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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Should "General Music" be Renamed "Musical Arts" or "Music Literacy"?

Two terms frequently used in the field of English are "language arts" and "literacy". When I polled my colleagues at recent literacy conference on the question of renaming general music, the majority felt that "music literacy" was more appropriate than "musical arts", although good arguments were made for both.

The argument for of "musical arts" is that it is easier for kids to understand, and that the term literacy is overused. The standards for Language arts include: reading, writing, literature (repertoire), listening and media (computer resources). In my opinion, these standards correspond nicely with the educational goals of general music.

The argument for the term "music literacy" was based more on the pillars of (reading) literacy which include: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. These pillars correspond to the music components of aural skills, notation, harmony, analysis, and technique.

The consensus of my colleagues is that either term, "arts" or "literacy" is more descriptive and positive than "general" which has a synonym of "hum-drum". I have not made up my mind yet. "Musical arts" implies making music, in a similar way to vocational arts implies making something . "Music Literacy", on the other hand, has a more academic tone to me, and music literacy surely describes the goal for our students to be "educated and cultured".

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tips for Simplifying Barre Chords.

There are multiple strategies available. Try this one:
F surf chords 11
F triad 211
F Ukulele 3211
F Nashville 33211
F Bare 1233211
--move the forms up the neck chromatically.
--Allow differentiation in the classroom based on skill level
--vary with fingerpicking, arpeggios, and rhythms.
For more on this subject see "Teaching Classroom Guitar" by Steve Eckels

What are Your Favorite Songs for Beginners?

First, we have to define "beginner".
For young beginners, melody on one string is best. I suggest Happy Birthday, The FIrst Noel, Star Wars and rock riffs like (Flaming Ice Cube). See my MEL BAY Book "Blues for the Young Beginner"
For older beginners start with 2 chord songs: Jambalaya, Ache Breaky Heart, Rock My Soul, He's Got the Whole World.
If two chords are too much, use one-chord songs. Round are good: Hey Ho Nobody Home, Row, Row, Row Your Boat etc.
For more information see "Teaching Classroom Guitar":^DB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=160709388X

How Can I Reinforce Students' Knowledge of the Staff?

1. Choose a song for your proficiency test. For this example I will choose "Song of Joy".

2. Hand out copies of the song to your students.

3. Guide them in making a REFERENCE CHART of the notes within the range of the piece. For example, starting on the third string G A B C D E F G.

4. Have the add the fret and string numbers in "fraction notation". 0/3, 2/3, 0/2, 1/2...etc. ALSO add the alphabet letters- G,A,B,C...etc.

5. Have them use the reference chart to add fractions to all the notes in the song.

6. Hint: to save time and develop peripheral vision, students should do all the C's, all the D"s etc.

7. Students should "over-learn" and memorize the piece.

8. Later, play the piece using standard notation only (without fractions), but insist that their eyes are on the music and they SPELL the note names as they play.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tablature vs. Notation

There is an ongoing debate about the place of tablature in guitar education in the public schools. My view has evolved over the past ten years of classroom teaching at the high school level.

We are charged to teach "music reading". There are many good reasons for this including lifelong learning and brain development and others.

Can tablature be a step towards reading, or a handicap that prevents reading? In my personal development I remember being extremely thankful for tablature as a teenager because it expedited my ability to play great music. When I was ready, and my technique became automatic, I improved my ability to read music, during my late high school years.

From the standpoint of reading English, we talk long before we read, therefore a case can be made for doing "whatever it takes" to musically and technically "talk" before we read. "Whatever it takes" is going to vary based on the student's past experience and skill level.

The use of tablature is in my opinion not a curse but one tool on the journey towards musical success. a school music teacher I have made it my business to become an expert at teaching music reading on the standard staff. I have done this by studying what the reading experts do in the field of language and have presented "What Music Teachers Can Learn from Reading Experts" at our local reading conference.

In short, we do a lot of "stuff" during our class time. The question is, how can I direct all my stuff towards the goal of reading? In my classes all "stuff" involves and is directed to the goal of literacy. This includes melody, technique, improvisation, solo guitar, scales, fingerpicking, strumming and ensembles. To go into all the details is beyond the scope of this blog. But you can get a better idea by obtaining my Guitar Essentials and textbook Teaching Classroom Guitar.

So in summary, accept the fact that a percentage of students will not learn to read standard notation - and don't fret about it. With the other 85% use all the other "stuff" as a way to inch towards literacy. You have a good incentive to do so - "the better they read, the less you have to talk".
Steve Eckels

Guitar Song List (500 songs) by Skill Level and Key

---Table of Contents
4 Pillars of Vocal Technique
5 Skill Levels Overview

6 Skill Level 1 Melodies by Number
7 Flaming Ice Cube
8 Distorus Maximus
9 Skydiving Fish
10 Power in G
11 Amazing Grace, Hymn
12 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
13 Love Me Tender, Elvis
14 House of the Rising Sun, Blues
15 On Top of Old Smokey, Western
16 The First Noel, Christmas
17 Scarborough Fair, English Folk Song
18 Star Wars, Movie Theme
19 Ghost Riders in the Sky, Johnny Cash
20 Bouree, Bach
21 Fur Elise, Beethoven
22 Play By Ear: Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, Row Row Row Your Boat

23 Skill Level 2 - Getting Started
24 Lion Sleeps Tonight -C- Movie Theme
25 Blue Eyes Cryin’ In the Rain -C- Willie Nelson
26 I Walk the Line -C- Johnny Cash

27 Worried Man Blues -G- Carter Family
28 Folsom Prison Blues -G-Johnny Cash
29 Good Night Irene - G- Lead Belly
30 Tom Dooley -G- Folk

31 Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens - C- Blues

32 Jambalaya -D- Hank Williams
33 Ache Breaky Heart -D-Billy Ray Cyrus
34 Surfin’ USA - D- The Beach Boys

35 Let the Good Times Roll -A- Blues

36 Man of Constant Sorrow - E - Movie Theme

37 Eleanor Rigby - Amin- The Beatles
38 El Condor Paso -Emin-Simon and Garfunkle

39 Skill Level 3 - 2 Chords per Measure
40 Big Rock Candy Mountain -C- Movie Theme
42 The Bismarck -C- Historical
42 Blowin’ in the Wind -C- Bob Dylan
43 Brown Eyed Girl -C- Van Morrison
44 Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right -C- Bob Dylan
45 Feelin’ Groovy -C- Simon and Garfunkle
46 Farther Along, Dolly Parton -C-Dolly Parton
47 Friends in Low Places -C- Garth Brooks
48 I Still Miss Someone -C- June Carter Cash
49 Jamaica Farewell -C- Reggae
50 The John B Sails -C- Reggae
51 Margaritaville -C- Jimmy Buffett
52 My Home’s In Montana -C- Western
53 Obladi Oblada -C- Beatles
54 Streets of Laredo -C- Western
55 Under the Boardwalk -C-
56 Wildwood Flower -C-Maybell Carter

57 All God’s Critters Got a Place... -G- Bill Stains
58 Amazing Grace -G-, Hymn
59 Country Roads -G- John Denver
60 Down to the River to Pray -G- Oh Brother...
61 King of the Road -G- Roger Miller
62 Marine’s Hymn -G- Armed Forces
63 Mr. Tambourine Man -G- Bob Dylan
64,65 Stand By Me -G- Guitar and Bass
66 Take Me Out to the Ball Game -G-
67 Times They are a Changin -G- Bob Dylan
68 Where Have All the Flowers... -G- Pete Seeger
69 Yellow Submarine -G- Beatles

70 Battle of New Orleans-D- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
71 Can the Circle Be Unbr...-D- The Carter Family
72 Home on the Range -D- Western
73 I’m a Believer -D-Neil Diamond
74 In the Pines -D- Lead Belly
75 Leaving on a Jet Plane -D- John Denver
76 Red River Valley -D-
77 This Land is Your Land -D- Woody Guthrie
78 The Unicorn Song -D-

79 Get Together -A- The Young Bloods
80 Git Along Little Doggies -A- Western
81 Oh What a Beautiful Morning -A- Oklahoma
82 Kumbaya -A- Folk Song
83 Silver Bells -A- Christmas Song

84 Blue Suede Shoes -E-Elvis Presley
85 Higher Ground -E- Gospel
86 Malaguena -E- Spanish Traditional
87 What I Say -E- Ray Charles

88 Ghost Riders in the Sky -Amin- Johnny Cash
89 Gilligan’s Island -Amin- TV Theme
90 Hotel California -Amin- Eagles
91 Jamin’ -Amin- Bob Marly

92 Secret Agent Man -Emin-

93 Skill Level 4 - Power Chords
94 Fortunate Son -G-Creedence Clearwater Revival
95,96 Jet Airliner -G- Steve Miller Riff Study
97,98 Johnny Be Good -G- Chuck Berry Scale Study
99 Joy to the World -G- Three Dog Night
100 Rockin Around the Chri... -G- Christmas Tune
101 Smoke on the Water -G- Deep Purple
102 Twist and Shout -G- The Beatles
103 Twist and Shout - The Beatles Triad Study
104 Wild Thing -G- Jimi Hendrix
105 You Really Got Me - G- The Kinks/Van Halen

106 Sunshine of Your Love -D-Eric Clapton
107 Sunshine of Your Love Riff Study

108 Jumping Jack Flash -A- Rolling Stones
109 Hound Dog -A- Elvis
110 Old Time Rock and Roll -A- Bob Seeger

111 Day Tripper -E- The Beatles
112 I Saw Her Standing There -E-Beatles
113 Pride and Joy -E- Stevie Ray Vaughn
114 Steppin’ Stone - E- The Monkees

115 Born to Be Wild -Steppinwolf- Emin

116 Skill Level 5 - Fingerpicking
117 Bonney Banks of Loch Lommond -C- Irish
118 Colors of the Wind -C- Pocahantas
119 Desperado -C- The Eagles
120 I Can’t Help Falling... -C- Elvis Presley
121 Let It Be -G- Beatles
122 Love Can Build A Bridge -C-
123 Love Me Tender -C- Elvis
124 Morning Has Broken - C- Cat Stevens
125 The Rose -C-
126 Simple Man - C- Lynard Skynard
127, 128 Titanic Theme -C- Movie Theme
129 Today -C- Irish Rovers
130 What a Wonderful World -C- Louis Armstrong
131 Wind Beneath My Wings -C-

132 Danny Boy -G- Irish
133 December -G- Collective Soul
134 Every Breath You Take... - G- Sting/The Police
135 Every Breath...Bass Part
136 Every Breath You Take - Riff
137 Freebird -G- Lynard Skynard
138 Hallelujah -G- Leonard Cohen
139 Imagine -G- John Lennon
140 Let it Be -G- Beatles
141 Time of Your Life -G-Green Day
142 Time of Your Life -Riff

143 Banks of the Ohio -D- Bluegrass
144 Blue Moon of Ken.. -D-Bill Monroe, Bluegrass
145 Give Yourself to Love -D- Kate Wolf
146 Inch By Inch -D-John Denver
147 One Last Breath -D- Creed easy
148 One Last Breath -D- Creed
149 Vincent -D- Don McClean
150 What It’s Like -D- Everlast
151 Wonderful Tonight -D- Eric Clapton

152 Here Without You -Amin- 3 Doors Down Riff
153 House of the Rising Sun -Amin- The Animals
154 House of the Rising Sun - Duet
155 Scarborough Fair -Amin- Simon and Garfunkle

156 Behind Blue Eyes -Emin- The Who
157 Behind Blue Eyes -Riff
158 Cemetery Gates -Emin- Pantera
159 Nights in White Satin -Emin- The Moody Blues
160 Scarborough... -Emin- English Folk Song Duet
161 Stairway to Heaven -Emin-Led Zepplin
162 Wish You Were Here - Emin- Pink Floyd
163 Wish You Were Here - Emin- Lead Guitar

164 Skill Level 6 - Faster Tempos, Triads
165 All You Need is Love -C- Beatles
166 American Pie -C- Don McClean
167, 168 Desperado -C- The Eagles Duet
169 Free Falling -C- Tom Petty
170 I Will -C- The Beatles
171 We Shall Overcome -C- Civil Rights Song
172 White Christmas -C- Christmas Song
173 Yesterday -C- The Beatles Duet

174 Bridge Over Troubled.. - G- Simon & Garfunkle
175 Frosty the Snowman -G- Christmas Song
176 Heart of Gold, Neil Young -G- Neil Young
177 La Bamba -G- Richie Valens
178 Lean on Me - G- Al Green
179 My Girl -G- Smokey Robinson
180 My Girl - Bass
181 Sunshine on My Shoulders -G- John Denver
182 Wild Word -G- Cat Stevens

183 Here Comes the Sun -D-The Beatles
184 Keep On the Sunny Side -D- Oh Brother...
185 Moon Shadow -D- Cat Stevens
186 Sweet Home Alabama -D- Lynard Skynard
187 Sweet Home Alabama -Triad Study

188 The Wind -D- Cat Stevens
189 With A Little Help From My Friends -D- Beatles

190 Jingle Bell Rock -A- Christmas Song
191 Travelin Band - A- CCR
192 For What It’s Worth -E- Buffalo Springfield

193 Sounds of Silence -Amin-Simon and Garfunkle
194 Walk Don’t Run -Emin- Surf Guitar

195 California Dreamin’ -Amin- Mammas and Papas

196 Skill Level 7 - Barre Forms
197 All My Lovin’ -C- Beatles
198 Blue Christmas -C- Christmas Song
199 Rocky Mountain High -C- John Denver
200 San Francisco, Flowers in... -C- Forest Gump
201 Sittin on the Dock of the Bay -C-Otis Redding

202 Leroy Brown -G- Jim Croce
203 Proud Mary -G- Credence Clearwater Revival
204 Tequila Sunrise -G- The Eagles

205 I Can See Clearly -D- Jimmy Cliff. Reggae
206,207 I Can See Clearly - Duet
208 I Wanna Hold Your Hand - D- Beatles
209 In My Life -D- Beatles
210 Take it Easy -D- Eagles
211 Wedding Song - D- Paul Stookey

212 Pretty Woman -A- Roy Orbison

213 Under the Bridge -E- Chili Peppers
214 Under the Bridge - Riff

215 Happy Together -Dmin- Forest Gump
216 In A Gadda Da Vida -Dmin- Iron Butterfly
217 Layla -Dmin- Eric Clapton
218 People Are Strange -Dmin- The Doors

219 Skill Level 8 - Passing Chords
220 Annie’s Song -C- John Denver
221 Bojangles -C- Jerry Jeff Walker
222,223 Bojangles -Duet
224 City of New Orleans -C-Steve Goodman
225 Don’t Know Much - Sam Cooke/James Taylor
226 Dust in the Wind -C-Kansas
227, 228 Dust in the Wind -Duet
229 Have Your Ever Seen the Rain? -C- CCR
230 Landslide -C-Fleetwood Mac
231, 232 Landslide - Picking Study
233 Lonestar -C- Nora Jones
234 Tenessee Waltz -C Country Standard
235 The Weight -C- The Band
236 When A Man Loves a Woman -C-
237 Yesterday -C-The Beatles
238 Your Song -C- Elton John

239 The Best of My Love -G-The Eagles
240 Blackbird, Beatles -G-
241 Dancing in the Moonlight -G-Movie Music
242 Puff the Magic ..... -G- Peter, Paul, and Mary
243 Puff the Magic Dragon Picking Study
244 You’ve Got a Friend -G- Carole King
245 Redemption Song -G- Bob Marley/Reggae
246 Tears in Heaven -G- Eric Clapton

247 Fire and Rain -D-James Taylor
248 How Sweet it is... -D-James Taylor
249 You Are the Woman -D- Firefall
250 Michelle -A- The Beatles

251 Gypsy Anthem -Amin- Gypsy Jazz
252 Riders on the Storm -Emin- The Doors

253 And I Love Her -Dmin- The Beatles
254 Time in a Bottle -Dmin- Jim Croce
255,256 Time in a Bottle - Duet
257 While My Guitar Gent... -Dmin George Harrison
258,259 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Bluegrass Tunes
260 Charlie and the MTA -C-
261 I’ll Fly Away -D- Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
262 Rocky Top -G-
263 Rolling in My Sweet Baby’s... -G- Bill Monroe
264 Shady Grove -Emin-
265 Sourwood Mountain -C-
266 Wreck of the Old 97 -G-220

267 Skill Level 9 - 6th, 7th and 9th Chords
268 Cattle Call Waltz -C- Western
269 Cattle Call Waltz Jazz Chords
270 Down on the Corner - C - CCR
271 Heartbreak Hotel - C- Elvis Presley
272 Limbo Rock -C- Caribbean
273 Peace Train -C- Cat Stevens
274 White Christmas -C-
275 Your Cheatin’ Heart -C- Hank Williams

276 Blue Hawaii -G- Elvis Presley
277 Crazy -G- Patsy Cline
278 Don’t Know Why, Nora Jons (G)
279 Hey Good Lookin’ -G- Hank WIlliams
280 I Hope You Dance -G- Inspirational
281 In the Still of the Night -G- 1950s the Platters
282 Jazz Blues in G major and minor
283 Jazz Blues in Flat major
284 Ring of Fire -G- Johnny Cash

285 Blue Christmas -D- Christmas Tune
286 Cold Cold Heart -D- Hank Williams
287 I Can’t Help it if I’m.... -D- Hank Williams
288 I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight -D-Bob Dylan
289 Let it Snow -D- Christmas Song
290 Only You -D- 1950s/Platters

291 I’m So Lonesome I ... -E-Hank Williams
292 Susie Q -E-Credence Clearwater Revival

293 Black Magic Woman -Amin- Santana
294 Black Magic Woman - Riff
295 Hava Nagila -Amin- Israeli Folk Dance
296 Minor Swing -Amin- Gypsy Jazz
297 Summertime -Amin- George Gershwin

298 I Shot the Sheriff -Emin- Eric Clapton
299 I Shot the Sheriff - Riff
300 Moondance -Emin- Van Morrison
301 Moondance -Duet
302 Evil Ways -Gmin- Santana

303 Skill Level 10 - Jazz Chords
304 The Christmas Song -C- Mel Torme
305 Georgia On My Mind -C-Ray Charles
306 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -C-
307 Oh Suzanna -C- James Taylor reharmonization
308 Somewhere Over the Rainbow -C- Duet
309 Somewhere Over the Rainbow -Vocal
310 I’ll Be Home For Christmas -G-
311 Satin Doll -G- Duke Ellington
312 Sleepwalk -G- Richie Valens

313 Carolina On My Mind -D- James Taylor
314 Twilight Time -D- The Platters

315 Color My World -F- Chicago

316 Sweet Georgia Brown - B flat
317 Winter Wonderland -Bflat

318 Polka Dots and Moonbeams - Duet
319 Polka Dots and Moonbeams - E flat Frank Sinatra

320 Europa -Amin- Santana Duet
321 Light My Fire - Amin- The Doors
321 Light My Fire - Duet

323 Section 11 - Guitar Solos

324 Star Spangled Banner
326 Andante in Amin, Ferdinando Carulli
328 Romanza, Spanish Traditional
330 Leyenda, Isaac Albeniz
334 Bouree in Emin, Bach
336 Lagrima, Francisco Tarrega
337 Greensleeves, English
338 Carol of the Bells, Russian
340 Pachelbel Canon, Pachelbel
342 Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
344 Malaguena, Spanish Traditional
347 Concerto De Aranjuez, Josquin Rodrigo
350 Fur Elise, Beethoven
351 Moonlight Sonata

354 Is Anybody Out There, Pink Floyd
356 Nothing Else Matters, Metallica (easy version)
358 Nothing Else Matters (standard version)
360 Sanitarium, Metallica
361 To Live is to Die, Metallica
363 Stairway to Heaven, Led Zepplin (easy version)
365 Stairway to Heaven (standard version)
367 Over the Hills and Far Away, Led Zepplin
368 Thunderstruck, AC DC
369 Dream On, Arrowsmith
370 Always With Me, Always With You, Joe Satriani
371 Boogie Shuffle, Steve Eckels
373 Yesterday, Beatles
374 Blackbird, Beatles
377 Classical Gas, Mason Williams
380 Diary of a Madman, Ozzie Osbourne
381 When You Wish Upon A Star, Disney Theme
383 Georgia, Ray Charles
385 Sign, Eric Clapton
388 Somewhere Over the Rainbow
390 Miserlou - Surf Guitar
392 Pipeline - Surf Guitar
393 Tequila - Surf Guitar
394 Wipe Out - Surf Guitar

395 Section 12 - Famous Riffs
396 Emin - Smoke on the Water, Deep Purple
397 Emin - I Shot the Sheriff, Eric Clapton/Bob Marley
398 Emin - Gold Finger
398 Emin - James Bond Theme
399 Emin - Enter Sandman, Metallica
399 Emin - Iron Man, Black Sabbath
400 Amin - In a Gadda Da Vida, Iron Butterfly
400 Amin - Sunshine of Your Love, Eric Clapton
401 G - La Bamba, Richie Valens; My Girl, Smokey Robinson

Reference Pages
402 Alphabetical Chord Reference
403 Quick Start Chord Progressions
404 Plectrum Rhythm Study
406 Finger Picking Patterns

2007 Additions:
407 Amarillo by Morning, George Straight (D)
408 Daughters, John Mayers (D)
409 Do Re Mi, The Sound of Music (C)
410 Don’t Fence Me In, Texas Swing (D)
411 Kansas City, Blues (A)
412 Me and Bobby Mcgee (C)
413 Purple People Eater, Novelty (E)
414 Route 66, Nat King Cole (E)
415 San Antonio Rose, Texas Swing (G)
416 Wayfarin’ Stranger, Spiritual (Amin)
417 Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd (G)
418 Why Georgia , John Mayers (G)

2008 Additions:
418.2 Autumn Leaves, Jazz Standard (Amin)
419 By the Rivers of Babylon, Reggae (G)
420 Colorado Trail, Western (C)
421 Don’t Know Why, Nora Jones (Bb)
422 Fields of Gold, Sting (C)
423 Gone Forever, Three Days Grace (Bmin)
424 Good Hearted Woman, Waylon Jennings (D)
425 Hey Jude, The Beatles (425)
426 I Can’t Get Started, Bix Biderbeck (A)
427 I’m Yours, Jason Mraz (G)
428 Iris, Goo Goo Dolls (D)
429 Keep Your Hands on the Plow, Spiritual (Amin)
430 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Bob Dylan (G)
431 Lemon Tree, Reggae, Peter, Paul and Mary (D)
432 Luckenbach Texas, Willie Nelson (D)
433 Me and Bobby Mcgee, Janis Joplin (C)
434 Morning Has Broken, Cat Stevens (G)
435 My Own Two Hands, Jack Johnson (G)
436 My Own Two Hands, Reggae Version, Jack Johnson (Emin)
437 Okie From Muskogge, Merle Haggard (C)
438 Oh Darlin,, The Beatles (A)
439 On the Road Again, Willie Nelson (C)
440 Run for the Roses, Dan Fogelberg (C)
441 Scarborough Fair, Simon and Garfunkle (Amin)
442 Seven Spanish Angels, Willie Nelson (D)
443 Stardust, Nat King Cole (G)
444 Sway, Michale Buble (Amin)
445-446 Tears in Heaven, Clapton, Solo verson (G)
447-448 Tennesse Flat-top Box, Rosaanne Cash
449 The Very Thought of You, Tony Bennet (Eb)
450 Touch of Gray, Greatful Dead (A)
452 Wherever You Go, Girl Band (G)
453 Wade in the Water, Spiritual (Dmin)
454 Wayfarin’ Stranger, Spiritual (Emin)
455 Simple Gifts (D)
456 Route 66, Nat King Cole (E)
457 Fly Me to the Moon, Frank Sinatra (A)
458.1 Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’ ole (C)

2009 Additions
458.2 Beauty and the Beast (vocal), Disney (A)
459-460 Beauty and the Beast (instrumental), Disney (A)
461 Cat’s in the Cradle, Harry Chapin (E)
463 Crazy On You (solo intro), Heart (Amin)
464 Daydream Believer, The Monkeys (G)
465 Eye of the Tiger, Amin
470 Four Strong Winds, Neil Young
471 Harvest Moon, Neil Young
472 Huron Carol (Emin)
473 I’d Rather be with You (C)
474 It’s Now or Never, Elvis Presley (G)
475 Jumper, Third Eye Blind (F)
476 Laura’s Theme, Movie Theme
477 Needle and the Damage Done, Neil Young (D)
478 Norwegian Wood, The Beatles (D)
479 Ohio, Neil Young (Dmin)
480 Say it Ain’t So, Weezer
481 Simple Man, Lynard Skynard (Amin
482 Sitting Waiting Wishing, Jack Johnson (Amin)
483 Three Little Birds, Bob Marley (A)
484 Under the Sea, Vocal, Disney (G)
485 Under the Sea, Instrumental, Disney (D)
487 Up Around the Bend, Creedence (D)
488 Venus, Shocking Blue (Emin)

2010 Additions
489 All Along the Watchtower, Dylan (C#min)
490 Cold Shot, Stevie Ray Vaughn
491 Collide, Howie Day (C)
492 The Cruel War, Peter, Paul and Mary (G)
493 Fool For You Anyway, Foreigner (B)
494 Hey There Deliliah
495 On the Beach in Hawaii, Ziggy Marley (Amin)
496 I Believe in You, Don Williams (G)
497 I Don’t Need No Doctor (riff), John Mayer (E)
498 If I Had a Hammer, Peter, Paul and Mary (C)
499 I’ll Follow You Into the Dark, Death Cab For Cutie (C)
500 Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier Peter Paul and Mary (Emin)
501 The Joker, Steve Miller (G)
502 Monsters, Band of Horses (D)
503 More Than a Feeling (riff) Boston (D)
504 New Soul, Yael Naim (C)
505 Play That Funky Music White Boy, Wild Cherry (E)
506 Rhiannon, Fleetwood Mac (Amin)
507 Star of the County Down, Celtic traditional (Amin)
508 Star Spangled Banner (Eckels arr.) (E)
511 Sweet Child of Mine, Guns and Roses (B)
512 The Metal (riff), Tenacious D (E)
513 Under the Sea (easy version), Disney (G)

2011 Additions
514 100% Cowboy (D)
515 Across the Universe (C)
516 Ballad of the Green Beret (G)
517 Chicken Fried
518 The Call (C)
519 Deck the Halls (Christmas) C
520 Go Tell it on the Mountain (Christmas) D
521 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Christmas) A
522 Rudloph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Christmas) G
523 Up on the House Top (Christmas) G
524 We Wish You a Merry Christmans (C)
526 Come & Find the Quiet Center (D)
527 Crazy Train (Aminor)
528 December, Collective Soul
529 Don't Go Breakin' My Heart (G)
530 Hallelujah with Notes (G)
531 Hey There Delilah (D)
532 If I Die Young (C)
533 If I Were a Carpenter
534 Mamma's Song (G)
535 More Than a Feeling
536 Pay Me No Money Down (G)
537 Shooting Star (A)
538 Skinny Love (Amin)
539 Wake Me Up When September Ends
540 Waltzing Matilda
541 When You Say Nothing at All (C)
542 Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (A)
543 Yellow Submarine with Notes (G)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How Can I Get the Most of of My Method Book?

I like a method book that has several levels combined into a complete method.  This way you can go into greater depth on a given subject.
I strongly recommend making an index of the following:
Scale pages:
Rhythm pages:
Improvisation Pages:
Fingerstyle Pages:

This way your and your students can follow a topic with greater ease and depth.
For a curriculum, I use my own.  Guitar Essentials & Ensembles.