I got the idea for the Guitar Reading Workbook (click to buy it) from teaching Reading classes to beginning GIT students. I gave them extra diagram exercises sort of like those in my Fretboard Workbook. They said it helped them learn and made the subject more fun, so I expanded the idea into a complete reading method book.
After explaining a topic as concisely as possible, I give a written exercise that solidifies the concept in your brain. Early ones might take about 5 minutes. Later ones can take up to half an hour to complete. The exercises differ from chapter to chapter. Sometimes you just have to write the names of some notes or chords that you see on the staff. In others, you write which beat number a rhythm falls on. Later, you'll read some tab and translate it into regular notation, look at some notes and identify the chord they make, and so on. When you've finished the written part, you pick up the guitar, turn on the metronome, and play the notation.
Throughout the book I try to make everything as easy and clear as possible, so you don't have to ever learn two new things at once. But if you get this book, you should spend at least 6 months to a year with it. Go slowly! It starts out basic but takes you into some reasonably advanced territory.
This new book is available at amazon.com and can be ordered from any regular bookstore (if they don't already have it).
Per the comment below, you can look at a pdf of a couple of sample pages from Chapter Two here: http://monsterguitars.com/gtr-rdng-wkbk.pdf
Sometimes pdf's lock up a browser (though this is a small one - about 65K), so maybe you'd rather right click the link and save it before viewing.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
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