A Modern Method for Guitar - Volumes 1, 2, 3 Complete
(Berklee Methods). Now guitarists can have all three volumes of this classic guitar method in one convenient book! Created by popular demand, this new edition of the method used as the basic text for the renowned Berklee College of Music guitar program is a complete compilation of the original Volumes 1, 2, and 3. Innovative solos, duets and exercises progressively teach melody, harmony and rhythm. Perfect for the serious guitar student and instructor alike.
The guitar book that will teach you more than you ever wanted to know.
By The Capitol - August 20, 2005
I've worked at a music store in the past and browsed many guitar books, but I've never seen one this good. Most of the books are too "friendly" and pretty similiar to one another...they may even come with CDs. If you're not very interested in learning to sight read, or just want to play around with the guitar, I suggest you check out another book.
This book is pretty "hardcore." If you're looking for a book for your child, I would highly recommend this book be used in conjunction with a teacher or someone else who can offer assistance. You may be inclinded to purchase a book that includes an audio recording, but how will you ever learn to sightread music if you have heard the songs before? (All of the songs in this book are original.)
If you are really dedicated to learn guitar this book will take you VERY far. There is very little instruction in this book however, so I'd recommend you have a little bit of music knowledge. Another reviewer claimed you needed to... read more
By thescalpel - July 27, 2006
If you want to get proficient, work your way through these books and you will be. Quality stuff. Not the most exciting material, but mastering an instrument tends to involve at least some tedious moments. Plus, as people have mentioned, the fact that the tunes are unfamiliar (and not particularly memorable) will really boost your reading skills.
Do yourself a favor though, and practice this with a metronome. I finished the first book before i realized i still had no rhythm, and had to go back and relearn the whole thing with a metronome to play on this level with other people. However, there's a good chance you naturally have better rhythm than me. Especially if you:
a)have a pulse
b) are breathing.
An absolute MUST for any serious musician on guitar
By Frank M. Crowther "FrancoSuave" - March 21, 2007
First, let me say that this method IS NOT all about sight reading. This is an approach that does not cater to illiteracy(unlike most methods that are written in TAB so illiterate guitarists can buy it and stay in their comfort zone), so I can understand how those who don't read may feel like it is a sight reading program.
That being said I'll tell you what it is: Bill Leavitt has devised a logical, progressive way of presenting all of the techniques a guitarist needs to get well on their way to reaching their potential. If you don't read standard notation(little black dots) then you will fluently by the time you get through this program. However, this method just as thoroughly addresses every other technique you can think of. It is truly a complete method.
My greatest regret about my progress as a musician is that I wasted so much time and energy getting sucked into the notion that if Jimi Hendrix was illiterate, then that's the way I want to be. Make the... read more