The guitar “method” book is a staple for guitar players going back decades. Before audio, video, and Internet guitar lessons, there were guitar method book.
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Why Learn Guitar With Method Books?
Some features of basic guitar method books include:
- First lessons start from scratch — teaching you how to hold the guitar and how to hold the pick.
- Lessons are graduated, each building on the previous lesson, increasing in complexity.
- Most methods come in a series of three to six books — sold separately so you don’t have to buy all at once.
- One goal is to teach the student how to read music (notes), and build chords.
- Another goal is to have the student build dexterity in both hands.
- Teachers often use method books for both private and class instruction.
- Audio CDs of lessons are often included.
Learn Guitar Music for Beginners
Level one method books are all about guitar music for beginners. Level one books teach:
- Easy guitar chords.
- Sight-reading guitar notes for beginners.
- Easy guitar music.
- Some method books include guitar tabs for beginners.
Students who work through a level one method book will have a good foundation for tackling intermediate level materials.
Specialized Guitar Method Books
Aside from the basic guitar method books, there are also specialized or niche method books for…
- small children.
- electric guitar or for acoustic guitar.
- genres: blues, jazz, rock, bluegrass, classical, etc.
These niche books often place less emphasis on teaching note-reading and more emphasis on learning to play the fundamentals of the specific style, for example blues progressions, or bluegrass style bass/chord runs. If you’re more interested in joining a blues, rock, or bluegrass jam than you are on learning to read notes, these niche methods might be a good place to start.
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