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The Essential Elements band and strings methods are well known amongst teachers, and have been for over a decade. With Guitar programs being added in many schools, this Essential Elements for Guitar lives up to the name, and is sure to become a staple of guitar teachers everywhere setting beginning guitar students off to a great start.

This method has been designed to meet the National Standards for Music Education, with features such as cross-curricular activities, quizzes, multicultural songs, basic improvisation and more.


Essential Elements for Guitar Book 1 covers getting started, basic music theory, guitar chords, notes on each string, ensemble playing and has a great selection of well known songs. It's written by Will Schmid and Bob Morris.


Essential Elements for Guitar Book 2 is a continuation of the concepts and skills taught in Book 1  and goes beyond to include playing movable chord shapes, and melodically in positions up the neck, playing scales and extended chords in different keys, more right-hand studies, fingerpicking and pick style, improvisation in positions up the neck, and studying different styles through well known songs. It's written by Bob Morris.

Hal Leonard's Essential Elements for Guitar


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