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Alfred has released the newly revised version of this guitar method, featuring the same core discipline, but now with 25% more instruction. This series covers all the most popular music styles—rock, pop, jazz, country, and blues. With newly-designed pages, books are now easier to read, rendering them perfect for individual or classroom instruction.

For all those bass players, Alfred's Basic Bass Method is now available as well. Featuring clear, well-paced instruction covering popular styles like rock, blues, country, and jazz, Alfred's Basic Bass is the ideal book for beginners. Lots of photos and diagrams make learning easy, and the DVD includes iPod-compatible video that is perfect for the visual learner. Book 1 features all the necessities including how to hold your bass, tuning your bass, right-hand and left-hand technique, basics of reading music, notes on all four strings, scales, licks, and songs, how to read TAB, playing slides and accents, and photos and diagrams.

Plus, new Alfred's Basic Guitar Method 1 and Alfred's Basic Bass Method DVDs are available with the book to visually demonstrate every lesson and they even include video iPod compatible files for the student on the go.

Alfred, along with the National Guitar Workshop, has released Guitar Atlas: Italy.

The music of Italy is known for its lively rhythms and emotional melodies. This rich tradition of Italian music has been under-represented in the "world music" genre—until now. Each chapter in this book focuses on a particular region of Italy. Readers learn the history, cultural influences, and instruments of each area. While some of the songs featured were originally performed on instruments such as flute, mandolin, or bagpipes, they appear as guitar arrangements for the first time here.

The book covers both fingerstyle and pick playing, and explores special techniques such as grace notes, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and tremolo, to help guitarists pick up all the nuances of style. Tips for playing accompaniments to Italian songs are included, and some of the tunes feature a second guitar part perfect for duets! With this wealth of material, everyone from beginners to advanced players can learn to master this culturally rich music. Compositions are written in both standard music notation and TAB, and a CD demonstrating all the examples and compositions featured in the book is included.

Guitar Atlas: Italy is now available as a book and CD set for $14.95.

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