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Music Education for Today's Guitarists
I wrote these books to help students get more out of their guitar lessons and to help teachers save time and be more effective in their studios. I have been frustrated with most method books because they do not follow a clear and progressive structure, they omit important concepts, and there never seem to be enough exercises for students to really learn the material. While no method book works well with every type of student, I created a method book series that is more flexible than other books on the market. I also decided that in order for these books to truly be successful, they should be used with a guitar instructor; that's why these books are designed so different than other books you have seen.
THE GUITAR LESSON COMPANION, VOLUME ONEBOOK & CD • The Book for Students Taking Lessons • Jazz, Blues, Rock and Folk Music • Electric or Acoustic Pick-Style • Beginning into Intermediate Levels • Free Sample
Part One is a progressive and comprehensive guide to reading standard music notation on the guitar. There are note identification worksheets, isolated rhythm exercises and reading studies that sound good with the included Jam CD. Reading studies in all 12 keys and in the next position are also included. Part Two covers chords, scales, tablature (TAB) and basic music theory. Chord changing exercises are provided for beginners and the CAGED system for chords and scales is presented for intermediate students.
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THE GUITAR LESSON COMPANION, VOLUME TWOBOOK & CD • Designed for Serious Music Students • Jazz, Blues, Rock and Folk Music • Electric and Acoustic Pick-Style • Intermediate into AdvancedLevels
Part One is a music theory primer designed to promote active learning. The workbook format will help students learn the intervals, scales and chords in all 12 keys. It also includes an application section that covers popular techniques to create and resolve tension in music, including the tritone substitution. Part Two focuses on improvisation, more specifically on mastering the chord tones and modes most often used in jazz and blues music, in all 12 keys and in five positions on the guitar. Part Three will help students visualize the guitar neck in different ways while providing some popular ways to think about chords on the instrument. This section also includes some stylistic chord studies that are important for well-rounded guitarists to play and understand.
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Susan Palmer is the guitar instructor at Seattle University. She teaches "The Rock Project" at Cornish College of the Arts, and is the author of "The Guitar Lesson Companion,” Volumes One and Two. Susan maintains an active private studio, and has spent the past fifteen years teaching adults and children how to play the guitar. She is proud to have many students now actively performing across the United States. Thanks, in part, to her extensive collection of YouTube lesson videos, Susan has developed an international following, and recently began offering private lessons via webcam. Her books have been adopted by teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music.
My name is Rob Nicodemus. I live just outside the Nashville area (Murfreesboro Tn.) and I'm using your book teaching my 40 year old daughter the guitar. I wanted to tell you what a great job you've done in putting together this great teaching tool. Looking forward to Volume 2. When do you think that will be avalable?
I am interested in your book - i am looking for a good method for teaching jazz/pop - What is really important to me is the beauty of the exercises that i give to students. I have been teaching classical method because i found a really good set of method books that has people playing beautiful music right from the beginning. I am hoping for something like this - do you think your book would be what i am looking for?
I was reading one of your blogs and found myself a little confused about your book; is it for teachers, or students and teachers? I am taking group lessons and thought it might be helpful for adding some structure to my practice. The group lessons are not very structured because students are at different skill levels. I've been at it for about 10 months with no musical background, while others have had a little experience with church groups, etc. Basically I'd like to know whether it would be appropriate to use on my own or whether I'd need to use the book in conjunction with a teacher.
hi susan thanks for the comment ,the parlor guitar has a standard neck same as the martin guitar i just fell in love with it the 12 fret sounds nice and sharp and did not cost the earth,im glad i started to play the guitar
Just an update on my progress. I am on week two in the book. I am actually going a little slower than the book. I have been striving for perfect tone out of my notes and chords. The note are good the chords are pretty good but changing between chords is getting me frustrated. My fingers seem to have a mind of there own which does not agree with what I want them to do. I finger the chords without strumming and change from chord to chord over and over again. G to C to G to G7 to C. The combo is part of Amazing Grace I'm working on. Still practice everyday two-three hours a day in one hour blocks.
Thanks for what you do for the guitar community and for new people wanting to learn.
Your book and CD arrived today. What fast service. I was pleased to see the lessons are laid out very similarly to the way my instructor is teaching me. I like the lesson planer a lot. it is more structured than the lesson plan my instructor gives me for the week.
I will keep you updated on my progress
yes - i did get the user guide! on first glance it looked very helpful but i've yet to really sit down with it. i'm a bit swamped these days - vis a vis it took me til just now to see you asked about it on my page! i did get around to listening to the CD in my car and i'm jazzed that you give such great sounding, interesting tracks for the student to practice with.
Glad to get to know you! You have put a lot of quality work into your book. The CD is amazing. I tried the first few pages out on some of my very little students and they started to rock out while they played E, F, and G. Quite an ingenious way to get the kids to learn their standard notation! Thanks for all your hard work!
I haven't had a chance to look into that yet... I have a simple beginner book - just got my guitar last week :D - I may order get the companion... but it may be a little while. Thank you for adding me to the group.