Books by Christopher Berg

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Learning the Fingerboard
  3. Scale Exercises and Studies
  4. Repeated Notes
  5. Slurs
  6. Harmony
  7. Arpeggios
  8. Melody and Accompaniment
  9. Counterpoint
  10. Florid/Virtuoso Etudes
  11. What Next?

  • “An exceptionally well written book for the advanced study of classical guitar.” Amazon Review, 2021
  • “This book might be one of the most important contributions to guitar pedagogy since the Shearer method. I have never encountered a book that is so detailed, well organized, practical, and effective. [The author] has accomplished something that hasn’t been done before: he created a book that’s a method, an anthology, and a treatise all at the same time.” Amazon Review, 2020
  • “This book’s organisation subverts the idea of the same trajectory of development for everyone. It’s given me the resources to easily create or adjust different programs of study for different students. The introduction is one of best things I’ve read about high-level guitar study.” Amazon Review, 2020
  • “One book that has more than enough material to keep me busy for the rest of my life and give me inspiration to live longer! Money well spent for a book by a great performer and teacher.” The Classical Guitar Companion Facebook page
  • “If you’re looking for a book that is extremely comprehensive and you’re almost positive that you’ll be committing to classical guitar for the foreseeable future, Berg’s Classical Guitar Companion is an excellent choice … an amazing asset for those who are hungry to learn all they can without having to purchase another book for a while….” GuitarMeet
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Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. A Foundation of Knowledge and Skill
  4. Chunking
  5. Mental Work
  6. Slow Practice
  7. Variety in Repetition
  8. Continuity
  9. Phrase-Storming
  10. Feedback and Self-Criticism
  11. Codetta

  • “This is simply the best book on music practise I’ve ever come across. …Music conservatoires and universities should issue this book to every entering student!” Apple Books Review, 2022
  • “This is one of the best books I have read on the subject of efficient, ‘mind-engaged’ practice of music.” Amazon Review, 2021
  • “Christopher Berg has created an extraordinary book that I would consider to be indispensable for any musician needing to improve the efficiency of their practice skills.” Amazon Review, 2019
  • “This book is fantastic! It ties together all the threads of Peak Performance for musicians. …a stellar work by a distinguished professor and musician.” Amazon Review, 2019
  • “This book invites the reader to join historic virtuosi, who took the time to write about their practice, and thereby move forward with ever increasing awareness and earned knowledge. Modern brain science supports the type of practice that great musicians have written about. This important connection is central to this book..” Amazon Review, 2019
  • “This is a remarkable book in that it looks at how historic world-class performers at the virtuoso level carried out their musical practice and compares it with modern, cutting-edge research findings on the subject… This book is, at heart, not the subjective opinions of a top-level guitarist, but a research-based, factual approach on what works and why when it comes to music practice. It is a refreshing book on this count.” NylonPlucks
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