Alfred's Kid's Guitar Course Complete: The Easiest Guitar Method Ever!

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Alfred Music Publishing, 2006 - Music - 140 pages
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Alfred's Kid's Guitar Course is the #1 best-selling guitar method for kids! This award-winning ("Best Product of the Year" -- Disney's iParenting Media Award) method is the easiest guitar method ever for kids ages 5 and up. Using plain language that's easy for kids to understand, three irresistible guitar experts guide students along---a clever classical dog, one cool jazz cat, and a friendly alligator who loves the blues---they focus attention by pointing out what's important on each page and make learning music fun! Kids will learn to play chords and melodies, read music, and perform lots of fun songs.

The book comes to life on your stereo and your computer with the enclosed enhanced-CDs. The discs include beautiful recordings of all the music in the book and can be played on your CD player or downloaded to your iPod(R) or other mp3 player. Play the same disc on your computer (Windows/Mac compatible) to instantly access an interactive guitar tuner, digital guitar chord dictionary, and play-along songs! Kids can see and hear the music, and even adjust the tempo of songs for practice or performance!
 

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I used this book for about 5 years in my own teaching and then I decided that it was not a good method for children. The approach that this book uses is much too difficult for young children. For example the first song is called "Three Blind Mice" and its purpose is to teach the child how to play a C Major chord. I haven't had much student success at all with teaching chords to young beginners. It's almost physically impossible to for a child to a C Major chord in their first lesson. The interesting thing is that this book proclaims that it is the easiest method for children to learn the guitar. The approach of learning the guitar by playing chords may be appropriate for adults and teenagers but not for young children. So what does a parent or music teacher do when their child/student can't play the first song in the "easiest guitar method for children?" This question motivated me to create my own book called "Kasey's Guitar Jams for Kids." I have found that it is a much more engaging and fun way for children to play the guitar. 

Contents

Tuning Your Guitar
7
Tuning without the
25
How to Read Chord Diagrams
38
The Note E with Chords
43
The Notes E F and G with Chords
49
Introducing C
55
The Half Note
63
Introducing F
87
Playing Two Notes at Once
93
Introducing C
100
Introducing E
106
The Riddle Song
121
Reading ThreeString Chords as Notes
127
Dynamics
133
Music Matching Games
139
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