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Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 28 user ratings
ISBN:0992834392
LANGUAGE:English

" Overall this was a very good book to learn guitar for children. To be honest I have also been using it to learn myself. Detailed and easy to read and understand. Looking forward to any follow ups to this one as skills increase. " said.

" Great begginers guide to playing like a proThis is a well written and designed book that will teach any beginner the art of playing the Guitar. This is a guide for the young and the old and anyone in between. Well presented and easy to follow and understand. I initially got this for my teen but my 8 year old is also learning and having a great time doing it. This is a great tool in helping with the instructions of playing. Would recommend if you want to learn to play. " said.

"Everything you need to know to start paying the guitar

Author/musician Gareth Evans has written 14 books on the fundamentals and intricacies and secrets of guitar playing. As he has stated on his special GoliathGuitar site, ‘I began creating guitar lessons in my spare time and publishing them in 2009. Since then I have developed my productions and gathered enough followers to make this my full time profession. I happily quit my day job in late 2013. I have managed to keep all of my productions free so far by relying solely on advertising revenue and voluntary donations. I have a huge appreciation for the support and the kindness of my followers. In return for their loyalty I have committed my future to continuing to produce the best quality guitar tuition for free.’ This book may be for kids, but for the novice guitar player it is very supportive. Chris Evans supplies the accompanying cartoons.

In his introduction Gareth states, ‘This book can be used by an individual as well as by a teacher for 1-1 or group lessons. The musical pieces in this book have audio tracks in styles like Rock, Blues, Pop, Flamenco, Jazz and Reggae. You won’t find “Three Blind Mice” or “Row Row Row your Boat” styles in here (well at least not until the sight reading section!). In some of the Demo tracks guitar effects are used but all the pieces can still be played with an acoustic guitar. The book goes into a bit of detail about technique but is presented in a clear and fun way. Hey, you might as well get it right from the start rather than develop bad habits! Although sight-reading from normal notation is popular within most children’s guitar method books this one doesn’t deal with it until near the end. Before that however, sight-reading the rhythm from normal notation is looked at in the Chords section, which should make the sight-reading at the end a little easier.’

Gareth explains and illustrated with photographs the various types of guitars in his Buying your First guitar section, then turns to Parts of the Guitar, Tuning your Guitar, How to Hold the Guitar, Plucking the Strings, Tablature, Alternate picking, Fretting Hand Technique, Chords, Power Chords, and finally Sight reading. His combination of photographs, illustrative drawings and audio components make this a very accessible book for beginners. He takes the time to show his hands in the position for chords so there is no confusion, as there might be if words alone were used.

Excellent verbiage, entertaining and very instructive guidebook.
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" This is a cute book on how to learn to play guitar. It is one of the best how to play guitar books I have seen for children or anyone at any age. The book did a fairly good job to help with the basic music concept and terms for playing and reading. But there were a few words where I felt they shouldn't have been used or maybe have provided a definition. One example is pentatonic scale. Still a great book with examples. " said.

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