the lessons from Bradford Werner; they even came with this book as a pdf download. I was hooked! I love the delivery style of the videos and to begin with, I used the pdf; then realised how much better it would be to have a bound copy of the practise pieces.
I was not disappointed - and have since purchased several other books from the same author (though my skills need to develop more to make the best use of the other books)!
This book is aimed at complete beginners and represents around one year's worth of development (up to about Lvl 1 in the UK), so it is quite basic but the approach is friendly and not overly complicated. Some reviewers have mentioned that there seems to be a lack of explanations (e.g. which fingers go on which strings) I disagree with this - the book clearly explains stages and finger positions etc. and this, coupled with the videos (which are a brilliant addition to the teaching) makes the book very useful.
The author even advises getting a personal tutor and recommends other authors' works (which is a brave step when trying to sell your own resources) - but probably essential if you wish to become an accomplished classical musician. That said, whatever your aspirations - there is no 'quick fix' to learning to play, despite what many on the internet tell you! Progression takes, patience, practice (lots of it), critical self-reflection and genuine interest in music and musical theory - this book is a great introduction to this and I think, provides a sound foundation from which to increase knowledge and skills.
Very highly recommended to beginners, returning players and even those who think they know a thing or two.
So, 64 years old and have dabbled with acoustic guitar for decades. My tuition consisted of 8 lessons covering chords and holding a pick correctly when I was 13. I never progressed much after that - stuck in a huge rut. I've been desperate to learn properly and have tried out many How To's but have come away clueless! Now, having discovered Bradford Werners method, I am completely focused on learning guitar for the first time. I love the method - how its explained and the steady focus on progression - slow and steady. I am completely engaged in learning the instrument now and beginning to read and appreciate music now. I think its just the best - cant recommend highly enough.
Really helped me start out with learning classical guitar. Nice range of recognisable songs and the videos on his website are a great help to use alongside. The exercises at the back of the book are also really useful. Already ordered the next book in the series.
This is such a great and helpful book; even better when you use all the videos and articles Bradford Werner publishes on his website. So worth the money, fun to use and tons of knowledge and passion! Hooked:-)