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Beta-test the book

What Are We Looking For?

Guitarists who meet the criteria below

Overview

For this project, we are asking interested beta testers to commit to beta testing at minimum, the first 5 units, each around 700 words with approx. 10 short solo or duet exercises.The entire method book is 20 units long. If the beta-tester desires, he/she is invited to provide feedback for as many units as he/she is capable of testing. We expect the remaining units to be ready in the summer, and aim to complete beta testing by August 1st.

The beta testers will be asked to complete the first 5 units of the method book (approximately a minimum of 15 hours). Beta testers are encouraged, but not expected, to go through the entire series. Once the beta testers have completed as many units as they would like to get through (minimum first 5 units), they can provide their feedback via an online survey (approximately 30 minutes). The units are available online and are free to the user.

We’re hoping to secure at least 20 beta testers on the book and would aim to have the process completed by August 1 latest (note: units 16-20 will be completed in July, so beta testers may only receive 2-3 weeks).

The ideal beta-tester is a guitarist who meets the following criteria:

  • desires to learn to understand standard notation and apply it to the guitar

  • knows little to nothing about standard notation and sight-reading

  • demonstrates a minimum of low-intermediate level of technical facility

  • possesses any type of six-string guitar applies (nylon-string, steel-string, electric, etc.)

  • does not need to be interested in classical guitar playing, all stylistic interests apply

  • can devote at least 15 hours of time to the method book and survey

Since this project juggles a lot of multimedia (text, instructional videos, PDFs - for musical scores- and MP3s), it might be difficult to know exactly what type of feedback to provide. Of course, the team welcomes any feedback you deem important. However, to help guide your feedback, we have created a beta testing guide that includes a general rubric and a short online survey.

The book is available online here (and will eventually be made available in other formats). More details on how to leave feedback are included in the beta testing guide linked above (or in the Resources below), and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the process or the book.

Target Completion Date

1 Aug 2018

Team

Apurva Ashok

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