Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 by Mel Bay. Do you want to learn to read music on the guitar? If so, this is the method for you! Written by Mel Bay himself, it’s the world’s premier method for learning modern plectrum style guitar, time-tested and proven successful in building the theoretic and technical foundation needed to play in any style.


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Written in standard notation only (no tablature) to encourage better sight reading. In Grade 1, the student guitarist will learn to play solos, duets, scales, and chords in the keys of C, A minor, G and E minor. The book begins by teaching the names of the notes in the first four frets and then presents exercises and tunes to master the reading, recognition, and playing of those notes. Students are exposed to the chord/melody concept of guitar performance. Great text for the beginning serious guitarist.