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What’s your “go to” guitar method?
For private lessons? For group/class lessons?
For Elementary, Middle, and/or High School?
What’s your “hidden gem”?
I have a high school program and use the Mel Bay Mastering the Guitar 1A book to get my classroom students reading. For concert pieces, I wrote a book of Beginning Ensembles. The harmonic language is accessible to most listeners, but bends some ears to get students hearing the harmonies of most 21st century guitar literature. There are also worksheets to accompany the pieces which get students on track to composing.
I have a high school guitar program and my “go to” method guitar book is the First Year Guitar Hands On Training (H.O.T.) book as it contains many units of study (14 basic chords w/ progressions, E & A barre chords w/ progressions, scales, note reading in 1st and 5th position, blues, power chords, arpeggios using PIMA and more. Included are written tests, worksheets and proficiency rubrics. I supplement this with the WebRhythms exercises from Vic Firth, simple ensembles from the Doberman Editions and beginning solos from the Bridges Series. All of these combined cover a lot and lays a solid foundation for my students.
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