The Keep Going Method Book and Video Series teaches guitar players from all musical backgrounds to understand, read and play modern staff notation in real time. The Keep Going Method is designed to impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for sight-reading with efficiency, fun and encouragement. The skill of sight-reading is a difficult to develop, primarily because it is traditionally taught inefficiently. Further, students encounter high levels of emotional discomfort in the beginning stages of skill acquisition. The method in this book is designed to impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for sight-reading with efficiency, clarity and encouragement. All types of guitars apply: electric, steel-string and nylon-string.
Each unit contains brief descriptions of musical symbols, play-along duet exercises and compositions, encouragement and methods for self-assessment. The series contains 20 units that start at the beginner level and progress to the intermediate/advanced level. At the completion of the series guitarists will be able to sight-read most rhythms, pitches and other notations relevant to guitar notation. The series also features 30 original duet compositions, of varying styles, created exclusively for this series!
Chelsea Green is an associate professor of music at The American University in Cairo. She teaches music history, introductory ethnomusicology, music theory, music entrepreneurship and guitar performance. Drawing on her experience as a professional guitar soloist and ensemble player, Chelsea also directs the Cairo Guitar Collective (CGC) and the AUC Guitar Ensemble, both of which perform regularly throughout Egypt.
1. Open Strings, Basic Rhythms & the 4/4 Time Signature
2. More Open Strings, Rhythms & Time Signatures
3. Notes on the First String & Tempo
4. Notes on the Second String, Articulations & Voicings
5. Notes on the Third String & Dotted Rhythms
6. Notes on the Fourth String, Ornaments & the Tie
7. Notes on the Fifth String, More Navigation & Ornaments
8. Notes on the Sixth String & Dynamics
9. Simple vs. Compound Meter
10. More Notes, Accidentals & the Eighth-Note Triplet
12. More Notes, Repetition & Fingerings
13. More Notes, Sixteenth Note Rhythms & Dotted Eighth Note Rhythms
14. More Notes, Expression & Tuplets
15. More Notes & Meter
16. More Notes, Key Signatures & Cut Time Meter
17. More Notes & Extended Techniques
18. More Notes, Thirty-Second Rhythms & Swing
19. Playing in Positions
20. Intervals, Chords & Strums
21. More Enharmonics
22. Refining Your Practice