Melody Guitar

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Foreword i

Introduction iii


CHAPTER ONE

a brief history of the guitar 1 types of guitars 3 selecting a guitar 5 caring for the guitar 7 parts of the guitar 9

CHAPTER TWO

how an acoustic guitar makes music 13 the pitch of a vibrating string 13 fretted notes 14 forming fretted notes 14 staff notation 15 guitar TAB notation 16 string and fret notation 16 the fretboard diagram 17 chord diagrams 18 Exercise 1 20

CHAPTER THREE

tuning the guitar 22 holding the guitar 24 the left hand position 25 the fingernails of the left hand 27 the right hand position 28 sounding notes in fingerstyle 29 the fingernails of the right hand 30 sounding notes with a flatpick 31 hybrid picking 32

CHAPTER FOUR

meter 34 foot-tapping 34 the use of the metronome as a practice tool 35 three simple meters 36 the notation of meter in visualinear tablature 37 rhythm 38 the notation of rhythm in visualinear tablature 38 metric rhythm 39 Exercise 2 39 Exercise 3 (Row, Row, Row Your Boat) 41 fingerings for fretted notes 42 choosing the style of play 43 the pick-up 43 Exercise 4 (Bingo) 44

CHAPTER FIVE

the metric beat and the flow of rhythm 45 accents 46 halving the beat 46 practicing rhythmic patterns 47 Exercise 5 (America) 48 recognizing rhythmic patterns 49 creating rhythmic patterns 50 analyzing melodic scores 50 slowing the tempo 51 syncopation 51 Exercise 6 (Ode To Joy) 53

CHAPTER SIX

playing melodic lines musically 54 touch 55 vibrato 56 the duration of notes in melodic playing 57 damping 57 staccato 58 legato and portato 58 Exercise 7 (Old MacDonald) 59 sustain lines 60 rubato 61 Exercise 8 (America, the Beautiful) 62

CHAPTER SEVEN

developing good practice habits 63 quartering the beat 64 adapting the tablature to the rhythmic complexity of the music 65 ternary division of the beat 66 rhythmic flow in compound meter 67 Exercise 9 (The Eensy Weensy Spider) 68 6/8 time 68 Exercise 10 (Take Me Out To The Ballgame) 69

CHAPTER EIGHT

reading music 70 Gregorian chant 72 Exercise 11 (8 simple melodies) 73 counterpoint and polyphony 77 melody and harmony 77 the round 78 Exercise 12 (Row, Row, Row Your Boat) round 79 repeat signs 80 Exercise 13 (Three Blind Mice) round 81 Exercise 11b (Hey-Ho) round 82

CHAPTER NINE

parts music 83 Exercise 14 (Four Duets) 84 making sense of guitar ensemble scores 88 naming the parts 89 playing parts musically 89 analyzing guitar ensemble music 90 Exercise 15 (Bingo) 91 analysis of Exercise 15 93 Exercise 16 (Take Me Out To The Ballgame) 95 analysis of Exercise 16 98

CHAPTER TEN

why melody guitar? 101 ordering formats for guitar ensemble music 102 making the most of ensemble scores 103 part scores 103 score directions 104 dynamics 105 tempo 106 the fermata 107 the director’s role in ensemble performance 108 playing in an ensemble with a director 109 playing in an ensemble without a director 110 afterword 111

THE REPERTOIRE

Introduction to the Repertoire 112 Duet from Opus #11 in E (D. L. Stieg) 114 Minuet in a minor (J. S. Bach) 118 Duet from Opus #35 in a minor (D. L. Stieg) 121 Humming Song (Schumann) 124 Opus #33 in d minor (D. L. Stieg) 130 Opus #13 in D Major (D. L. Stieg) 134 Minuet in D (Beethoven) 138 The House Of The Rising Sun (Round by D. L. Stieg) 144 Are You Sleeping? (Double Round by D. L. Stieg) 149 Opus #25 in e minor (D. L. Stieg) 154 The Hokey Pokey 160 Chorale #208 in e minor (J. S. Bach) 166 Old MacDonald 172 Round in d minor (D. L. Stieg) 178 Shenandoah 182 Cindy 190

Appendix 195

Index and Pronunciation Guide 211