One of my New Year resolutions this year is to rededicate myself to
practicing and learning, and especially relearning and reviewing all I have
learned in my life, on the guitar. So it was no accident that when I went
to my bookcase to grab the first stack of guitar books I wanted to attack
that my original, beat up, 1970 fourth edition copy of Frederick M.
Noad's Solo Guitar Playing ended up on the top of the stack.
Every lesson in this book builds on the previous lesson in a way that
actually helps you to internalize the concepts of classical guitar. The well
planned and carefully graded exercises build on one another, and they are
fun to play. And it is even more enjoyable if you are able to perform the
exercises as duets with a teacher. Or, if you are advanced, you can record
the accompaniments yourself and play along like that. Perhaps the newer
printings come with a play-along CD. You will have to investigate on your
I definitely recommend this book to teachers as a course of study to offer
if you have a rock or jazz student, or even a finger-style folk student,
who wants to learn a little classical guitar on the side to improve their
overall skill and dexterity.