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Great American Songbook for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

Great American Songbook for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

Mark Hanson
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Hal Leonard; Pap/Com edition (August 1, 2011)
(Guitar Solo). 12 classic melodies expertly arranged for the acoustic guitarist: Ain't Misbehavin' * Angel Eyes * Body and Soul * Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? * Come Sunday * Georgia on My Mind * Here's That Rainy Day * I Left My Heart in San Francisco * In the Mood * Misty * Swinging on a Star * Take the "A" Train. Grammy Award-winner Mark Hanson is a world-renowned acoustic guitarist, as well as performer, composer, recording artist, and author. The accompanying, hour-long CD includes short full-tempo performances of the arrangements, plus instruction and slow-tempo examples by Hanson himself!
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7 Reviews
  • I ordered this book on a whim (I order everything on a whim) back in February after receiving one of the author's other fingerstyle books. It came in last week and I happened to jump his arrangement of "Brother Can you Spare a Dime." I have to say I love it. While I haven't explored every song I truly enjoyed this arrangement. I went and downloaded the songs from his album on which this book is based. All of the arrangements are interesting, melodic, and complex enough to keep an intermediate guitarist interested.

    I enjoy playing solo arrangements. Many of these songs are songs that we've heard as children or in movies, They are nice songs to have in your portfolio. But you'll need to plan to spend some time with them.

    I didn't listen to the CD immediately. But I was pleasantly surprised to find the narration outlining how to play a song. The author identifies bars and phrases that require special attention and plays them. I would ideally like to have both the narration and the arrangement in print to augment the CD as I find his teaching very effective.

    Again - great book. Worth the investment. Great choice of songs. Best when paired with the album.

  • Do not be fooled by any statements that say this is a "simple" or "easy" songbook. Lots of complex chord configurations and syncopated timings. I would say the ability to read music is essential for this book even though it had tabs. I am learning it measure by measure only by using an audio capture program. Of course if you are an advanced music reader you will have no problem. I like the book but it is way more than I expected since my music reading skills are rudimentary

  • I am extremely disappointed........ The songs are not even played from start to finish!! A few measures of the song is played, then there is lengthy UNNECESSARY discussion about how to play it. For God's sake we have all the Tab Why not just play the song from start to finish........Then maybe talk about it.

    In other words there is NO audio Performance of the song, just small parts! Then the unnecessary discussion............The author must like to hear himself talk!

    I have never returned asong book like this back to Amazon or EBay........... But I will probably return this one. Too bad, it would've been fantastic if The songs we're actually performed.......... What on earth were they thinking!!

  • This book comes with an instructional CD by Mark Hanson, where he plays snippets and explains some of the more difficult points in playing these great American songs. He does a great job and even gives help on eliminating some of the notes/chords if they are too difficult, which is a great benefit, because these pieces are definitely challenging and require advanced skills from the left and right hand to play them.
    The only minor problem is that "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" is not on the CD with the complete songs (purchase separately)but he tells you that on the instructional CD; also some songs on the "Great American Songbook" CD are not transcribed and I'd like to have some of their transcriptions.
    That aside, this is a great bargain, as well over thirty minutes of swinging complex guitar is transcribed.

  • This book / CD contains some interesting arraignments of American standards. There are several clever ideas for harmony and fingering in each song so these are worth looking at a bit deeper. Hanson has written several wonderful books but most of them are targeted at the guitar player with under 3 years of experience or so. This book is for far more advanced so be warned that this is not a typical Hanson book.

  • Looks like its gonna be a great book when i work up to it. Not simple stuff like most books teach. But when you learn these you will play songs everybody loves but very few can play. Buy the contemp travis picking first. Then the solo picking.

  • I'm new to Hanson's arrangements. I'm a fan. His stuff is original, clever and suited for intermediate to advanced players. His style is similar to Bill Piburn...but has less of the really long left hand stretches that Piburn includes...so, from that standpoint it's more playable. One quirk I've noticed is that Hanson does tend to use a lot of the thumb-over-the-fingerboard maneuvers as well (as TE does). That's fine if you're comfortable with that. Otherwise you'll be working to pick up that technique - or working to get around it.

    Well worth the investment of money and time.

  • I bought this book primarily for the song "In The Mood," but love so many of the other selections. I had to look up some of the other songs since I wasn't familiar with them, but am anxious to learn most of the songs. Mark Hanson is an excellent teacher, guitarist, and arranger. If you are looking for some great classic American songs to play on guitar, you will not be disappointed.