New 'Old School' Classical Guitar Method Book

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Classic Guitar Method: A comprehensive method designed to take the student from novice to recitalist by Harry George Pellegrin. Student of Albert Valdés-Blain creates new guitar method based on the teachings of Valdés-Blain, Segovia and the 19th Century masters.

Guitarist and teacher Harry George Pellegrin had become increasingly frustrated during the course of teaching guitar over the past twenty six years, having noted that no single method book contains all the information he wished his students to have readily available to them on a continuous basis.

Pellegrin considers himself a disciple of Valdés-Blain (10 April 1921—30 January 2002) with whom he began study in 1974. While this new method follows Valdés-Blain’s precepts consistently and faithfully—the 19th Century schools of Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Matteo Carcassi and Ferdinando Carulli—this method reflects his impartation to Pellegrin alone. What Pellegrin had witnessed of Valdés-Blain led him to presume that he tailored his approach to each individual, within logical constraints. No less importantly, Pellegrin had modified his personal teaching methods. In short, this method echoes the classical approach of a well-known and much-loved pedagogue and student of Segovia, but is filtered through and expanded by a respectful devotee.

What Pellegrin’s Classic Guitar Method does is expose the student to the technical disciplines required to effectively perform on the instrument and give enough basic recital repertoire that when the method is completed, the guitarist will be able to perform a recital of approximately forty-five minutes in length. Also included are many tips and explanations that should shed light on the correct process of attempting to solve problems. Teach a student a solution and he has one problem solved. Teach a student to be a problem-solver and he or she is on the road to mastering the instrument.

Included in Classic Guitar Method are sections on the correct interpretation of lute tablature in its varieties. The lute enjoys one of the largest repertoires of any instrument ancient or modern. Much of this lute music remains untranscribed for the guitar, its modern descendant. The guitarist will want to mine this wealth of material for fresh program pieces. Will be available through Amazon by May 30, 2006

Harry George Pellegrin studied at The Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, graduating in 1980. While at that institution he studied classical guitar with the noted pedagogue Albert Valdés-Blain and the brilliant recitalist Eliot Fisk.

After a number of years performing, Mr. Pellegrin founded a guitar studio which operated many years in New York City until moving to Scotia, New York where he has taught since 1994.

This method stems from the need he found to incorporate a number of schools into a single cohesive curriculum. Years of honing a logical approach to the guitar and the creation of music culminate in this volume. As a self-proclaimed Disciple of Valdés-Blain, much of that famed teacher’s focus can be found in Mr. Pellegrin’s method.

An author of popular fiction as well (Low End and Deep End, the Gary Morrissey series of mystery novels), he has also written for periodicals ranging from Soundboard: The Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America to The Horse: Backstreet Choppers.

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