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.
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
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
- Get the lyrics off the internet.
- Buy an MP3 of the song. Or listen to it on YouTube. You will start to hear the chord structure.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Listen for the strumming pattern or picking pattern.
- Make notes or record yourself as you go. Sometimes we forget things.
Songs / TABS / Charts
Beginner Guitar Player TABS
Song TABS / Chord Charts
25 or 6 to 4 – 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
Ghost (Acoustic) by Halsey
HOLE HEARTED -Extreme
Hotel California-The Eagles
Kiss Me Lyrics by Melissa Etheridge
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
Lonely People Lyrics Chords – America
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
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 Faith Can Do by Kutless
Whatever – Steven Curtis Chapman
You and Me by Lifehouse
You Belong To Me – Taylor Swift