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The Guitar Workbook


A Fresh Approach to Exploration and Mastery

Scott Seifried

02 November 2017

ISBN: 9780190660826

176 pages

In Stock

Price: £24.49


Designed for the music classroom teacher, The Guitar Workbook provides a practical toolbox for teaching guitar over the course of a school year. Organized into 20 lessons, the book offers tips on topics such as teaching pick-style playing, open chords, finger-style technique, and power chords, among many others.

  • Presents a new and contemporary approach to guitar study in a classroom setting
  • Includes creative projects for class use throughout the year
  • Offers popular music examples to connect with students

About the Author(s)

Scott Seifried, Director of Guitar Studies, James W. Robinson Jr. Secondary School

Scott Seifried teaches classroom guitar at James W. Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. He has served on the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Guitar-In-The-Schools Committee; the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Guitar Council, and was a contributor to the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) National Standards for Harmonizing Instruments, in addition to being a clinician for the Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA).

Table of Contents

    Lesson 1: Holding the Guitar, Making a Sound and Reading Tablature
    Lesson 2: Reading Fretboard Diagrams and Playing Chords
    Lesson 3: Reading Staff Notation
    Lesson 4: Open Position Chords; Foundational Shape (FS) 3
    Lesson 5: Playing Two Notes Together
    Creativity Project I
    Lesson 6: Eight Note Rhythms, Alternate Picking, and Chord Strumming
    Lesson 7: The Half Barre; Foundational Shapes 4 and 5
    Lesson 8: Open Power Chords, the A Pentatonic Minor Scale, and twelve-Bar Blues
    Lesson 9: Building Triads, Harmonizing melodies, and Recognizing Chords Written on the Staff
    Lesson 10: Slash Chords, Suspensions, and Rests
    Creativity Project II
    Lesson 11: Finger-style Playing, Rest Stroke and Open Bass Strings
    Lesson 12: Embellished Chords and Advanced Strumming Patterns
    Lesson 13: Completing Open Position
    Lesson 14: Major Scales, Key Signatures, and Accidentals
    Lesson 15: Creating Bass Lines and Power Chords
    Creativity Project III
    Lesson 16: Right Hand Arpeggios
    Lesson 17: The Full Barre
    Lesson 18:Two Octave Scales - A and E Major
    Lesson 19: Music in Two Parts
    Lesson 20: Roman Numerals, Transposition and Chromatic Pitches
    Creativity Project IV
    Appendix A: Assessment Rubrics and Grading
    Appendix B: Suggested Resources for Further Study