johnyere
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#1
My teacher recommended buying Berklee's Modern Method For Guitar (Parts 1,2,3) to start working on sight reading, so i did.

Has anybody previously purchased this book, and if so, what are your thoughts on it?
Hail
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#2
personally if i wanted to work on sightreading, i'd just sightread

i can't comment on the actual quality of the book itself, but it's a really common modern thought that berklee is the mecca of all musical knowledge and that their professors fart rainbows and perfection because it's an arm and a leg to afford a semester there.

just don't expect it to be the only thing you'll ever need to read - seems obvious, but people have that tendency when teachers make a recommendation.

but at the end of the day, the goal is to learn. if it helps you fulfill your goals, there's nothing to bash about it - in fact, once you've made some headway, i'd be interested to hear your input on it.

but there are almost certainly people here who have read it iirc and can give you far less vague and far more useful insight
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Hydra150
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#3
I have it.
It is simple, containing little instruction but a lot of material. There's a lot of musical examples, getting gradually more difficult/working on different positions. You still have to put the effort in, though, buying a book won't solve your problems.
If you're working with a teacher it should be a good resource. Not the only resource you'll need, tough, you will want to get sight-reading practice from all sorts of materials.
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Where'd you get it? I'd like to get myself them how much was the set?

I bought the first volume from Amazon. Can't remember the price, but it wasnt too dear.
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
macashmack
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#6
word i just found volume's 1 and 2 for about 4 bucks each used. Still looking for the third one that cheap, all the others are like 10 bucks.
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You can get em all in one book, but that might be a bit big - would probably be spiral bound though, which I find to be better for a music stand.
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
mattrusso
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#8
If you're just looking for a book to practice reading, this isn't what I'd suggest. I never owned any of these, but from what I understand, it's meant to teach you all aspects of playing from the very beginning. If you just want to practice reading, pick up a real book or something similar (a book with a bunch of lead sheets you've never seen before) and just practice reading something random out of that for maybe 15-30 minutes a day. That improved my reading like crazy.
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#9
Matt, I agree with your suggestion of a real book or something similar, but this book does kinda the same thing - it is filled with notation for music you have never heard before, so it is good for practice for reading. It starts easy and builds up to more notes and more complicated rhythms, and it has some exercises and stuff. The book may have been intended for complete beginners first grabbing a guitar, but it still works for competent players who are new to reading - there's not a lot of instruction or guidance, it is packed with notation.

This is pretty good in that regard, too;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Reading-Guitar-Complete-Essential/dp/0793581885/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353688247&sr=8-1
A bit better, I think, as it has more/clearer explanations and guidance, and is generally more modern and user friendly in its design.
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
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macashmack
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#10
MAttrusso, did you know all the notes on the neck by heart before you did that, or did you learn it as you went along?
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Quote by Hydra150
Matt, I agree with your suggestion of a real book or something similar, but this book does kinda the same thing - it is filled with notation for music you have never heard before, so it is good for practice for reading. It starts easy and builds up to more notes and more complicated rhythms, and it has some exercises and stuff. The book may have been intended for complete beginners first grabbing a guitar, but it still works for competent players who are new to reading - there's not a lot of instruction or guidance, it is packed with notation.

This is pretty good in that regard, too;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Reading-Guitar-Complete-Essential/dp/0793581885/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353688247&sr=8-1
A bit better, I think, as it has more/clearer explanations and guidance, and is generally more modern and user friendly in its design.

Good point. TS, if you're starting from scratch, I'd go this route. If you can already read a little bit, I wouldn't bother.

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MAttrusso, did you know all the notes on the neck by heart before you did that, or did you learn it as you went along?

Yeah, definitely. That should be the first thing you learn!
Last edited by mattrusso at Nov 23, 2012,
macashmack
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#12
Yea I'm trying to get that down cold it aint easy but the farther you go the easier it gets i think.