Don King, How to Play Guitar, Book 2

Don King, How to Play Guitar, Book 2

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This book continues the exploration of music for the guitar that began in Book
One and is also suitable for any student who has just passed the beginning
stages of learning.

Using the classical ‘finger style’ approach, this book explores:

  • Modern American guitar styles such as blues, rock, ragtime and country and western

  • The rich heritage of European music from the Renaissance,Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods

  • Traditional folk tunes from England, Wales, America and Australia

  • Exciting rhythms from Spain,Latin America, Mexico, the West Indies, the Middle East, Africa and Japan.


The blend of solos, duets, trios, quartets and song accompaniment makes this
book ideal for use in class and group learning.

Private teachers with individual students will also find it valuable, because
most of the quartets and trios are arranged to work well as duets.

Areas studied systematically include:

  • All the main guitar keys, including scales and chords

  • Notes in higher positions are introduced.

Particularly enjoyable are the sections devoted to ‘special
effects’ such as:

  • Harmonics, damping, staccato, glissando, percussion effects,’bent’ notes, rasgueado, syncopation, cross rhythms,ligado and tremolo

  • The study of various scales such as modal, blues, pentatonic, chromatic, Eastern and Middle Eastern opens new doors for further explorations