Guitar for Students (USC) (eBook)
A Method for the Classrooom and Private Student
21663EB
This beginning guitar book, for use with private students or in a classroom setting, is divided into 15 lessons. Beginning at the complete novice level, the lessons guide players thru learning chords, scales and more advanced techniques. The appendix of the book offers scale, chord, and fretboard diagrams. This text is currently used in the beginning guitar classes at USC.
Product Number:
21663EB
Format:
eBook
Skill Level:
Beginning
Pages:
94
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6097-4692-9
ISBN13:
978-16097-4692-6
Series:
USC School of Music
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
10/7/2010
This beginning guitar book, for use with private students or in a classroom setting, is divided into 15 lessons. Beginning at the complete novice level, the lessons guide players thru learning chords, scales and more advanced techniques. The appendix of the book offers scale, chord, and fretboard diagrams. This text is currently used in the beginning guitar classes at USC.
Guitar for Students (USC)

LESSON ONE
INTRODUCTION TO THE GUITAR ....................................................................................................... 7
Types of Guitars ...................................................................................................................................... 7
Electric Guitars ....................................................................................................................................... 7
Steel-String Guitars (Acoustic) ............................................................................................................... 8
Nylon-String Guitars (Classical) ............................................................................................................. 8
Components of the Electric Guitar ......................................................................................................... 9
Buying a Guitar ..................................................................................................................................... 10
Playing Position .................................................................................................................................... 11
Left-Hand Technique ............................................................................................................................ 12
Right-Hand Technique .......................................................................................................................... 13
Tuning the Guitar .................................................................................................................................. 14
INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL NOTATION ..................................................................................... 16
The Staff, Clef Signs and the Musical Alphabet ................................................................................... 16
Half Steps and Whole Steps .................................................................................................................. 17
Note Values, Measures and Time Signatures ........................................................................................ 18
LESSON TWO
NOTES ON THE FIRST STRING (E, F, G) ........................................................................................... 20
Reading Music on the Guitar ................................................................................................................ 20
INTRODUCTION TO RHYTHM GUITAR PLAYING ......................................................................... 22
The C and G Chords ............................................................................................................................. 22
Reading Rhythm Guitar Notation ......................................................................................................... 22
CHORD EXERCISE #1 ....................................................................................................................... 23
LESSON THREE
NOTES ON THE SECOND STRING (B, C, D) ..................................................................................... 24
Combining Strings ................................................................................................................................ 25
Ode to Joy ............................................................................................................................................. 26
Mary Had a Little Lamb ....................................................................................................................... 26
Theme From “New World Symphony” ................................................................................................. 26
The D Chord ......................................................................................................................................... 27
Repeat Signs .......................................................................................................................................... 27
CHORD EXERCISE #2 ....................................................................................................................... 27
CHORD EXERCISE #3 ....................................................................................................................... 27
LESSON FOUR
NOTES ON THE THIRD STRING (G, A) ............................................................................................. 28
Combining Strings ................................................................................................................................ 29
Aura Lee ................................................................................................................................................ 29
Accidentals ............................................................................................................................................ 30
The Major Scale .................................................................................................................................... 30
Strumming Eighth Notes....................................................................................................................... 31
CHORD EXERCISE #4 ....................................................................................................................... 31
The A minor Chord ............................................................................................................................... 31
CHORD EXERCISE #5 ....................................................................................................................... 31
CHORD EXERCISE #6 ....................................................................................................................... 31
LESSON FIVE
3/4 Time ................................................................................................................................................ 32
Dotted Values ........................................................................................................................................ 32
We Three Kings ..................................................................................................................................... 33
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star .................................................................................................................... 33
Camptown Races ................................................................................................................................... 34
Intervals - Major and Minor 2nds and 3rds .......................................................................................... 34
The G Major Scale ................................................................................................................................ 35
Chromatic Scale and Reading Tablature ............................................................................................... 35
The E minor Chord ............................................................................................................................... 36
CHORD EXERCISE #7 ....................................................................................................................... 36
CHORD EXERCISE #8 ....................................................................................................................... 36
LESSON SIX
NOTES ON THE FOURTH STRING (D, E, F) ...................................................................................... 37
Combining Strings ................................................................................................................................ 38
Tom Dooley ........................................................................................................................................... 39
First and Second Endings ...................................................................................................................... 39
Pick-Up Notes ....................................................................................................................................... 39
Little Brown Jug .................................................................................................................................... 39
CHORD EXERCISE #9 ....................................................................................................................... 40
The E Chord .......................................................................................................................................... 40
CHORD EXERCISE #10 ..................................................................................................................... 40
LESSON SEVEN
The F Major Scale ................................................................................................................................. 41
Key Signatures ...................................................................................................................................... 41
Ties and Slurs ........................................................................................................................................ 42
Amazing Grace ...................................................................................................................................... 42
Understanding Chords .......................................................................................................................... 43
Road Map Symbols and Text Markings ................................................................................................ 44
CHORD EXERCISE #11 ...................................................................................................................... 45
The D7 Chord ....................................................................................................................................... 45
CHORD EXERCISE #12 ..................................................................................................................... 45
LESSON EIGHT
NOTES ON THE FIFTH STRING (A, B, C) .......................................................................................... 46
Danny Boy ............................................................................................................................................. 47
Right-Hand Finger Picking Technique ................................................................................................. 47
Combining Strings ................................................................................................................................ 48
Roman Numerals .................................................................................................................................. 48
The Dm and G7 Chords ........................................................................................................................ 49
CHORD EXERCISE #13 ..................................................................................................................... 49
CHORD EXERCISE #14 ..................................................................................................................... 49
CHORD EXERCISE #15 ..................................................................................................................... 50
Chord Anticipations .............................................................................................................................. 50
CHORD EXERCISE #16 ..................................................................................................................... 50
Rhythm Guitar Percussive String Muf ing .......................................................................................... 50
CHORD EXERCISE #17 ..................................................................................................................... 51
CHORD EXERCISE #18 ..................................................................................................................... 51
LESSON NINE
The C Major Scale ................................................................................................................................ 52
Rests ...................................................................................................................................................... 52
Oh Susannah ......................................................................................................................................... 53
The A and E7 Chords ............................................................................................................................ 54
CHORD EXERCISE #19 ..................................................................................................................... 54
CHORD EXERCISE #20 ..................................................................................................................... 54
CHORD EXERCISE #21 ..................................................................................................................... 54
CHORD EXERCISE #22 ..................................................................................................................... 55
CHORD EXERCISE #23 ..................................................................................................................... 55
CHORD EXERCISE #24 ..................................................................................................................... 55
LESSON TEN
NOTES ON THE SIXTH STRING (E, F, G) .......................................................................................... 56
The C and G Major Scale Patterns ........................................................................................................ 57
Scale Diagram Boxes ............................................................................................................................ 57
CHORD EXERCISE #25 Amazing Grace Accompaniment ................................................................ 58
The A7 and B7 Chords .......................................................................................................................... 59
CHORD EXERCISE #26 ..................................................................................................................... 59
CHORD EXERCISE #27 ..................................................................................................................... 59
LESSON ELEVEN
The F Major and Bf Major Scales ........................................................................................................ 60
Eighth Note Melodies ........................................................................................................................... 61
Home on the Range ............................................................................................................................... 61
CHORD EXERCISE #28 ..................................................................................................................... 61
CHORD EXERCISE #29 Aura Lee Accompaniment .......................................................................... 62
CHORD EXERCISE #30 ..................................................................................................................... 63
Finger Picking Variations ...................................................................................................................... 63
The F (Barre) and C7 Chords ................................................................................................................ 65
CHORD EXERCISE #31 ..................................................................................................................... 65
The Dominant Seventh Chord .............................................................................................................. 66
LESSON TWELVE
INTRODUCTION TO THE BLUES ....................................................................................................... 67
The Twelve Bar Blues ........................................................................................................................... 67
Twelve Bar Blues in the Keys of G, D, A and E ................................................................................... 68
CHORD EXERCISE #32 ..................................................................................................................... 68
The E minor Pentatonic and E Blues Scales ......................................................................................... 69
Moveable Pentatonic Scales ................................................................................................................. 70
Boogie Style Rhythm Guitar Parts ........................................................................................................ 70
CHORD EXERCISE #33 (Key of A Boogie Rhythm) ......................................................................... 71
CHORD EXERCISE #34 (Key of E Boogie Rhythm) ......................................................................... 71
LESSON THIRTEEN
Eighth Note Reading ............................................................................................................................. 72
Major scale in eighth notes (Keys of C and G) ..................................................................................... 72
Moveable Major Scale Patterns ............................................................................................................ 73
Minuet Duet .......................................................................................................................................... 74
Moveable Barre Chords ........................................................................................................................ 74
CHORD EXERCISE #35 ..................................................................................................................... 75
CHORD EXERCISE #36 ..................................................................................................................... 75
LESSON FOURTEEN
The Natural Minor Scale (Relative Minor) ........................................................................................... 76
The A minor scale ................................................................................................................................. 76
The E and D minor Scales .................................................................................................................... 77
Greensleeves Duet ................................................................................................................................. 78
Moveable Barre Chords (Fifth String Root) ......................................................................................... 78
CHORD EXERCISE #37 ..................................................................................................................... 79
CHORD EXERCISE #38 ..................................................................................................................... 79
LESSON FIFTEEN
Sixteenth Notes ..................................................................................................................................... 80
Soldier’s Joy .......................................................................................................................................... 80
The Entertainer (Duet) .......................................................................................................................... 81
Moveable Minor Scale Patterns ............................................................................................................ 82
The D sus 4 Chord ................................................................................................................................ 83
The G/B Chord ...................................................................................................................................... 83
CHORD EXERCISE #39 ..................................................................................................................... 83
Sixteenth-Note Strumming Patterns ..................................................................................................... 84
CHORD EXERCISE #40 ..................................................................................................................... 84
CHORD EXERCISE #41 ..................................................................................................................... 84
CHORD EXERCISE #42 ..................................................................................................................... 84
APPENDIX
SCALE DIAGRAMS ........................................................................................................................... 86
BARRE CHORD DIAGRAMS/PHOTOGRAPHS .............................................................................. 87
CHORD DIAGRAMS (Open Position Chords) ................................................................................... 88
CHORD PHOTOGRAPHS (Open Position Chords) ........................................................................... 89
FRETBOARD DIAGRAM (Natural Notes) ......................................................................................... 90
FRETBOARD DIAGRAM (Including Sharps and Flats) .................................................................... 90
KEYBOARD DIAGRAM .................................................................................................................... 90
 
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