After 35+ years of teaching from books that I was never quite happy with, I decided to write my own. Now I can only blame myself if something is wrong but I can also change and make corrections as necessary to continually improve the books.
I believe that a beginning method for learning to read music on the guitar should present the music basics in a careful, graduated manner. I also believe songs learned should include familiar songs as well as orignial songs that the student must interpret for themselves.
Being a literate, reading musician is an advantage for anyone seriously pursuing musical knowledge. I hope you enjoy this book.
Below are posted links to midi accompaniment files to use as backup while playing most of the songs in the book. The songs are listed in the order they occur in the book. Click on the link and you can play along with an accompaniment file. Most songs play through three times. Have fun!
|Twice As Nice||Mary Ann||Strumthing Else||Take Me Out To The Ball Game||Frog Went A-Courtin'|
|Rockin' On One||Plaisir d'Amour||Two Chord Boogie||Natural Blues||My Old Kentucky Home|
|Two String Boogie||Peter Gray||Going Home||Chromatic Blues||Auld Lang Syne|
|1 More For 2||Minor Waltz||Pick Six||Danny Boy||Streets Of Laredo|
|Jingle Bells||My Bonnie||I Gave My Love A Cherry||Down In The Valley||Ode To Joy|
|Beautiful Brown Eyes||When The Saints Go Marching In||We Three Kings||Red River Valley||Greensleeves|
|Gus' Blues||On Top Of Old Smoky||Eighth Note Boogie||Rockin' In G||Tomcat Blues|
|Long, Long Ago||Shew! Fly, Don't Bother Me||Amazing Grace||Gus' Stomp||Old Joe Clark|
|Three String Boogie||C Rock||Clementine||Buffalo Gals||Turkey In The Straw|
|Aura Lee||Song Of The Volga Boatman||Scarborough Fair||Tom Dooley||In The Hall Of The Mountain King|
|Blow The Man Down||Reuben, Reuben||Drunken Sailor||Syncopation Nation|
|Au Clair De La Lune||Barbara Allen||Chromatic Boogie||He's Got The Whole World In His Hands||For midi tips, click here|