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

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

by Gareth Evans

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Overview

This is the Black and White interior version. The Colour version is ISBN 978-0-9569547-2-5

Guitar For Kids is a fun all-colour guide on the first steps of learning to play Guitar with over 70 photographic examples, purpose-made diagrams and cartoons. Starting with advice on buying your first guitar, how to hold the guitar and how to tune it, the music then begins with easy-to-play melodies using only open strings (open strings means only the plucking hand is used), before moving to simple pieces in which the fretting hand is also used. The book goes into detail for some basic techniques because you're better off getting it right from the start rather than develop bad habits.

- Tablature Based

Guitar for Kids uses mostly guitar tablature making this popular instrument more easily accessible for beginners (as do most adult guitar method books). The rhythmical aspect of Sight-reading is covered within the Chords section which eases-in the later Sight-reading section because the only new thing to learn will be reading different notes from the musical staff.

- Audio & Video

Guitar for Kids comes with 47 downloadable audio tracks with musical pieces in styles such as Rock, Blues, Pop, Flamenco, Jazz and Reggae. Each piece has a full band demo track and accompanying backing track with guitar part removed for you to play over. The songs also have video examples.

- What Else?

EZ chords are covered (easy chords with less notes) and are accompanied with diagrams of the full versions for later on, or if you feel like a challenge. There’s an introduction to Power chords with Rock pieces to play named after healthy greens “Broccolli Rockilly” and “Rocket Salad”. There's a Blues and Rock duet with backing band tracks to play with a friend, and at the end there is a Quiz, no cheating!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992834395
Publisher: Gareth Evans
Publication date: 08/20/2016
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 359,246
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Buying your First Guitar

Parts of the Guitar

Tuning your Guitar

How to hold the Guitar

Plucking the Strings

Tablature

Smoothy

Bright

Alternate Picking

Malageuna

Up and Down

Fretting Hand Technique

Canon in A

Fret Rock

EZ Blues

Cowboy Stroll

House of the Rising Bun

Chords

G major

C major

G7

E minor

A minor

D major

EZ Reggae

EZ Rock

EZ Blues for Two

Power Chords

Broccoli Rockilly

Rocket Salad

Sight Reading

Notes on high E string

Notes on B string

Notes on G string

Old MacDonald

Ode to Joy

When the Saints

Hot Cross Buns

Quiz and Answers

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Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video by Gareth Evans is an introductory book for children who know little or nothing about guitars. It illustrates how to hold a guitar, the parts of the guitar, and general use. The book is divided into sections that include learning tablature, chords and individual guitar notes. Although it could be confusing for a first time user being exposed to the various methods of playing, I think this is a valuable asset. Adults can help guide a child to learn the style most preferred for starting. But it also allows the musicians to learn other methods of guitar playing as they progress in their learning. I’ve taught guitar to students for years, and found this to be an inviting book, colorful and fun enough to keep the excitement alive in a new musician. The instructions are easy to understand and the songs will be familiar to most young people. The other aspect this book brings is the music that can be played along with the lessons. This ranges from very beginner to basic, but incorporates a wide variety of music styles. This type of technology will likely help the students keep their interest in guitar playing longer, especially if they are able to play songs they are familiar with. It’s important that adults stay involved with the student’s learning, as no book can replace a teacher completely. Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video by Gareth Evans provides the resources needed for a foundation in guitar.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite There’s a lot to know about buying a guitar and learning how to play it, but once you get started there’s definitely nothing more rewarding. With a good book that can help you through, step by step, so you can get from never playing a guitar in your life to playing a whole song for your family and friends, you can start to grow. With this book you’ll learn everything from how to select your guitar and hold it, to how to pluck the strings and read the music. You’ll start playing quickly and easily and you’ll have audio available so you can hear what it’s supposed to sound like (in case maybe it doesn’t). Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video by Gareth Evans doesn’t need to just be for kids. This is a book that anyone looking to play the guitar is going to want to check out. You can learn a lot about how to play and have some fun while you’re at it. Before you get to the end, you’re going to know everything you need to in order to have some fun with your guitar. Not only that, but you’re going to have all the knowledge you need to pick up another book and just start playing. This is going to be the only teaching guide that you’ll need and you’ll be playing songs by the end. What could be better than that? Guitar For Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video by Gareth Evans gives you the book itself plus audio lessons that will help you hear what everything should sound like, so you can learn by hearing as well as reading.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video is an educational music instruction book for children written by Gareth Evans. Free downloadable audio and video files are easily accessible for use along with the lessons found in the book. Evans covers just about everything a kid needs to know about getting into guitar playing. He begins by describing the different types and sizes of guitars available and the differences between each type. The parts of the guitar are pointed out, and the correct ways to tune and hold your guitar are clearly demonstrated. Evans shows both the correct and incorrect ways to hold the guitar pick. He introduces tablature at the beginning of the coursework, rather than getting directly into sight-reading, to streamline the educational process and does get into sight-reading later on in the text. Each of the songs offered is demonstrated on a YouTube video. Evans also gives instruction on timing and how to correctly determine the length of notes. Gareth Evans’ Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video had me remembering the guitar I got when I was a kid and wishing I could have had access to this book at the time. My reaction on watching the first of the YouTube videos that accompany this book was sheer awe. Evans understands the need for aspiring musicians to feel a connection to music -- and to get it quickly -- and his backup tracks and carefully selected songs make it happen. With practice, attention to timing and mastering the single notes needed, a beginning guitarist can experience the magic that is being part of the music -- from the very first lesson. I took a number of group guitar classes as a kid, and nothing came close to the caliber and quality of the instruction offered in this book. Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video is most highly recommended.