released 2001 Mel Bay Publications
SIGHT READING FOR GUITARISTS by Steve Marsh
I am a huge believer in the importance of being a good sight-reader, hence this book.
The one hundred pieces contained in this collection are in first position with no notes higher than fret four and are single-line melodies, i.e.: no more than one note at a time is played, although some pieces near the end of the book would benefit, musically, by holding some notes on and forming chords.
Apart from one or two atonal examples, all the music has been kept in guitar-friendly keys (C major, G major, D major, A minor, E minor, B minor) and as the pieces progress so do the rhythmical complexities - this first volume having particular emphasis on the study of rhythm.
Sight Reading for Guitarists is aimed at the first year student but more experienced players may also find it useful to try playing the studies in higher positions. Helpful hints are given on how to use the book including a brief section on 'counting'.
With an Introduction by Eleftheria Kotzia this is ideal for any teacher looking for new and useful sight reading material or any student who wishes to improve this most important aspect of learning a musical instrument.