Guitarists are notoriously terrible sight-readers, since a lot of materials focus on reading tablature instead of standard notation. If you have guitar related questions, use the "Search" field or ask the community. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for A Modern Method for Guitar, Vol. Thanks for visiting. It kind of has been my guideline while learning how to play. Thanks for all the comments everyone - I think I'm going to keep the method and just don't bring the book to class. Press J to jump to the feed. u/curiousjdp • 2 years ago. Finally, the series challenges your mastery of the instrument with material on technique, scale positions, advanced improvisation, chord melody, tune playing, and advanced position playing. You need to learn theory for the same reason you need to learn literature. But to truly understand the deeper meaning in some of the greatest works (and even day-to-day filler novels), you need to learn "literature theory". I want to make the instrument my own in a way too I guess and make sure that I know my stuff well enough to avoid the traps. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Now jazz/fusion on the other hand, that's a great method to go. People who have bought the DVD versions, are they helpful? A Modern Method for Guitar by William Levitt builds a solid foundation for beginning guitarists, builds upon techniques and elaborates on scales, arpeggios, melody, chords, and more. Your teacher's attitude worries me. It's vague, but it makes sense to me. I don't yet if I'm going to make a career out of it. Do not show again for 21 days. Keep all your books,use them when YOU want. I'm always on the side of listening to your music / guitar teacher when it comes to these kind of forkroads ( assuming we're talking about someone you yourself accepted as an instructor, and not a mandatory situation ). Music theory is amazing, but what you need to understand that its just a tool. You can be pretty sure that any guitarist who has attended Berklee has pretty much worked through that series... twice or so, and probably still has the books on their bookshelf. So, long story, teacher thinks Modern Method for Guitar (the berklee book) is too dry, doesn't learn me any music (and only theory) and I should quit it. This is a forum where guitarists, from novice to experienced, can explore the world of guitar through a variety of media and discussion. Sales . New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. If you have guitar related questions, use the "Search" field or ask the community. tl;dr Yes, the Modern Method will teach you more theory than music, however that's why it's necessary. A Modern Method for Guitar: Problem. {{data.buttonText}} {{data.timerCta}} {{timeLeft}}! I've been playing guitar off and on since I was a kid. It really depends on what method you're teacher is planning to go with. Do you find the book interesting? Then don't stop. If you have a teacher with whom you are taking lessons, then by all means make sure you're doing what they want you to do first and foremost. I can understand why some might view it as dry. A while ago i asked what the 'must own' guitar books are, [Here] ( ) I have finally put the list together from the thread … How old are you? It really depends, what type of guitarist do you want to be? Maybe your teacher is worried the book has surpassed his ability, and is worried about losing a student? Yeah, that's why I thought I should just leave the book at home. Initially I took some guitar … My goals are to be able to play with others and become generally well versed with the instrument. What type of music do you want to play with in a band? My aim is to complete at least books 1&2 within 2 years and I was wondering approximately what level it will bring me too and what is your experience with this series of books? I never use just one method when I teach, most of them have useful stuff in them but none (that I have encountered) cover what I would consider to be a "complete" training method. You'll read better than 99% of guitarists (a guess) and if you practice with a metronome you'll keep time well. 369 votes, 108 comments. Beginning advanced? Guitar Topics. The best place to start if you're new is right below in our "Rules" section. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Top 50 Jazz Guitar Books. There is no single way to study guitar. Again, this is a strength in my view. Courses Learning Paths Private Lessons Jams Sales Live Channels ; Educators; More {{data.timerCta}} {{timeLeft}}! The compete (3 Vols in one), individual volumes and the books that comes with a DVD version . This is a forum where guitarists, from novice to experienced, can explore the world of guitar through a variety of media and discussion. As for what level it will bring you to, it will bring you to the level sufficient to play MM book 2. But I don't see why a decent teacher would attempt to dissuade you from picking up additional knowledge from other sources. Archived. If not then you might want to review. If I see something on the 'net,..an excercise or drill,I'll save the image,...I have many. Recently started back playing guitar after a very long hiatus. The best place to start if you're new is right below in our "Rules" section. The Advancing Guitarist is on number 1, as I … It is the basic text for Berklee College of Music's guitar program. I will be honest and say it's the only thing I've been busy with the past 6 months. That is a great book series, but if a student came to me and said he wanted to be a rock player, I probably wouldn't have him work through that particular series. This is where guitar education is seriously lacking, in my (and my colleagues') opinion. Searches don’t bring much up … It's a lot more like what you will see in the real world. If you can read your way through all three volumes of the method, then you'll pretty much be ready to take on any piece of music. Both approaches are important, so I would not stop using the book.