About Guitar QuickStart™

What is Guitar QuickStart™



Guitar QuickStart™ is an entry-level book.

It is the result of over twenty years of teaching guitar: both privately and in classes for beginners at college level. Both note-reading and chord / rhythm playing are presented. The approach is straight-ahead practicality for students anxious to play the instrument. There is nothing quite so practical, however, as establishing a thought process – or theory – which will enable one to access material beyond the basics. That is the intent of this book. Direction in "how to play" is accompanied by information and workbook material relating the guitar to music theory. Following QuickStart, students may continue with one of the many excellent methods for either classic or steel-string guitar.

The guitar is a wonderful learning experience because it is accessible through both graphics and music staff notation. Each system communicates something that the other cannot. Working together, they provide insight into skill, technique and musical logic. The string-and-fretboard grid of the guitar permits a graphic reference known as "tablature." Tablature has an important historic role in guitar music, especially prior to 1750. In the late eighteenth century, however, experiments modelled on writing for violin eventually led to the adoption of staff notation as the standard for classic guitar music. Any serious student of guitar today must learn to read music.

Guitar QuickStart™ is a unique modern text because it uses a simplified version of tablature for the express purpose of relating music staff notation to the fretboard. Tablature is having a modern day revival in many publications for guitar. Most of these books, however, use it as a substitute for learning to read. In QuickStart, tablature is not used as a crutch to avoid true music reading: Rather, it is intended to be a temporary tool for helping new music readers visualize the relationship between the fretboard and notation.

Guitar QuickStart™ is an excellent resource for classes in beginning guitar. Most of this book can be taught in a one semester course of two credit hours. Many aspiring guitarists are experiencing music study for the first time. Learning to read rhythmic notation can be especially vexing for beginners. A valuable by-product of learning music from guitar is that chord work provides the opportunity to read rhythmic notation independently. – And rhythms are associated with physical motion through strumming patterns. In addition, the association of music notation to fretboard through tablature is a very practical testing device for teachers.

Guitar QuickStart™ can be self-studied to great advantage. There is, however, no real substitute for working with a good teacher. The subtleties of technique and sound simply cannot be conveyed through any book. – Nor can the special needs and talents of an individual be adequately met.

It is the author's sincere wish that you will have fun with Guitar QuickStart™ and that it will be of genuine value in working toward your goals on the guitar.


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