Alfred releases The Complete Beginning Guitarist

Alfred has introduced The Complete Beginning Guitarist. Making learning fun and creative, The Complete Beginning Guitarist combines note reading with creative rote and "by ear" styles of playing the guitar. You will simultaneously use melodic, strumming, and fingerpicking approaches while learning to read music, understand music theory, improvise, and perform song accompaniments.

This 112-page book includes two play-along CDs, as well as a free MP3 and interactive Guitar Guru song demos, which are available for download. Not only will this comprehensive beginner's method teach you all the technicalities to playing the guitar, but it has information woven throughout the book about the various types of guitars available, their differences and genres they are associated with, and discussions of musical genres that are common to the guitarist and the great players from those genres. The Complete Beginning Guitarist is now available in a book and two CD set for $19.95

Alfred also proudly introduces Easy Soloing for Rock Guitar. This must-have book & CD set will help any beginner step into the spotlight and rip a killer solo! Learn everything you need to get started, including basic scales, techniques, and pointers. You can either learn solos in the book as written, or use them as a guide to write your own; whatever you're searching for, Easy Soloing for Rock Guitar provides practical guidelines for musicians who know the basics of guitar and want to take their playing further. Aimed at students, beginning to advanced, the book features standard music notation and TAB, and includes a CD demonstrating all the examples in the book. Easy Soloing for Rock Guitar is now available in a book and CD set for $16.95.

Guitar Atlas Complete, Volume 1, also new from Alfred, will help you will discover the rich traditions, history, origins, and pioneering artists of exciting styles from six distinct parts of the world. This unique collection will bring the lively rhythms of Italy, the exotics modes of Japan, and the techniques of some of the world's most remarkable music right inside your home. All the music in Guitar Altas Complete, Volume 1 is arranged for the guitar, presented in standard notation and TAB, and will enlighten every guitarist — from beginners to advanced players. Now you can enjoy all the tools you need to infuse your playing with a new and unique flavor including an MP3 CD with over three hours of music that demonstrates all the examples in the book! Guitar Atlas Complete, Volume 1 is now available in a book and CD set for $29.95.

Howard Morgan: Through Chord Melody and Beyond demonstrates all the tools, techniques, and concepts to create masterful solo guitar arrangements. In this definitive work, Howard Morgen uses 11 of the most-classic jazz standards of all time as music examples and full song arrangements, which are immediately applicable for professional usage. As a special bonus, you will receive an enhanced CD featuring 19 solo guitar arrangements fully demonstrated by Howard Morgen and Howard Alden, 6 complete video performances by Howard Morgen, plus printable PDFs of worksheets and the 19 song arrangements Mdash; all accessible from your computer's CD-ROM drive.

The 11 songs used for demonstration are: 'Round Midnight; 'Li'l Darlin'; The More I See You; Stardust; Alone Together; Speak Low; It's Only a Paper Moon; My Funny Valentine; Body and Soul; My Foolish Heart; Nice Work, If You Can Get It. Howard Morgan: Through Chord Melody and Beyond is now available as a book and enhanced CD set for $34.95.

Finally, if you're serious about mastering blues and rock styles, Ultimate Beginner Series: Electric Guitar Basics is for you! The Ultimate Beginners Series has enjoyed a long reputation of helping aspiring musicians get started with a new instrument, and now, for the first time ever, the Ultimate Beginner Series: Electric Guitar Basics offers the Basics, Blues, and Rock volumes in one complete book and DVD set. This thorough multimedia method will take you from picking to soloing and to playing power chords with 4 hours of DVD instruction, 3 hours of audio tracks, and the help of on-screen graphics and printed diagrams. Ultimate Beginner Series: Electric Guitar Basics is now available in a book and DVD set for $29.95.

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