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Text Book & Desk Reference

Teaching Classroom Guitar

262 pages
$49.95 (softcover) plus shipping Order form

The first comprehensive teaching manual for guitar, Teaching Classroom Guitar will help you engage your students with relevant content.

Designed to get the most out of your chosen method book, it can easily serve as a college textbook or as a desk reference for teachers at all levels.

Written by a master classical guitarist with fifteen years of classroom guitar teaching experience, the book provides outlines for daily, weekly, and semester planning.

An outgrowth of Steve Eckels's summer seminars for teachers, the book covers it all - from planning, assessment, and music reading to chords and music theory, jazz harmony and improvisation, remedial techniques, and more.

Reproducible templates for assessment, grid and staff paper, and worksheets make it easy to implement the instructional strategies.

The extensive listing of popular songs by grade level make choosing repertoire easy. Discover the excitement of teaching this popular and motivating instrument.

Steve with students

"A master teacher who truly loves his craft, but more than that, wants to pass on that passion to young people and those that teach them."

Levels One, Two, Three and Four

Steve with student

Weekly Proficiency Skills for Classroom Guitar Instructors
Each level covers the fundamentals of guitar in a way that is sequentially planned for classroom guitar purposes (18 weeks of skills and seven additional skills for accelerated students).

Steve Eckels' custom teaching materials, professionally engraved with Finale notation software, are available for your use for a one time fee of $99.00 plus shipping. The fee entitles you to reproduce the materials for use in a single classroom for as many years as you wish. Shipping is $5.00 per total order.

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Guitar Essentials Level One
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Skills include:
Understanding the Neck,
The Seventeen Natural Notes,
Chord Progressions with Accompaniment and Rhythm Figures,
Power Chords,
Barre Chords,
The 1-3-5-3 Arpeggio/Bass Line,
Pentatonic Scale Study,
Improvisation using "Riffs",
Hammering On,
Chord Reference Chart based on "Relative Fingerings" and
A Sing Along Song List.

Guitar Essentials Level Two
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Skills include:
Notes on all Six Strings,
Pentatonic Scale Review,
Capo Use,
Contemporary Moveable Chords,
Diatonic Chord Progressions using "Slash" Chords,
Intervals and Chord Formulas,
Bass Runs,
Banjo Style Frailing,
Travis Picking,
Slur Patterns,
Major Scales in all 12 Keys.

Guitar Essentials Level Three
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Skills include:
Advanced Slur Study,
Sixteenth Note Rhythms,
Natural Notes Using Three Notes Per String,
Contemporary Harmony Using Major and Minor Blues,
Moveable Chord Forms Based on the Fifth String

Guitar Essentials Level Four
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Skills include:
Chromatic Octaves,
Interval Study in Second Position,
Moveable Chords Based on the Sixth String,
Arranging for Solo Guitar,
Improvisation Using Riffs and Triplets,
Natural Notes in the Fifth Position, and
Playing in Two Parts

"Steve is inspiring; a pedagogical master, well thought out concepts and rationale, always modeled teaching strategies."

Volume One and Two

Guitar Ensemble

Beginning and Intermediate level.
May be used as duets, trios or quartets.
Formatted on one page.
Reading "Warm Ups" review knowledge of staff and rhythmic figures.
"Jam Sessions" provide reading warm up plus background for improvisation.
Chordal accompaniment suggestions provided.
Historical sources provided.
Holiday songs.
Three separate parts provide practice with treble, middle and bass range.
Repertoire selection of outstanding beauty.
Rehearsal suggestions provided.

Guitar Ensembles Volume One
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Warm Ups and Jam Sessions:

  1. Blues Jam in E
  2. Blues Jam in G
  3. Blues Jam in D & C
  4. My Cat Toby Jam in A minor
  5. Pachelbel Canon

Traditional Music:

  1. Amazing Grace
  2. Ash Grove
  3. Aura Lee
  4. Celtic Melody
  5. Danny Boy
  6. Down by the Sally Gardens
  7. Flow Gently Sweet Afton
  8. Hymn Tune
  9. House of the Rising Sun
  10. Hymn Tune
  11. Scarborough Fair
  12. Shenandoah
  13. The Cruel War
  14. The Water is Wide Reggae

Jam Sessions:

  1. Sea Shanty
  2. Shady Grove
  3. Waters of Babylon

Guitar Ensembles Volume Two
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Classical Selections:

  1. Gavotte, Bach
  2. Bianco Fiore, Renaissance
  3. O Solo Mio
  4. Little Waltz, Carcassi
  5. Bouree, De Visee
  6. Minuet in D - De Visee
  7. Minuetto, De Visee
  8. Preludio, De Visee
  9. Greensleeves
  10. Kemp's Jig
  11. Minuet, Purcell
  12. O Mio Babbino Caro, Puccini
  13. Song of Joy, Beethoven
  14. Siciliano Christmas
  15. Away in a Manger
  16. Carol of the Bells
  17. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
  18. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  19. Jingle Bells
  20. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  21. Silent Night