Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review of the GUITAR FOR KIDS GUITAR METHOD by Bob Morris & Jeff Schroedl

Photo Credit: Hal Leonard

Rating: 5 out of 5

For awhile I've wanted to find a really good resource to teach my young children how to play guitar. The GUITAR FOR KIDS GUITAR METHOD by Bob Morris and Jeff Schroedl is a Hal Leonard Guitar Method, and it's one of the only guitar method books I've come across designed specifically for kids.

The book starts with all the standard info of how to hold the guitar and how to hold the pick, as well as what's what on the guitar. But what I love about this book is the starting point for kids to learn the guitar. Instead of starting with full chords, the book starts with simple 3-string 1-finger chords. After learning a couple of those chords, my kids can start switching between them and with the teacher's melodies played along, they can feel like they're making music. In fact, the book includes snippets of popular songs throughout to help kids learn actual music. There's even a CD with tracks of each of the exercises so they'll know what the exercises are supposed to sound like, and they can play along.

After learning a few chords they begin learning notes and melodies. By the end of the method they'll be playing songs in the included songbook. I was really excited about this book, and I think it's a great resource for teaching children how to play the guitar.

To purchase this book, head to Music Dispatch or your local music store.

Review copy provided by Hal Leonard Books

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