This is the first in a series of beginning method books that uses traditional American music to teach authentic techniques and songs.
From the folk, blues and old-time music of yesterday have come the rock, country and jazz of today. This method will give you a foundation for understanding, playing and enjoying these essential traditions and styles on the instrument that truly represents American music: the acoustic guitar. Working in both tablature and standard notation, you'll learn how to find notes on the fingerboard, a variety of basic chords and strums, country backup basics, waltz time, and melodies with half notes and rests.
At the end, you'll know dozens of the tunes that form the backbone of American music and you’ll be able to play them using a variety of flatpicking and fingerpicking techniques!
Whether you are studying with a teacher or on your own, this comprehensive approach with graded lessons and supplementary songs is the tool you need to get started!