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skipneumann
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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby skipneumann » Thu May 19, 2016 4:32 am

If you are going to go into classical guitar from another style like rock or blues guitar and do it yourself teaching, it might be good to get Pumping Nylon Second Edition with the DVD... you can learn basic left and right hand technique from Scott Tennant's videos on the subjects. There is a lot you can do on your own but ultimately a classical guitar teacher would be best--- classical guitar is so much more specific then rock or blues. Every step builds on the previous and without the foundation you may end up starting from scratch again. Best of luck

LesC
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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby LesC » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:32 am

skipneumann wrote:If you are going to go into classical guitar from another style like rock or blues guitar and do it yourself teaching, it might be good to get Pumping Nylon Second Edition with the DVD... you can learn basic left and right hand technique from Scott Tennant's videos on the subjects. There is a lot you can do on your own but ultimately a classical guitar teacher would be best--- classical guitar is so much more specific then rock or blues. Every step builds on the previous and without the foundation you may end up starting from scratch again. Best of luck


Though I took classical guitar lessons many years ago, I've mostly played blues/rock/metal ever since. Now I'm getting back to classical, so you've described my situation. I wasn't aware of "Pumping Nylon", I took a look and ordered it. Thank you!

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby Rasqeo » Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:40 am

I would actually advise against using Pumping Nylon. Whilst it is a great book, it is not for beginners. He has some exercises in there such as the left hand strength builders that could actually be detrimental to your technique if played incorrectly or with too much hand tension (I speak from experience).

I would invest in a face to face teacher who can ensure you don't pick up any bad habits that will be difficult to correct later. I haven't read the whole thread so apologies if this has already been said.

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby Matt2352a » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:34 pm

Hi, once you can read basic music Peter Nuttals 12 inventions for guitar has some really nice sounding easy to play pieces. They are all on you tube so you can hear them first. It's what my teacher started me with.
Practice makes permanent.

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby spanishguitarmusic » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:07 am

I have Charles Duncan Method Book Number 3. I really like it! I would like to get the other two volumes from Charles Duncan. I like his teaching style. Thanks for posting this post. :merci:

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby skipneumann » Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:05 am

well Rasque I also recommended teacher would be best but not everyone can afford it. In Pumping Nylon I said to work on basic left and right hand techniques watching Scott's demonstration. The videos will be self evident on techniques beyond the level of a rock guitarist. This set aside, your warning to not work on 5 fret stretches is appropriate and welcome.

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby Joe de V » Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:41 pm

Every single book mentioned here is worth having as a beginners student - I have collected many - over 15 different authors - and have helped me to understand why and how to best learn the skills of playing the CG. One of them not yet mentioned here is the excellent David Braid volume published as a First Edition by Blackbeat Book in 2001 Titled..."Play Classical Guitar" - A complete Guide For Mastering Classical Guitar. It includes an Audio CD that contains all exercises and study pieces.
In my opinion - from a student point of view - this volume contains a bit of everything found in all my other instructional volumes. You may find reviews by other users at the Amazon web site ( Where I bought it ). It is very much worth the $29.95 cost for the material that it includes.

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby Rasqeo » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:55 pm

skipneumann wrote:well Rasque I also recommended teacher would be best but not everyone can afford it. In Pumping Nylon I said to work on basic left and right hand techniques watching Scott's demonstration. The videos will be self evident on techniques beyond the level of a rock guitarist. This set aside, your warning to not work on 5 fret stretches is appropriate and welcome.


I agree with you - yes there are exercises that are appropriate for a beginner in Pumping Nylon so perhaps I should have said "use it with caution".

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby LesC » Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:36 am

Rasqeo wrote:I would actually advise against using Pumping Nylon. Whilst it is a great book, it is not for beginners. He has some exercises in there such as the left hand strength builders that could actually be detrimental to your technique if played incorrectly or with too much hand tension (I speak from experience).

I would invest in a face to face teacher who can ensure you don't pick up any bad habits that will be difficult to correct later. I haven't read the whole thread so apologies if this has already been said.


I've had the book for a few days now, and I can see what you mean. If a novice bought Pumping Iron thinking it was a step-by-step method book, it could be a disaster. After the first couple of pages of exercises, all their finger joints could be dislocated. Or at least they may be discouraged from trying to play at all.

Having said that, what a great book!

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby goldenoldie » Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:55 pm

Noad is a great teacher, indeed. I learned position playing from his books, exactly as sayar noted. Noad reminds me of how Bach taught his students... there is no record of him teaching scales and arpeggios, but what we have is a teaching method demonstrated by compositions that have stood the test of time.
With Noad's approach, you are set up to be a good sight reader in a painless way.

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby goldenoldie » Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:00 pm

Rasqeo wrote:
skipneumann wrote:well Rasque I also recommended teacher would be best but not everyone can afford it. In Pumping Nylon I said to work on basic left and right hand techniques watching Scott's demonstration. The videos will be self evident on techniques beyond the level of a rock guitarist. This set aside, your warning to not work on 5 fret stretches is appropriate and welcome.


I agree with you - yes there are exercises that are appropriate for a beginner in Pumping Nylon so perhaps I should have said "use it with caution".


Reminds me of Czerny and Hanon. Many pianists still use these to great benefit, but many others end up seeing their orthopedic specialist, too. Repetitive use of specific muscle groups always comes with a risk, and that risk must be managed wisely.

skipneumann
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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby skipneumann » Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:36 am

Jason Vieaux and Colin Davin are recommending specific exercises from Pumping Nylon for their students working in the basic curriculum section to improve their left hand position

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Re: Classical guitar books

Postby Aug308 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:04 am

I am self taught and the Schering books were recommended as a start into Classical Guitar however after 6 months I was introduced to my first Classical guitar teacher who started me on Julio Sagreras and supplemented the lessons with Giuliani"s studies, Sor Studies and even a few pieces. I have tried Fredrick Noad's Solo guitar method and Christopher Parkening's and
found that they all are good however I enjoyed Sagreras the best. It depends upon the student, music knowledge and how quickly you want to progress. I often found that teaching methods often have a problem in introducing muscle memory without boring you to death. My vote is for Sagreras


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