Guitar Method, Volume 1 (w/CD)
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This beginner`s book of basic technique teaches notes in the first position, starting with the parts of the guitar and how to hold it, tuning, the right hand and left hand, and progressing to arpeggios, tone production, placement of finger and nail, flats, naturals, key signatures, the bar, and more. Features classical and original pieces that incorporate the musical concepts being presented. Includes many helpful photos and illustrations throughout, plus sections on the history of the guitar, selecting a classical guitar, guitar care, a complete fingerboard chart, and much more.
Christopher Parkening ranks as one of the world`s preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For more than a quarter century, his concerts and recordings have received the highest worldwide acclaim. The Washington Post has recognized "his stature as the leading guitar virtuoso of our day, combining profound musical insight with complete technical mastery of his instrument." His former teacher, the legendary Andres Segovia, proclaimed that "Christopher Parkening is a great artist - he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world."
Today, Christopher Parkening is the recognized heir to the Segovia tradition. His rare combination of dramatic virtuosity and eloquent musicianship has captivated audiences the world over, from New York to Tokyo. Parkening has received commendations honoring his dedication and artistry: an honorary Doctorate of Music from Montana State University and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Southern California "in recognition of his outstanding international achievement and in tribute to his stature throughout the world as America`s preeminent virtuoso of the classical guitar."