David Cottam/Stephen Gordon: Don't Press Too Hard! - Book 1
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Don't Press Too Hard! is a free stroke Guitar tutor which aims to provide a method of learning to play the Guitar combining maximum musical effect with minimum physical effort in an entertaining and purposeful way.
This is achieved by:
- Giving priority to right hand development so that fluency, simplicity and rhythmic control are always given prime consideration. Most of the right hand patterns are arpeggio based and lend themselves best to free strokes. Pima are used in an integrated way that does not relegate p to a supportive bass role.
- In keeping with most other tutors of stringed instruments, more sophisticated rhythms are introduced at an early stage rather than extending the note range. Stopped notes are introduced in order of accessibility, beginning with those in the resonant middle register.
- Use of the left hand stretch between the 1st and 3rd left hand fingers has been deferred in favour of an early introduction of the 4th, encouraging use of a balanced tripod between 1, 2 and 4.
- Rests and articulated bass notes are introduced at a very early stage. The indication to stop over-ringing bass notes is discontinued half-way through the book, hopefully by then the pupil will have gained the habit and aural awareness. Minimal left hand fingering avoids 'reading by numbers'.
- There is little written text, most things are best explained by the teacher.