Learn How To Play Guitar

The method is intended for any mature learner fifteen years old or older who has not had any prior exposure to the classical guitar. The only prerequisite that is obligatory is your desire to learn, and
the patience to understand that everything being taught in this method is important in learning how to
play the guitar. This method can be used in a class situation or for individual instruction.
I’ve tried to leave out unnecessary and time consuming exercises.

This method will move rather
quickly into short musical selections utilizing the free stroke.

The pieces in this method are either
composed by the author or original classical guitar pieces that have been edited by the author. Lesson 26
gives you several intermediate level guitar pieces from various time periods which are usually not in-
cluded in guitar methods but would have to be purchased separately. All the music in this method was
written for guitar and is not transcribed from other instruments.
Compared to other available methods more emphasis is being put on knowledge of rhythm and
music theory while giving you appropriate musical selections.

Table of Contents
Preface *
Introduction 1
Choice of Guitar 2
Main Parts of the Guitar 3
Lesson 1Tuning the Guitar 4
Basic Terms and Symbols in Music 5
Lesson 2The Notation of Rhythms 6
Lesson 3Rhythmic Exercises 8
Lesson 4Terms and Symbols in Guitar Music9
Learning Pitches on the Guitar10
Notes on the High E-String (first string)11
Lesson 5Notes on the B-String (second string)12
Dotted Rhythms12
Lesson 6Notes on the B and E-Strings13
Lesson 7Notes on the G-String (third string)14
Lesson 8Notes on the D-String (fourth string)15
Lesson 9Notes on the G and D-Strings16
Lesson 10Notes on the A-String (fifth string)17
Lesson 11Notes on the low E-String (sixth string)18
Note Drill19
Lesson 12Accidentals20
Lesson 13Rests23
Lesson 14Reading Guitar Music in 2 to 4 Parts24
Reference Sheet26
Lesson 15Two Beginning Pieces27
Lesson 16Key Signatures28
Lesson 17Self Test29
Lesson 18Scarborough Fair30
Prelude in D Major31
Lesson 19Exercises for the Development of Rhythm32
Lesson 20TwoSelected Classical Pieces34
Lesson 21Scales38
Lesson 22Slurs40
Lesson 23Basic Chords41
House of the Rising Sun42
Lesson 24Advanced Tuning Techniques43
Lesson 25Finding Notes on the Fret Board44
Lesson 26Classical Guitar Pieces45
Lesson 27Guitar Repertoire Selections52
Answers to Exercises

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