Guitar for Kids

Guitar for Kids : First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar

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Guitar For Kids is a fun all-colour guide on the first steps of learning to play Guitar with over 70 photographic examples, purpose-made diagrams and cartoons. Starting with advice on buying your first guitar, how to hold the guitar and how to tune it, the music then begins with easy-to-play melodies using only open strings (open strings means only the plucking hand is used), before moving to simple pieces in which the fretting hand is also used. The book goes into detail for some basic techniques because you're better off getting it right from the start rather than develop bad habits.

- Tablature Based

Guitar for Kids uses mostly guitar tablature making this popular instrument more easily accessible for beginners (as do most adult guitar method books). The rhythmical aspect of Sight-reading is covered within the Chords section which eases-in the later Sight-reading section because the only new thing to learn will be reading different notes from the musical staff.

- Audio & Video

Guitar for Kids comes with 47 downloadable audio tracks with musical pieces in styles such as Rock, Blues, Pop, Flamenco, Jazz and Reggae. Each piece has a full band demo track and accompanying backing track with guitar part removed for you to play over. The songs also have video examples.

- What Else?

EZ chords are covered (easy chords with less notes) and are accompanied with diagrams of the full versions for later on, or if you feel like a challenge. There's an introduction to Power chords with Rock pieces to play named after healthy greens "Broccolli Rockilly" and "Rocket Salad". There's a Blues and Rock duet with backing band tracks to play with a friend, and at the end there is a Quiz, no cheating!

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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 216 x 280 x 2mm | 110g
  • Battle, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0956954723
  • 9780956954725
  • 65,988

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"Children really love playing along to the backing tracks and they have been more enthusiastic about practicing because they have something to play along to. The content of the book is well thought out and each musical aspect is introduced gradually as to not swamp the child with too much too soon. I recommend this book to both teachers and learners." Ben Parker, Bachelor of Musical Arts - Jazz (CPIT Jazz School New Zealand)

"I looked through Guitar for Kids thoroughly when I received it and I think it is really cool! I will be recommending that my students buy one. I would be happy to recommend." Chris Nastri, Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Phoenix Arizona US

"Gareth has written a really well thought out first book for teaching young children how to play. The fact that he teaches tablature and takes the time to find a logical way to add rhythm makes this method a step above other similar books. I've taught guitar for 30+ years and it has always been a challenge to find a book that doesn't talk down to the students. This one is definitely the one I'll be using." Bob Lucas - Bob Lucas Guitar Studios (Missouri US)

"Really detailed and thought out well. It's good that this book presents the easy to difficult chords. I like the introduction of notation as well. When you present it in stages, it's not too hard for people to pick up." Michael Hanna, Grade 8 RS.Guitar - Larne Guitar School (Ireland)

"It looks like Gareth spent a lot of time writing Guitar for Kids. I think the illustrations are very helpful in keeping people's minds interested and engaged. The fact that it also includes audio will help them understand how it should sound as well." Tim Woosley - Music Director, Lincoln School of Music (Nebraska)

"The book Guitar for Kids is written in a very acceptable way accompanied by lots of pictures. I am recommending to read this book not only for kids, but also for everyone who wants to start playing the guitar in the right way." Tomas Schmidt, Guitar teacher & Recording artist (Slovakia)
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Fantastic clear pictures and step by step instructions on how to learn to play the guitar. Colourful and creative and includes backing tracks to accompany the written music. All in 5/5show more
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