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hey guys. im really getting into classical music. i love it. anyway. i would really like to learn it but im not really that fluent with sheet music. i have most of the basic techniques down i just cant really sight read. would buying a book to try and teach myself classical and to read sheet music at the same time be worth it. i was looking at a $15 mel bay book that i kinda liked. i would just like some opinions and experiences before i go and buy it. thanks
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i'm not really sure what "teaching myself classical" consists of, but mel bay makes very good books. Can you provide a link to the book you're thinking about buying?
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i'm not really sure what "teaching myself classical" consists of, but mel bay makes very good books. Can you provide a link to the book you're thinking about buying?

well i meant just learning how to fingerpick a bit better and learn a few songs and whatnot. i for the life of me cant find a link to the book now. lol.

EDIT: the searchbar is apparently useful on their site too http://www.melbay.com/product.asp?ProductID=21548BCD&Title=grade+1&mediatype=&Author=&Series=&Difoverall=&Publisher=&Category=G09&SongTitle=&TypeOfSearch=criteria
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The Charles Duncan book "A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar" is quite good.

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i guess thats good a4l but look around a bit more see if you can find anything better
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i guess thats good a4l but look around a bit more see if you can find anything better

thanks...the music shop i was going to buy it from has a ton of books. at least 20 just on classical. so ill ask them and look around a bit. thanks a lot.
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I started out with the Aaron Shearer books and the conservatory of music books ... but that was back in the 80's not sure what out there today.... anyways

if you are serious about learning classical guitar you should really take some lessons.

I would say yes you will need to learn how to read notation and be verily good at site reading, as long and painful as that may seem .. but it dose get easier as you go!

Good luck to you, I find classical guitar very rewarding
#8
I'm using the Christopher Parkening Guitar Method Volume 1 and I'm enjoying it.
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#9
I started with the Shearer book back in the mid-'80's too. It was decent, but I liked the Duncan series better.

I haven't seen it, but Parkening has enough credibility that I'd support anything he published sight-unseen.

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I started out with the Aaron Shearer books and the conservatory of music books ... but that was back in the 80's not sure what out there today.... anyways

if you are serious about learning classical guitar you should really take some lessons.

I would say yes you will need to learn how to read notation and be verily good at site reading, as long and painful as that may seem .. but it dose get easier as you go!

Good luck to you, I find classical guitar very rewarding

in a few months i should be able to get a job and maybe afford lessons. i didnt expect so many replies so fast. thanks
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