Sight-Reading Series

Sight-Reading Series

Welcome to the Guitar Wisdom Sight-Reading Series, in which Tomo will guide you through Section One of a popular Berklee lesson book, "A Modern Method for Guitar, Volume 1" by William G. Leavitt, former Chair of the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music. Section One of the Leavitt book focuses on reading/playing in the Open Position.

This Series will be helpful to anyone who would like to read music and learn fundamentals of technique: picking, muting, rhythm skills, and so on. It may be particularly valuable to anyone who would like to attend Berklee College of Music, whether online or in person, and to prospective students who are preparing for their first semester at Berklee.

No sheet music is presented in these videos, so you will need to buy a copy of the book, in order to follow the lessons. The book is available at and elsewhere.

As you begin this Series, you may want to look at these other Guitar Wisdom lessons for supplemental information: Theory 01 C Major Scale and Lessons 006 and 006-1 on Triads.

SR01. Introduction to this Series. Pages 3 - 5. Exercises 1, 2, 3, 4. Muting Technique.
SR02. First Duet. Pages 6 – 7: Sea to Sea. Muting Technique. Creating a Loop.
SR03. Pages 8, 9. Exercises 5, 6, 7, 8. Down Picking. Muting.
SR04. Pages 10, 11. One, Two, Three, Four Duet. Muting, Picking and Comping Technique.
SR05. Pages 12, 13. Ledger Lines. First Position Review. Picking and Muting Technique.
SR06. Pages 14, 15. Imitation Duet. Sharps + Flats. Left-Hand/Right-Hand Muting. Accidentals.
SR07. Pages 16, 17. Here We Go Again Duet. Muting. Comping. Bass Notes + Chords.
SR08. Pages 18, 19. Eighth Notes – Counting and Picking. Alternate Picking. Palm Muting.
SR09. Pages 20, 21. Etude No. 1. Rests, Tied Notes, Dotted Notes. Alternate + Hybrid Picking.
SR10. Pages 22, 23. Etude No. 2 - Duet. First Solo. Picking. Palm Muting.
SR11. Pages 24, 25. Rhythm Accompaniment. Second Solo. Muting.
SR12. Pages 26, 27. Etude No. 3 (Duet). Picking Etudes. Muting.
SR13. Pages 28, 29. Two, Two (Duet). Time signature. Coda. Muting.
SR14. Pages 30, 31. G Major Scale, 1st Position. Rhythm Accompaniment.
SR15. Pages 32-34. Two Duets in G. Picking Etude 2. Muting Technique.
SR16. Pages 35, 36. Key of F (1st Position). Rhythm Accompaniment. Duet in F.
SR17. Pages 37, 38. Triplets (Exercise). Waltz in F (Solo). Alternate Picking.
SR18. Pages 39, 42. Key of A minor. Comping. Exercises: Dotted 8th and 16th.
SR19. Pages 40, 41. Pretty Pickin' Duet. Palm Muting. Picking Dynamics.
SR20. Page 43. Key of E minor in 1st Position (Relative to G Major).
SR21. Pages 44, 45. Take Your Pick Duet. Alternate Picking (String Skipping).
SR22. Page 46. Chromatic Scale (1st Position). Speed Studies (Picking).
SR23. Page 47. Key of D minor (Relative to F Major). Rhythm Accompaniment.
SR24. Pages 48, 49. Endurance Etude. Alternate Picking.
SR25. Page 50. Key of Bb in 1st Position. rhythm Accompaniment.

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