Beginner Guitar Books, A Look Inside

Beginner Guitar Books, A Look Inside

We wanted to show prospective students what their first year of lessons might look like. Our guitar teachers have individual approaches, and books are only portion of what goes on. However, books are a great foundational tool where progress can be easily observed, and they provide a good way to show a range of beginner skills. We took a look at one of the most common beginner guitar books students might encounter (Mel Bay’s Modern Guitar Method 1) and made video samples of various stages. This Mel Bay book, which can be used for both teens and adults, teaches modern guitar method – a good basis for rock, blues, and jazz (classical method involves its own separate techniques).

This video features the last song in the book, “Southern Fried”(page 47). With a steady amount of practice, students might expect to complete this first book in about 6 months – so this is what you’ll be playing!

As the final piece of music, “Southern Fried” follows many songs, exercises, diagrams, and practice rituals for guitar, all of which slowly build skills to the level exhibited. The content of this beginner book includes an introduction to proper form, musical notation explanations (strokes of the pick, time signatures, the staff, and the notes themselves, etc.), basic tuning methods, beginner duets, chords in various keys, and chromatics. Stay tuned for more samples!

I teach private guitar lessons and general music classes for kids. With an emphasis on voice, guitar, piano and percussion, I often use multiple instruments to introduce beginners to basic musical concepts. I also teach a mommy-and-me style baby and toddler music class, where parents and children get to learn together through play and song. I have taught art and music to pre-school aged kids in schools and camps since graduating with a Fine Arts degree in 2008.  A self-taught musician, I perform vocals and play guitar in a local Philadelphia band. I enjoy writing my own music, and encourage children to experiment with songwriting as a learning tool. During lessons, I use play and creativity to convey fundamental musical concepts, such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. Ear training and intuition are at the core of my teaching style. Schedule a Lesson

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