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Classical guitar book

kanshiketsu89

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Joined: Aug 13 2010

I've started learning music theory so I'm wondering if there's a good book to help me out. Kabuki used to mention a couple of books in his youtube channel description, but since the new skin arrived it seems the description isn't available anymore. So, if anyone has a suggestion, I'd appreciate it.

I would recommend Solo Guitar

What if bears could

Location: Florida

Joined: Jun 29 2010

I would recommend Solo Guitar Playing by Frederick M. Noad and Pumping Nylon by Scott Tennant. However, I must admit that neither of these books are strictly concerned with teaching music theory. I just can't pass up an opportunity to recommend them.

Solo Guitar Playing assumes you are a day one beginner, but I believe it does have more music theory than Pumping Nylon. The latter is more concerned in honing technique and is much more advanced in terms of playing ability.

I hope this recommendation at least helps in giving you some direction. Good luck!

I have Noad's first book, and

CBL

Joined: Mar 22 2012

I have Noad's first book, and I also highly recommend it. But not for an all-encompassing course in general music theory (it isn't sufficient by itself).

My honest advice is two things:
1) Get multiple sources for music theory, all depending on how you want to apply it. Start off with the basic beginner books (go to the library and see what they have, and get 3-4 on music theory), and demolish ALL of them thoroughly. TAKE NOTES. If you see something that sparks an idea, and you don't own the book - then write a careful, detailed note with explanations and examples.

2) Take what you've learned as a concept, and apply it. Say you've learned about the dominant sevenths resolving to the tonic triad, and you want to actually see if it actually "works", or if it's just codswallop. So you get your guitar, and you play G7 (320001) then a C (x32010). Play the transition a few times. Hmmm.... It could be just those chords sound like that, so you play A7 (x02020) and go to D (xx0232). Assuming you're anything like me, the fact that this transition sounds "resolved", like you're "done" tripped me the heck out (G7 also resolves somewhat to D, while A7 does not resolve to C at all - try it and figure out why). So where I was going, was that it's important to play what you've learned as a concept.
Secondly, it's equally important to work backwards. If you are messing around with a scale, and you find a melody you like - then transcribe it, and use your knowledge of intervals and the scale you were on to find some harmony and melody for that. The idea here is complete the feedback loop by going from guitar back to theory/paper, rather than just vice versa.

Re: Classical guitar book

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kanshiketsu89 said

I've started learning music theory so I'm wondering if there's a good book to help me out. Kabuki used to mention a couple of books in his youtube channel description, but since the new skin arrived it seems the description isn't available anymore. So, if anyone has a suggestion, I'd appreciate it.

I found a lot of lessons on YouTube in the public domain and it's very pleasing

Re: Classical guitar book

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