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Tres Guitar Method

By Nelson Gonzalez

Tres - Multiple Levels
Composed by Nelson Gonzalez. Saddle-stitched, Methods. Latin American. Book. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99166).

Item Number: MB.99166
ISBN 9780786673391. Latin American. 8.5 x 11 inches.

World-renowned tresero (tres player) Nelson Gonzalez explains tuning and playing of the Cuban tres guitar, offering tips for beginning to advanced players. As the instrument's name implies, the tres has three courses of double or triple strings and is used both as a lead and an accompaniment instrument. The author thoughtfully includes instructions for converting a normal 6-string guitar to a tres guitar, offering suggestions for appropriate string gauges.

This may be the first book of its kind published outside of Cuba. The method contains Latin folksongs arranged for the beginning tres player plus examples of repeated, often syncopated underlying vamps called montunos. The book also presents all principal chords and scale patterns plus notation fundamentals- all beautifully illustrated with clear photos, diagrams and explanations. Written in standard notation only.

Nelson Gonzalez is singularly qualified to write this book. Known in Latin music circles as the "Ambassador of the Cuban Tres Guitar", he has toured or recorded with a virtual Who's Who of Latin stars not to mention his own band, Son Mudano. His tres mastery is featured on dozens of recordings with such artists as Tito Puente, Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia, Paul Simon, and Marc Anthony to name only a few.

  • Chord Charts  
  • Guitar-Tres Conversion  
  • Key of A Minor 
  • Minor Keys 
  • Minor Scales 
  • Music Notation Fundamentals  
  • Playing Position  
  • Solos: "Son Mundano" CD  
  • Strings and Tuning  
  • The A and E Scales  
  • The Ab and Eb Scales  
  • The Bb Scale  
  • The C Major Scale 
  • The C String: C and D  
  • The D Scale  
  • The E String: E, F# and G  
  • The F Major Scale 
  • The G Major Scale 
  • The G String: G, A and B  
  • Thirds and Chords  
  • Tres Montunos  

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  • January 27, 2007 Not worth its salt!

    When I saw that Nelson Gonzalez had come up with a Tres book I said to myself "Gotta have it". Little did I know, although Nelson is an outstanding and sought-after player this book doesn't do justice to the Tres or its music at all. I guess the...

    author wasn't willing to share much of his knowledge. The book is very basic, and has simple etudes that are in no way idiomatic on the Tres. Things like lullabies, or little tunes that are in no way Cuban music. The only worthy thing in the book is a collection of montuno riffs, but this are a mere page long. The book also has most chords you'll need on the Tres and some scales. So for those two things I give it two stars, but I wish somebody would write a much better book 'cause this one is not it.

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