Brazilian classical guitar virtuoso Carlos Barbosa-Lima has written:
Goodman’s excellent book, “A Beginner’s Guide to the Classical Guitar,” is very
well conceived, covering all the multiple aspects of guitar technique.
are built in a progressive way, having a wide variety of musical styles through
includes pieces by guitarist/composers such as Fernando Sor and Dionisio Aquado
as well as transcriptions by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel and Rameau. The book also contains an appropriate
introduction to flamenco technique that can be applied to classical playing.
Mr. Goodman’s method as presented here, students will attain a broad musical
reach, cultivating the multiple possibilities of the guitar with its rich
polyphonic and colorful resources.
highly recommended this method and approach not only to all beginning classical
guitar students, but also to pedagogues of the classical guitar as an excellent
teaching tool and resource.”
Baltimore, MD 2016
In A Beginner’s Guitar to the Classical Guitar, Jeffrey Goodman has authored a musical guidebook that is a complete “stand-alone” resource for the first year or two of classical guitar study.
There is also an extensive repertoire section that contains solos and duets organized by both key and level of difficulty.
The book is richly illustrated with photographs and musical examples, and includes essential tutorials on a broad range of topics crucial to the novice student of the classical guitar.
Although this is a traditional “stand alone” book, it also has
significant multimedia content and resources for the student. There are free “playable/viewable” scores,
many video performances of the repertoire, and also a CD of 77 tracks.
Here is a description of the multimedia content:
- Viewable/Playable scores: free and accessible on Score Exchange. (The student can navigate to that site,
and then dynamically view and listen to the score as it plays. The student can adjust the
tempo as he wishes as well.
You Tube videos of music from the book. There are now more than 50 video performances of the
repertoire from the book. Each
video features 3 views of the playing – an overall “concert view”, a left
hand close up, and a right hand close up.
Many of the videos have a scrolling score at the bottom of the
screen, showing each line of music as it is being played.
CD of 77 tracks from the repertoire of the book that is separately
available for purchase as downloadable MP3 files (on iTunes, Rhapsody,
etc.), or the physical CD itself.
By clicking here,
or on the book cover page, you may link directly to the Amazon.com
website information page, where you can "look inside" the book, see the
table of contents, and view a number of the interior pages of text and
music. To view/play a score from the book, click here
to navigate to our "Viewable/Playable" scores page. From there you can
just click on the highlighted score you wish to explore. The table of
contents on this page will indicate which scores are available for using
this feature. The Viewable Playable scores page also contains
instructions for downloading the free viewer called Scorch that is used to view and play the scores.
introductory pages of the book contain some additional information and
instructions for accessing and making use of all the multimedia content.
also invites users of the book to register for email notifications
about video, audio and other offerings of materials that illustrate and
expand the subject matters in the book.
The CD Baby player below contains the complete
album, available for listening, and also purchase, for those interested.
(Note that the player works well with the Chrome and Firefox browsers, but may
not work with Internet Explorer.)