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I teach guitar for a living. There are many books that work for my older classes, but my 5th grade guitar class has always been a struggle. None of the books I've tried have been both easy enough fun enough for that age group. Up til now i've been writing out songs myself for them to use. I got this book today, and i'm looking through it, and I'm very excited with what i'm seeing. Next school year, I'm getting a classroom set of this book for sure. Young kids are usually not that hard to please - as long as the song is familiar to them and not too hard, they will usually enjoy it. For young students, it's all about just getting their fingers moving and helping them build coordination and strength while having a positive experience. The sight reading skills will come later.
I will say, I did wish there was a simplified chords chart in the back. The chords in here are not difficult for most, but for small students it can take a few of months sometimes to be able to switch between full chords smoothly, so it would be nice to have a chart of 3 or 4 strings chords so they can jump right in. But that's not a big enough deal for me not to give this book a five star rating, because it's just what I needed. This author deserves a medal!
Finally! A guitar songbook for kids or total beginners that really is easy! Gives students lots and lots of practice with real chords, tabs and notes- perfect for teaching beginning guitar to children ( or anyone who doesn’t mind nursery rhymes). Thank you!!! Perfect!
I'm an older person beginning the guitar. After using this book for less than a week, I had learnt all the chords in the book (about 15). It has the chords, tabs, notes and words in it. The book is obviously geared towards children learning the guitar as the songs are mainly children's but I found it brilliant. New chords are introduced every few songs so that you get used to playing one before moving onto the next. I would definitely recommend this to an absolute beginner like me.
I love the tabs in this book as im a new guitar player and recently I play 1 finger and 1 string songs, this book has helped me to follow on from that and it feels good knowing it sounds decent and I have only been playing a week or so. If you want to give children some good tunes, id say start here and expand. The reason why I did not rate 5 stars was because I'm left handed and was hoping to find a left handed tabs and chords. My Advice: For tab learning start slow and have a listen to some songs before attempting to play as your tab songs will heavily depend on how quick/slow you strum. Great product!