Essential Elements for Guitar – Book 1: Comprehensive Guitar Method (GUITARE)

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(Essential Elements Guitar). Take your guitar teaching to a new level! Hal Leonard’s top-selling comprehensive method for band and strings is now also available for guitar. With the time-tested classroom teaching methods of Will Schmid and Bob Morris and popular songs in a variety of styles, Essential Elements for Guitar is sure to become a staple of guitar teachers’ instruction and get beginning guitar students off to a great start. This method has been designed to meet the National Standards for Music Education, with features such as cross-curricular activities, quizzes, multicultural songs, basic improvisation and more. Concepts covered in Book 1 include: getting started; basic music theory; guitar chords; notes on each string; ensemble playing; and much more! Songs used in Book 1 include such hits as: Dust in the Wind * Eleanor Rigby * Every Breath You Take * Hey Jude * Hound Dog * Let It Be * Ode to Joy * Rock Around the Clock * Stand By Me * Surfin’ USA * Sweet Home Chicago * This Land Is Your Land * You Really Got Me * and more!

 

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Essential Elements for Guitar – Book 1 – Comprehensive Guitar Method

Take your guitar teaching to a new level! Hal Leonard’s top-selling comprehensive method for band and strings is now also available for guitar. With the time-tested classroom teaching methods of Will Schmid and Bob Morris, popular songs in a variety of styles, and quality demonstration and backing tracks on the accompanying audio that is available for download or streaming online, Essential Elements for Guitar is sure to become a staple of guitar teachers’ instruction – and get beginning guitar students off to a great start.

This method has been designed to meet the National Standards for Music Education, with features such as cross-curricular activities, quizzes, multicultural songs, basic improvisation, and more. Concepts covered in Book 1 include: getting started; basic music theory; guitar chords; notes on each string; music history; ensemble playing; performance spotlights; and much more!

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This book is designed for use with any type of guitar—acoustic or electric. Any of these guitars can be adapted for use in a wide variety of styles of music. Take some time getting familiar with the individual parts of your guitar as shown on this page.

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Notes on the First Strings

Now let’s play some single notes. Follow the same right- and left-hand position guidelines as you did with chords. Here you will pick only one string at a time.

Downstroke: This sign tells you to strike the string or strings with a downward motion of the pick or thumb.

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Playing Chords

Try these two new chords: G and D7. Notice that the previous chords you’ve learned involve only three strings, as does the G chord introduced here. Later in the book, the full versions of these chords will be introduced. However, the D7 chord below is your first full chord, played with four strings. The full version of the G chord can be found on page 23.

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Arpeggio – A “broken” chord whose notes are played individually and in succession instead of all at the same time.

Finger Picking – A very popular style of guitar accompaniment which uses arpeggios instead of strummed chords. The distinctive sound of finger picking comes from the right-hand thumb and fingers plucking only one string each in succession.

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Your Guitar

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Notes on the First String

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Playing Chords

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Finger Picking

Essential Elements for Guitar – Book 1: Comprehensive Guitar Method (GUITARE)
Essential Elements for Guitar – Book 1: Comprehensive Guitar Method (GUITARE)
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