Free Guitar Materials


Guitar Instructional Materials

Guitar Practice Routine Suggestions

Young Guitar Students Practice Suggestions to print out – Young Beg Guitar Students Practice Suggestions

Free download to print out –  Beginning Guitar Practice Routine

Guitar Method Books

Here are some of the books that I like to use. There are many good ones out there.

Hal Leonard Beginning Guitar Book 1 and Book 2.  I also like their Rock. Blues and Jazz books.

For young beginners I like Useborne Guitar for Beginners. You can see it at The Homeschool Store here in Cypress or find it on Amazon. I have adapted it to use with intermediate beginners. Want to know how, ask me! Usborne has sound files or Quick links for the entire book!  Click Here.

Tuning Your Guitar  – DAILY!

Get a tuner that is easy to use. Every time you get ready to play or practice you must tune your guitar. And you’ll need a tuner to do that. There are many kinds of tuners. Most are either guitar tuners or chromatic tuners. A guitar tuner only tunes the notes on a guitar. A chromatic tuner will tune any pitch that you need tuned.  Some tuners are more accurate than others. Some are easier to read. So you’ll have to check them  out at a music store. I prefer tuners that also have a metronome feature as well.

There are apps for your phone that are free. Whichever you choose, tune your guitar every day. And make your child tune their guitar. And tune your guitar before coming to your lessons!

The best tuners are by Peterson, in my opinion. I like their strobo tuners, and I also like their Sweetened tuning options. I had Peterson mechanical strobe tuners in my band hall and the hand held digital tuners. Excellent products and super accurate.

  • Clip on tuners

These are tuners that clip onto the headstock and use the vibrations from the headstock rather than a microphone. So one advantage is that you can use it in a noisy environment to tune your guitar. And they are small. Before you buy one, look at the display and decide if it is easy to use.

  • Pocket sized tuners

These are small tuners that are small enough to fit into your pocket. They have a bigger LCD screen, often are back-lit and have additional features such as direct connections for guitars with pick ups, audible pitches to help you tune.  I have a Korg TM-40 that I like. It has a tuner and a metronome.  It’s been dropped a lot and still keeps going.

  • Tuner Apps

There are tuner apps for Android and iOS devices (iphones/ipads/notebooks). Some are free like these: Asinulus or the Martin Tuner app.   The Peterson iStroboSoft is excellent and is pretty inexpensive.Most are not expensive.

  • James Taylor Tuning

Here is one of my favorite musicians, James Taylor in a 5 minute instructional video on how he tunes his guitar. Here are the offsets from the video:

E        A     D    G   B     e
-12   -10   -8   -4  -6   -3

Free Metronome by BestMetronome.com

Learn the Fretboard.

  • Basic Chord Charts from Google

Click here

  • How To Make Charts / Lead Sheets / TABS

This is how I make Charts / Lead Sheets / TABS.  First of all, if you can find it already written out, why re-invent the wheel. Use one that you found on the internet. After all, the purpose is to play music and have fun. Sometimes the charts that you find online are inaccurate. Simply copy and paste them into a Word doc and edit them.

  • How to Make Your Own

  1. Get the lyrics off the internet.
  2. Buy an MP3  of the song. Or listen to it on YouTube. You will start to hear the chord structure.
  3. Use Capitol letters and write the letter of the chord over the word in the lyrics. Since you have listened to the song, you will know where the chord changes occur.
  4. Standard Tuning, Dropped Tuning, CAPO – Watching videos of live performances (even if the sound quality is bad) will help you determine if the song is played with a Capo or is written in and alternate or dropped tuning. DADGAD, Half Step Down, etc.
  5. Start with what is easiest for you to hear. The verse or the chorus. Then see if there is an intro or other things played in between the verse and chorus or if there is a bridge.
  6. Listen for the strumming pattern or picking pattern.
  7. Make notes or record  yourself as you go. Sometimes we forget things.

Songs / TABS / Charts

Beginner Guitar Player TABS

Beginner Guitar Tab Songs

Christmas Songs

Christmas Guitar Chord-Melody Arrangements

Song TABS / Chord Charts

25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago

BEGINNINGS -Chicago

By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North

Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Cartoon Song – Chris Rice

Danny’s Song-Loggins and Messina

Dust In The Wind-Kansas

Fill My Cup – Mark Smith and CeCe Winnans

Fly To Your Heart

Ghost (Acoustic) by Halsey

Here I Am To Worship

Hey There Delilah

HOLE HEARTED -Extreme

Hotel California-The Eagles

It’s Not My Time

Kiss Me Lyrics by Melissa Etheridge

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

Let Her Go by Passenger

Lonely People Lyrics Chords – America

Love Song – Third Day

Lyin Eyes-The Eagles

MORE THAN WORDS by Extreme

My Cherie Amour-Stevie Wonder

Never Can Say Goodbye-Michael Jackson

Northern Wind by City and Colour by City and Colour / Dallas Green

Prince Of Peace  by Michael W Smith

RADIOACTIVE by Imagine Dragons

She’s Country – Jason Aldean

Signature of The Divine

Since I Met You – D.C. Talk

Singing Over Me – Kari Kobe

Somebody’s Heartbreak -Hunter Hayes

Southern Cross by Crosby Stills and Nash

Stairway to Heaven-Led Zepplin

Stranger-things-have-happened – The Foo Fighters

Storm Warning by Hunter Hayes

Stranger Things Have Happened – The Foo Fighters

Take Me In – Kutless

There is a Reason by Ron Block

The House That Built Me Miranda Lambert

This is How We Roll– Florida Georgia Line

Today Was A Fairytale – Taylor Swift

Under the Milky Way – The Church

Upside Down Jack Johnson – Jack Johnson

VIVA LA VIDA – Coldplay

Wanted -Hunter Hayes

Wake Me Up by Avicci

Washed By The Water – Need to Breathe

What Child Is This

What Faith Can Do by Kutless

Whatever – Steven Curtis Chapman

We Are the World

You and Me by Lifehouse

You Belong To Me – Taylor Swift

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