Single String Studies for Guitar Volume One

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The exercises presented here are the same that great teachers and world class music schools give to their advanced students. This is the first book to present them formally, and is a milestone of its kind. This book contains hard-core information and exercises that are plainly difficult; only dedicated musicians need apply. But if you are serious about your instrument, learning how to read on it, and learning where the notes are without looking at it, you've come to the right place. This book works in tandem with audio examples that can be downloaded from the internet, which will greatly aid in the absorption of information and the building of skill. Exercises for each string are presented in all keys. The book culminates in a final section which integrates playing on all six strings. This book is a required text at New York Universities and Princeton University Music department.

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This book's purpose it to help a student learn the notes on each string of the guitar. There are some definite right and wrong ways to approach this goal. If you are a beginner at trying to read music on the guitar you will find it most challenging. The guitar is unique in that there are so many places to play the same note. For example, the guitar is one of the few instruments that has five middle Cs. Example One shows a middle C on the treble clef. Example two shows the five places this note can be found on the guitar.

You can easily see that this can present a problem for a guitarist. Just to play one note a decision has to be made on which string to use.

To further complicate things the guitar is a transposing instrument sounding one octave below the written note. Therefore if you see a middle C written on the staff you will play the C on the 3rd fret of the A string (see example 3).

Therefore you can see that you are sounding a pitch an octave below any written note when you read guitar music. Many composers do not realize this so you will many times encounter a situation where you have to transpose your part up or down an octave. Just to recap a little, you have 5 actual middle Cs pitches on the guitar (see example one) but because the guitar is transposed down one octave you only have one middle C that you play when you read a part written for guitar.

Students find this concept to be quite confusing. Therefore here is one more example. If you are reading a part written for guitar it has been transposed. If you see a C written on the third space of the treble clef you can play this note in five places on the guitar. In reality you are sounding a middle C but your middle C pitch is written on the 3rd space of the treble clef when you are reading guitar music.

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Practicing is more productive and far more fun when you have the help of a tireless friend; in this case your computer. These books are the first of their kind, using the internet as a teaching tool. All the written exercises provided have audio counterparts which can be downloaded from the Internet. Mr Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, and these books are the result of seventeen years of experience. He has observed his student's most common musical problems, elicited their input, and the results are the Bruce Arnold Series of Music Workbooks, addressing both harmonic and rhythmic issues. These books are geared to the seriously dedicated musician, whether beginning or professional, and will provide a lifetime's worth of study and inspiration.

We are very excited about Mr. Arnold's innovative instruction series. We believe that this series of books will help more students and professional musicians to perfect their technique and reading skills through the use of an interactive "practice partner." We know of no other books to compare with them; they are truly a teaching method for the New Millennium!

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Studying the guitar by isolating practice to one string is one of the hallmarks of many of the great teachers on the east coast. First, it immediately forces a student to stop playing patterns. Second, playing on a single string forces the tempo down so that different melodic choices must be explored, and third it makes you really think of what notes you are playing. The single string study series is a excellent way to help a student hone in on the "zen" of their instrument.

It should be stressed that these books are not for the light of heart, they are intense exercises that only give results after many months of practice. Therefore if you are serious about exploring the guitar and becoming a "world class" guitarist these books are for you.

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