The basics Parts of the guitar Sitting position Right-hand position Left-hand position The rest stroke Strings and frets The first string 4/4 time Two-Note Hop Two-Note Jump March A Stroll Jogging Counting: Crotchets and minims Conversation 3/4 time Waltz The second string Bees and Cees I. C. A. B. Bees and Dees Solo Copycat Echo Counting rests Tunes using the first two strings Slow Train Go, tell Aunt Nancy Two into One Indigo Blues Counting: Dotted minims and semibreves Little Bird Jingle Bells Old Time Minuet The third string Yankee Doodle Au Clair de la Lune Good King Wenceslas; Dance The open bass strings The Low Down The Russian Girl (duet) Barcarolle Open bass strings plus treble notes Thumb, Finger, Finger Serenade Inca Dawn Summary of all the open strings Introducing quavers Happy Birthday London's Burning; Frere Jacques Oh Sinner Man! A March for Two Guitars Home on the Range The Tie Summer Waltz The free stroke The right-hand fingers Open-string exercises Free-stroke tunes using fingered notes Vals Triste Theme and Variation Introducing F sharp G Major Scale Scale Study (Meet) the Flintstones El Coqui (The Tree-Frog) The Key Signature Andante in G Waltz (F. Carulli) Fourth-string notes Camelot A Blues Duet 6/4 time The Natural The Ash Grove Shalom Chaverim Dreaming Introducing G sharp Invention Study in A Minor Pony Trek The Cossacks Malaguena Dotted rhythms Auld Lang Syne The First Nowell The Lutenist 6/8 time Row, row, row your boat Irish Jig Country Jig Introducing C sharp and B flat Manhattan Nights Oasis Cowboy Blues Turkish Dance Fifth-string notes Song of the Volga Boatmen The Wasp C Major Scale Silent Night Playing thumb and fingers together The Russian Girl (solo) Summer is Icumen in Pastoral Sixth-string notes Siesta More work on bass notes E minor Pentatonic Scale The Condor More playing in two parts/voices Three in One Two's Company The Coventry Carol Andante in C Another (bass) F sharp and C sharp Greensleeves Match of the Day
Debbie Cracknell studied guitar and piano at Trinity College of Music in London and graduated with licentiate diplomas in both instruments. Since then she has been teaching as a peripatetic guitar teacher for Buckinghamshire County Council. Her very successful series, Enjoy Playing Guitar, has been followed by many solo and ensemble works aimed mainly at beginners and those in the early grades.
Can OUP improve upon Debbie Cracknell's tried and tested book? The answer is yes. There is no padding here: everything is useful. New techniques are introduced logically, as are notes, rhythms, performance directions and other symbols, and printing is clear. This is one of the very best general classical guitar tutors. * Al Summers, Music Teacher, August 2011 *