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Kid's Guitar Course, Book 1 (Book and Enhanced CD) (Kid's Courses!) Paperback – May 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0882849898 ISBN-10: 0882849891

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Kid's Courses! (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882849891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882849898
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ron Manus is co-owner of both Alfred Publishing and its sister company, Daisy Rock Guitars. Ron joined Alfred Publishing in 1988 and today is the company's Vice President. Ron is one of Alfred Publishing's top-selling authors, having over 100 published titles to his credit including instructional items for guitar, bass, banjo, harmonica, ukulele, and drums. In addition to holding prominent positions with Alfred Publishing and Daisy Rock Guitars, he also enjoys playing guitar and singing in the rock-solid, no-nonsense, punk rock band sASSafrASS.

L. C. Harnsberger received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Southern California. It was there that he studied with well-respected composers and arrangers including Morton Lauridsen and William A. Schaefer. Since finishing school, he has been writing and arranging for numerous wind ensembles, orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists. His published works for Alfred Publishing include music for band, full orchestra, solo piano and choral accompaniments. His most popular publication is the Essential Dictionary of Music which is a concise, pocket-sized reference guide of definitions, composers, theory and instrument ranges which is used by musicians of all levels.


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Regardless, I highly recommend it.
M. Rivera
I purchased this book for my 4 year old daughter and she absolutely loves it.
C. M. Moreland
These books are a good introduction to guitar playing and are easy to follow.
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256 of 259 people found the following review helpful By M. Silver on February 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a guitar teacher with a degree in jazz guitar. I teach 30 kids a week in age ranges from 1st grade through senior citizen. I am also an early childhood music teacher who teaches general music classes and percussion in pre-school through 5th grade.

I have tried several other books to various degrees of success using other materials and my knowledge of children of this age. This book is an effortless teach to children this age. I am convinced you don't even need to know how to play guitar to teach your own child with this book.

Teachers...if you have kids this age its a great find. Starts with chords and easy songs. Not too many pictures to cause distractions. Later it gets into reading on the first three strings with ease. I finished the book in something like 10 weeks with 4 students in 1st-3rd grades. All of them are playing beyond my expectations. I can't wait for another one from these people. Heard its coming out end of Jan. 05.

Good luck.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Love to read on February 14, 2006
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This is a beautiful, colorful book that really draws your child in just because it looks so fun! I'm so happy that they made a beginning guitar book like this because I've found that usually only piano gets so much attention. I've played guitar since I was nine, and have a Masters degree in Music. Guitar is a wonderful instrument to learn. You can take it with you anywhere and you can accompany yourself singing. You can also learn classical guitar easily if you start young and people will love to listen. I think more kids should learn guitar at a young age. Hopefully this book makes that possible!

I started using it with my son. It moves in easy steps. It's an excellent book. Highly recommended.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Andi Morici on July 25, 2006
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This book gets the kids playing right away with no time wasted on theory that a small child could not comprehend. The CD makes the playing more fun and feel more "grown-up". Nice book! Both the 7 year old and 5 year old are enjoying using it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John D. Sayle on July 15, 2008
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This is one of THE BEST methods out there for the young guitar student learning to play pick style guitar. The book and enhanced C.D. are excellent instructional tools. I've used this book for a few years in private instruction and just started using it in my young beginners group guitar class with great success in both areas.

The text starts with three-string chords and progresses through various rhythmic combinations (though never using eighth notes) with the C,G,G7, and D7 chords. Along the way the student will play some original and folk songs (i.e. three blind mice, etc). The melodies are provided on the accompanying C.D. and are quite easy to pick out.

The second half of the book focuses on learning to read standard notation. (NOTE: there is not TAB) The text covers notes through the first three strings. As with the chord section the child will play various original melodies as well as famous classical and folk melodies (i.e. Ode to Joy, Jingle Bells, etc). In this section the student will play the chords they have learned previously along with the notes they are learning.

If you are using this book in private or group lessons you may want to introduce standard note reading alongside the introduction of chords, instead of moving sequentially through the book. As stated earlier there is NO TAB in this book which may turn some teachers off. After completing this book the student would understand the material roughly through the first half of Book 1 of either the Hal Leonard or Mel Bay Guitar Methods.

If you are looking for a method for classical guitar for the young this is NOT for you! I would highly recommend getting Classical Guitar for the Young by Jay Traylor. An even better book though difficult to get in the U.S. is The Guitarist's Way by British guitarists Peter Nuttall & John Whitworth.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on December 30, 2007
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Bought my son a guitar for Christmas. Looked and researched books to help him learn to play. After searching for a while I chose this one and am glad I did. It is easy to understand. My son is 10 years old and I don't think it is too young for him. I recommend it...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EmilyA on August 13, 2010
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My son, age 11, used this as his first introduction to playing guitar and it has been wonderful! The book, cd, dvd combo is priceless. The lessons are very short and easy to understand. We watched each one on the dvd and proceeded to use the book for hours of practice. The dvd is wonderful when it comes to explaining concepts but also to be able to rewind and hear over and over. A huge plus was being able to play along with the dvd to help keep time. He breezed through this in a short 7 weeks and enjoyed every minute. This course made learning guitar a joy for our family.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jesse J. Andreasen on August 6, 2008
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I don't think this book is quite as great as some other reviews have made it out to be, but it has been better for my couple of younger students than the Mel Bay book. The smaller, easier 3 string chord forms are good for young kids that don't have hands big or strong enough to play full 5 and 6 string chords. Towards the end there is a good mixture of single notes and chords which is nice. The variety of songs do a decent job of teaching about different rhythms and rests. However, I'm not crazy about the lyrical element, they have not helped at all, especially since the written melody for guitar doesn't usually match up with the traditional melody that would go with the lyrics used from well known kids songs. Still glad I chose to get a couple copies of this.
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