I’m a little different than other guitar teachers because I teach the fundamentals of music using a clear structure that I tailor to each student’s goals and learning style. Students develop a strong skill set to use in all kinds of musical situations, and many of my students perform all over the country, in various styles, earning their living from music.

I wrote The Guitar Lesson Companion method book series to help make teaching and learning the fundamentals of music easier and more effective, and today thousands of guitarists use these books!

There are a few ways to study with me:
1) If you are a student at Seattle University, you can register for my guitar classes. 2) Take private guitar lessons at my Guitar Studio on Capitol HiIll3) Follow Susan Palmer’s Guitar Studio on Facebook and learn when I offer monthly “Pay What You Can” Guitar Classes. 4) Use my FREE 5 Year Online Guitar Course (see below) if who want to work through these crucial skills using “The Guitar Lesson Companion” method books on your own.

Contact Susan Palmer about lessons or the books: LeadCatPress@gmail.com


Take Guitar Lessons with Susan Palmer

Joe Kirk: Guitar lessons with Susan helped to break down and organize my musical goals, creating an environment where I could advance to more complex playing styles while learning the musical building blocks that I largely ignored as a younger guitarist.

Mark: Over the years I’ve had a handful of guitar teachers and Susan Palmer is far and away the best I’ve had the pleasure to work with. It was immediately clear that Susan is completely committed to guitar instruction, her well thought out Lead Cat Press workbooks and ability to quickly tailor the lesson plans to my playing level and desired outcome enabled me to learn so much. Importantly, Susan held me to a high standard and pushed me to do the work that increased my understanding and enjoyment of the guitar, all with a pleasant and “chill” demeanor.

Rick Fortenberry, Sandpiper Guitar Studios: This ground-breaking book/CD is the one I wish I’d written for my students, but it’s also the one I wish I’d had when first seriously studying guitar. All the fundamentals and more are here. This is a good investment in a guitarist’s education.


THE FREE ONLINE GUITAR COURSE

I based this FREE 5 Year Online Guitar Course off of my  two guitar method books and the syllabus I have used at Seattle University, where I have been an Adjunct Professor since 2006. Why? I want to make music education more accessible; all you need is the book, a guitar, and the internet to use this course! There are no short cuts but you will find a clear, effective, and modern approach to learning the fundamentals of music. TRY THE FIRST LESSON RIGHT NOWand click to see each weekly guide, with links to lesson videos, for each year of the course. (Note: No one follows this guide exactly, but most students like to see where they are at on the learning path.)

Weekly Lesson Plan with Videos and Assignments for First Year Guitar Students

Weekly Lesson Plan with Videos and Assignments for Second Year Guitar Students

Weekly Lesson Plan with Videos and Assignments for Third Year Guitar Students

Weekly Lesson Plan with Videos and Assignments for Fourth Year Guitar Students

Weekly Lesson Plan with Videos and Assignments for Fifth Year Guitar Students

Lesson Plan Overview: Don’t Be Scared!

THE COURSE BOOKS YOU’LL NEED

“The Guitar Lesson Companion” is a two volume guitar method series that was designed to be used by students who are working with a good guitar teacher. Each book is 160 pages, spiral bound, and full of practical fundamental concepts and skills that will allow you to reach your full potential on guitar. Learn more about Volume One and Volume Two.

PURCHASE AT YOUR LOCAL GUITAR SHOP, OR FOR THE SAME AMOUNT, GET THE METHOD BOOKS DELIVERED TO YOU!
FREE SHIPPING (to U.S. Domestic Addresses)

The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One, Second Edition $40 Donation
The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two $35 Donation
Both Book & CD Packages (Best Value) $70 Donation

Each book is 160 8.5″ x 11″ pages, spiral bound. Retail Prices = Volume One: $40, Volume Two: $35  All books are mailed from the United States Post Office in a Priority Mailer, so most people receive their packages in 2-3 business days. You’ll receive an email when your donation has been processed and your package is on its way. Questions on International Donations? Email: LeadCatPress@gmail.com


QUICKLY FIND THE LESSON VIDEOS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR FROM EACH BOOK

Quickly find the lesson you need from “The Guitar Lesson Companion, Vol. 1”

Quickly find the lesson you need from “The Guitar Lesson Companion, Vol. 2”


SHOULD YOU TAKE WEEKLY OR SINGLE GUITAR LESSONS?

Guitar teachers who see you for weekly lessons will:

  • Answer your questions as they come up so you don’t feel stuck
  • Correct mistakes or issues you may not notice on your own, before they become bad habits
  • Pace your assignments appropriately, allowing you to make consistent progress
  • Hold you accountable to your assignments because you know you will be tested each week
  • Apply the concepts and skills you are learning to the music you enjoy that is at your level

Taking periodic guitar lessons allows you to:

  • Work at your own pace and within the limits of your busy schedule
  • Let your curiosity drive your learning, so you will have more questions at each lesson which may make you feel like you are getting a better value for each lesson
  • Feel more confident and prepared for each lesson that you do take, and even if you feel unprepared, you are ready for the guidance and structure to help you get back on track

Contact Susan Palmer about lessons or the books: LeadCatPress@gmail.com


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