Guitar Method Books

photoGET MORE OUT OF YOUR GUITAR LESSONS, AND MORE OUT OF YOUR GUITAR!

I wrote “The Guitar Lesson Companion” Method Books to help students get more out of their guitar lessons and to help teachers save time and be more effective in their studios. These books offer a clear, flexible, and progressive structure with plenty of good sounding exercises, which help students reach their goals faster than ever before.

 Which book is right for you? What’s your goal?

The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One

The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two

  • Switch between popular chords fast and clearly
  • Understand college music theory concepts
  • Add new rhythms and grooves
  • Spice up your rhythm guitar with practical triad inversions
  • Get a solid introduction to music theory on guitar
  • Master the chord tones (arpeggios) in all positions, all keys
  • Learn how to read music and develop good technique
  • Use a clear, progressive structure to master the design of the guitar
  • Solo using patterns from the CAGED system (with the jam CD)
  • Play walking bass lines, quartal harmony, altered chords and resolutions
  • Know how to figure out what key a song is in, or write songs in specific keys
  • Train your ears while improvising with 8+ hours of backing tracks

 

GET THE METHOD BOOKS FOR FREE BY DONATING TO SUSAN PALMER’S MUSIC EDUCATION STUDIO
(U.S. Domestic Addresses)

The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One Free with $35 Donation
The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two Free with $40 Donation
Both Book & CD Packages Free with $70 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 Guitarsor The Seattle University Bookstore  (Retail Prices = Volume One: $30, Volume Two: $35)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR GUITAR STUDENTS:

Do I need to complete Volume One before starting Volume Two?

Most students will benefit by completing Volume One before they start Volume Two, but your teacher may decide that Volume Two is a better fit for you. If you are brand new to the guitar, I recommend Volume One. If you have been playing for a while, you can apply the CAGED system to chords and scales and you know how to read standard music notation, or you are not interested in learning standard music notation, your teacher may recommend Volume Two for you.

What will I learn in Volume One?

You will learn the crucial concepts you need to play blues, jazz, and rock, styles by following a clear, step-by-step plan. You will have plenty of progressive exercises to help you master those concepts, and a Jam CD to make practicing fun. Besides learning the chord shapes that are used to play most music in these styles, you will also learn the design of the guitar through the CAGED system, how to read standard music notation, basic soloing skills and music theory.

What will I learn in Volume Two?

You will learn more advanced concepts used in jazz, blues, rock, and folks styles such as: college level music theory, chord tone soloing, and stylistic chord studies. Special focus is placed on learning in all 12 keys and the 8+ hour jam CD backs you up while you apply their knowledge to the guitar neck. When you have worked through Volume Two, you will have the skills to improvise intelligently over many tunes, and will benefit by reviewing the material on a regular basis.

I can’t afford guitar lessons right now. Can I learn guitar with these books and free videos on my own?

The best way to learn how to play the guitar is to study with a good teacher, and this series of method books was specifically designed for students who are taking guitar lessons. If you do not have the opportunity to learn from a teacher right now, the Free Guitar Lesson Library will help you work through the book on your own.

I can’t find a good guitar teacher in my area, what should I do?

There are lots of teachers, including myself, who teach “webcam guitar lessons.” If you have a computer with a camera and high-speed internet, you can email me to sign up for online lessons using a webcam.

If I use these books with my teacher, how long will it take me to get good?

That depends on your practice habits and your goals. This book will definitely help you become a better player because it contains the concepts that you need to learn in order to play a lot of music. You will save time if you use this book because it breaks down challenging concepts and walks you through each one, step-by-step, so you learn the material right the first time.

Won’t learning all this stuff make me sound unoriginal?

If you learn the fundamentals of music, you will be able to play more songs in a shorter amount of time, and you can apply those skills to whatever songs you want to play. If you know the fundamentals of music, you will be able to express yourself more clearly, and understand your fellow musicians easier.

Without training in the fundamentals of music, you will eventually reach a road block and need to come back and learn the fundamentals to overcome it. Yes, there are a handful of absolutely amazing guitarists who did not study music, but they are not amazing because they did not study music.

Why should I buy these guitar method books when I can purchase a cheaper one?

These are better books and a better value. They contain more concepts and exercises than the competition’s series; so if you buy these guitar method books, you will save money. You will improve faster with these books because the unique and flexible structure will help you and your teacher stay on track and make the most out of your lesson time together. The studies also sound better, especially with the jam-CD, which will make your practice time more fun for you.

Why did you write these books?

I wrote these books to help students get more out of their guitar lessons and to help teachers save time and be more effective in their studios. I have been frustrated with most method books because they do not follow a clear and progressive structure, they omit important concepts, and there never seem to be enough exercises for students to really learn the material.

While no method book works well with every type of student, I created a method book series that is more flexible than other books on the market. I also decided that in order for these books to truly be successful, they should be used with a guitar instructor; that’s why these books are designed so different than other books you have seen.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR GUITAR TEACHERS:

These answers to frequently asked questions will help you decide if “The Guitar Lesson Companion” books are right for your guitar students.

Do students need to complete Volume One before starting Volume Two?

Most students will benefit by completing Volume One before they start Volume Two, but you may decide that Volume Two is a better fit for some of your students. If your students are brand new to the guitar, I recommend Volume One. If they have been playing for a while, they can apply the CAGED system to chords and scales and they know how to read standard music notation, or they are not interested in learning standard music notation, I may recommend Volume Two for them.

What will students learn in Volume One?

Students will learn the crucial concepts they need to play blues, jazz, rock, and folk styles by following a clear, step-by-step plan. Students have plenty of progressive exercises to help them master those concepts, and a Jam CD to make practicing fun. Besides learning the chord shapes that are used to play most music in these styles, students also learn the design of the guitar through the CAGED system, how to read standard music notation, basic soloing skills and music theory.

What will students learn in Volume Two?

Students will learn more advanced concepts used in jazz, blues, rock, and folks styles such as: college level music theory, chord tone soloing, and stylistic chord studies. Special focus is placed on learning in all 12 keys and the 8+ hour jam CD backs students up while they apply their knowledge to the guitar neck. Students who have worked through Volume Two have the skills to improvise intelligently over many tunes, and will benefit by reviewing the material on a regular basis.

I already have a system for teaching, why do I need my students to purchase these books?

“The Guitar Lesson Companion” series helps you teach your way, only better. I know that you’ve got a unique way of prioritizing, explaining and applying musical concepts to your students, and I know that you want your students to get the most out of their lessons with you. You and I would probably agree that there are certain concepts that are important for all guitarists to know, and these books make it easier for our students to master them.

This series provides a basic road map for teaching and plenty of progressive exercises that sound cool, so your students will learn them faster. If you already teach the fundamentals of music: Reading, Chords, Theory and Improvisation, these books will truly complement your style. When your students use these books with you, there won’t be anymore crumpled-up, disorganized pieces of paper in your students’ guitar cases, and you won’t be spending all your time planning lessons and assignments for each student.

I know this stuff is important, but how do I convince my students to learn it?

Explain to your students that a person with a solid foundation of music skills can play more songs and be a more adaptable and creative guitar player. Talk to them about the guitarists they admire and point out the skills that make each player great. Tell them that with these books, you can help them learn those skills quickly and effectively.

I only teach songs to my students, why should I change?

You want to keep your studio full of happy and successful students, and if you use a more effective method to teach people the songs they want to play, you will attract more students. If you teach people to understand music on their instrument, you will gain the respect of other musicians, who will refer new students to you. If you use a clear system that keeps students on track and learning new concepts each week, your students will stay with you for longer periods of time.How do I assure my students that these guitar method books are cost effective?

Show them that it contains more concepts and exercises than the competition’s entire series; if they buy this book, they will save money. Tell them that this book was specifically designed for students who are studying with a teacher, so it will help both of you make the most out of your lesson time. Finally, play one of the studies with the CD from this book, and then compare it to a study from another book and ask them which one inspires them to practice.

What if I don’t know all of the concepts well enough to teach them to my students?

Check out the 4 Year Weekly Guitar Lesson Guide if you need help understanding a concept, or if you would like a suggestion on how to teach the concepts to your students. You can also email me for advice.

Do you have a sample lesson plan I can use with my students?
Yes, I offer a 4 Year Weekly Guitar Lesson Guide for free.

Why did you write these books?
I wrote these books to help students get more out of their guitar lessons and to help teachers save time and be more effective in their studios. I have been frustrated with most method books because they do not follow a clear and progressive structure, they omit important concepts, and there never seem to be enough exercises for students to really learn the material.

While no method book works well with every type of student, I created a method book series that is more flexible than other books on the market. I also decided that in order for these books to truly be successful, they should be used with a guitar instructor; that’s why these books are designed so different than other books you have seen.

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