Mastering Guitar: Strumming, Finger Picking, And A View Of Classical Technique (A Fireside Book)
Publish Date: 1981-12-21
Author: David Alzofon
The most original guitar primer ever written, Mastering Guitar combines a basic 6-week lesson program with the fascinating story of a young man's adventures with a renowned South American guitarist. The simple day-to-day assignments given in this illustrated instructional book build a fundamental knowledge of the guitar, which then allows the beginning guitarist, or the somewhat more advanced player, to take off in any musical direction - toward pop, jazz, or classical guitar playing. Woven through each lesson and each successive step is the enchanting story (reminiscent of the tales of Carlos Casaneda) of young Alfonso Fegoni's journey to Venezuela and his discovery of Don Diego, the Guitar Wizard of South America. Through Diego's teaching, you will learn about the Three Realms of Guitar Knowledge : Strumming: you will get into syncopated Latin-sounding rhythms right away. Fingerpicking: the skills shown here will smooth your entry into folk, blues, or ragtime fingerpicking styles. And a view of classical guitar technique. By the end of the journey and the end of the course, you will have sound guitar-playing knowledge, you'll be able to learn faster when someone shows you a new trick or technique, and you will be well on your way to becoming an expressive player. David Alzofon studied guitar with Howard Roberts, Peter Madlem, and Rani Cochran (whose teachers included Segovia and Michael Lorimer). He is a professional graphic artist and illustrator and lives in California.