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Guitar Reading Technique- The New All-Fret Approach

By Donald B. Miller

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Guitar - Early Intermediate
Composed by Donald B. Miller. Method. 96 pages. Published by Donald Miller Music (S0.21273).

Item Number: S0.21273

Previous out of print, now available as a digital download! Read what DownBeat magazine (David Alzofon) had to say about Guitar Reading and Technique:"Playing the guitar seems fairly easy at the beginning. You struggle with the strings for a few days, get the basic chords down, learn a lick or two from a friend, and before too long- you’re making music. But when a guitarist begins to get serious, he begins to find out just how difficult the guitar really is. One of the most frustrating and baffling areas has traditionally been sight-reading, especially in the higher positions- 5th fret and above. Guitar Reading And Technique- the New All-Fret Approach, by Donald B. Miller address this specific problem in a new way.Miller reduces the 12 positions to three regions, lower (up to the 5th fret), middle (5th through 8th), and upper (7th through 10th). Second, on the theory that chords are built vertically from the bottom up, he begins locating notes on the bass strings first, rather than the treble. A third difference in Miller’s approach is his jumping to the upper region immediately after doing the lower. This seems to make comprehending the middle region- and the entire fretboard- much easier. The book includes a large amount of music for two or three players, making it ideal for class use (or solo students with recorders). The sight-reading commences at a very elementary level and proceeds toward greater complexity without ever becoming outlandishly difficult. In sum, Guitar Reading and Technique is an excellent book for the player who is ready to graduate to a more serious study of the instrument." .

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