RESOURCES

Below is a library of resources that will help and encourage the experience of learning music.

Check these out:

IMPORTANT BOOKS:

Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Book 1

The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is designed for anyone just learning to play acoustic or electric guitar. It is based on years of teaching guitar students of all ages, and it also reflects some of the best guitar teaching ideas from around the world. Book 1 includes tuning; playing position; musical symbols; notes in first position; C, G, G7, D, D7, A7, and Em chords; rhythms through eighth notes; strumming and picking; over 80 great songs, riffs, and examples.

Classic Guitar Technique, Volume 1

Aaron Shearer’s Classic Guitar Technique has long been the core guitar method used by generations of classical guitarists. Alfred Music is proud to present Aaron’s first fully revised and re-edited edition of this benchmark work. In addition to new exercises and music, Aaron and music editor Thomas Kikta have included critical new insights into core guitar techniques. Plus, for the first time, the book now comes with a demonstration and play-along CD. Students will be able to hear and emulate the tone and feel of the CD recording and they will have the opportunity to play their pieces as duets with the included recording. In addition, insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive of your computer and our exclusive "TNT" software allows you to changes tempos, mute the student part, and even loop sections for repeated practice.

A Modern Method for Guitar, Volume 1

The Leavitt guitar method, used as the basic text for the Berklee College of Music guitar program, has stood the test of time and earned a loyal following of students and instructors. Comprised of three volumes, this method is a practical and comprehensive guitar instruction program designed for beginning through advanced levels of playing. Volume 1 teaches beginning guitar students all the fundamentals that build a solid foundation of musicianship, including: scales, melodic studies, chord and arpeggio studies, special exercises for both hands, accompaniment techniques, and a unique approach to voice leading using moveable chord forms.

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THE YOUNG MUSICIAN'S
GUIDE TO PRACTICE

FIRST LESSON IS FREE! CLICK HERE

MUSIC SUBJECTS

Every session is unique and customized for the day based on what the student is currently working on. 

Here are the aspects that are provided.

LESSON PLANS

To utilize the session time to its full capacity a lesson plan is designed for every session. Lessons plans are organized around the current subject matter the student is working on, and is based on the progress of the previous lesson. Notes are taken at the end of every session, and applied to the following lesson.

SHEET MUSIC

Printed sheet music is provided for all subjects. Having clear and easy to read documents is essential for practicing. All documents are reviewed and made available for the student’s personal notes.

MUSIC THEORY

Music theory fundamentals are taught in order to give a student a clearer understanding of what they are learning on their instrument. Music theory also provides a student with a better vocabulary to communicate with other musicians.

EAR TRAINING

Listening to music and transcribing is a large part of being a well-rounded musician. Students are tested on their basic interval, chord and rhythm 

recognition to refine their auditory skills.

SIGHT READING

Techniques to reading standard notated music are reviewed and developed. The use of tablature and other forms of written music are discussed as well.

METHOD BOOK

Method books are provided to give students an organized weekly lesson plan to help maintain a structured practice schedule.

FRETBOARD KNOWLEDGE

Understanding the notes and the patterns of the fretboard are a big part of becoming a skilled guitarist. Individual notes and useful patterns are taught and discussed.

 

SOFTWARE PROGRAMS

In addition to being a music teacher I have also learned to use many computer programs and websites that help to facilitate a more enriched music program.

All of these programs allow me to organize and prepare better lesson plans for my students while also providing tools that the students can use at home for themselves.

GUITAR PRO

Guitar Pro provides students with the ability to access thousands of songs and sheet music with the click of a button. The program has auditory and visual playback of music that can be slowed down and isolated for learning comfort.

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AMAZING SLOW DOWNER

ASD allows students to take any digital recording they are working with and slow it down to a comfortable playback speed. Music can also be looped for hands free repeat.

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YOUSICIAN

Yousician is a wonderful music website for young children. The website contains thousands of exercises designed for children and keeps track of there progress. It has a colorful display and age appropriate songs.

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MUSICTHEORY.NET

MusicTheory.net is a great website to help develop basic and advanced music skills. The website is organized with an easy to use format that allows its students to customize the skill level of every program.

GO TO SITE >>>

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