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Donate today and receive THE SECOND EDITION of “The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One” in January 2018!

I’m keeping this short and sweet so I can focus on finishing up the SECOND EDITION of, “The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One.” The first edition was published in 2006, and thousands of copies are being used by teachers and students in over 10 countries. The second edition has an expanded reading section with progressive studies going up through 12th position, more chords, more exercises, more jam tracks, more theory… I’m so excited to share it with you.

Ok, back to work for me! Donate today and receive the revised edition as soon as it comes off the press, in January 2018.

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The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One, Second Edition (available January 2018) Free with $40 Donation
The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two Free with $40 Donation
Both Book & CD Packages Free with $80 Donation

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

Seattle Residents, buy your books at: The Guitar StoreDusty StringsEmerald City Guitars, or The Seattle University Bookstore  (Retail Prices = Volume One: $40, Volume Two: $35)

10 Reasons You Should Take Guitar Lessons with Susan Palmer

1) Teaching is my passion. Students sense this and they feel inspired to work hard.

2) My experience makes me a more effective teacher. I have been teaching individual (private) lessons and group classes in jazz, blues, and rock styles for over 15 years. I have been the guitar instructor at Seattle University since 2006. In 2010, I created and started teaching The Rock Project at Cornish College of the Arts. I also taught guitar and ukulele classes a couple times a week at Seattle Girls School for a year, and I run a private studio on Capitol Hill where I offer lessons and classes, as well as lessons via Skype/FaceTime. Continue reading

Common Chord Progressions

I had a basic chord diagram book when I was learning how to play guitar and the chords were grouped by key. I would spend hours playing chords in different combinations, and I would often stumble upon sequences that sounded like a song I had heard on the radio. Sometimes, it was easy to recall the name of the tune, and other times the chord progression just sounded *really* familiar. It turns out, there are a handful of chord progressions that are used in thousands of popular songs.

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The Best Apps for Guitar Students and Guitar Teachers

unnamed-23I’m often asked which apps I use and recommend to students and other guitar instructors. Here are a few that I really dig. I’ll keep updating this list as I discover more useful apps.

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200+ Jam Tracks on iReal Pro for “The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two”

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I was shocked to learn that Apple does not make computers with built in CD players anymore, so I inputed the music for all the jam tracks from my book, The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two  into the iReal Pro app. Besides giving students and fellow teachers a new way to access the play-a-long music from the method book, there are a lot of cool benefits for students:

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Awesome Small Scale Guitar Gear

I wrote a post a while back about a cheap 3/4 guitar I fell in love with at The Guitar Store. I still play that guitar (I actually now own 3 of them) and lately I have been finding more awesome small gear that I wanted to share with you. I’m still looking for really nice 3/4 guitars with a nut width about 38mm, and I’ll keep you posted when I find it. I’m currently playing a 1964 Fender Duo Sonic and a cheap acoustic guitar that also has a narrow neck. Continue reading

The Guitarists of Seattle University

unnamed-20When you walk through campus at the beginning of the school year at Seattle University, you’ll see a lot of guitars. Besides the fact that the guitar is one of the most popular instruments in the world, Seattle University is located on Capitol Hill, one of the Northwest’s most active music and art scenes. It makes sense why there are so many great guitarists here!