“Ever wanted to Play the Guitar?
wait – Jump in and Start Jamming!”
“No Need to ‘Practice’ at Home – Just ‘Play’ your Instrument
& you’ll Get Good!”
Learn by listening, watching and playing!
Learn to read music tablature & sheet music
Lessons include ‘Jamming’ with fiddle, mandolin, ukulele &/or guitar accompaniment
As students progress they can sign-up for
Students can also audition to perform at festivals...
Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method 1:
Americana, Classical, Rock ’n’
Roll, Folk, Musicals & Country
Book includes: left hand fingering & picking exercises, note reading basics, bass string
rhythms, rock rhythms, boogie style rhythms, simple 3 & 4 string chords, strumming patterns and a fun mix of songs to
pick &/or strum: Beautiful Brown Eyes, Alouette, Aura Lee, Ode to Joy, Down in the Valley, Oh Susanna, Good Night
Ladies, Daisy Bell, Laughing Polka, The Yellow Rose of Texas, The Blue Danube Waltz, Can-Can, She’ll Be Coming’
‘Round the Mountain, Happy Birthday to You, Pachelbel’s Canon, Over the Rainbow, Amazing Grace, Minuet (Bach),
Buffalo Gals, La Bamba, Auld Lang Syne, Singin’ in the Rain, Take Me Home Country Roads (John Denver) and more…
Flatpicking Guitar Songs:
Book includes: Picking/Strumming patterns, how to play notes in the following ways
- hammer on, pull off, slide and bend. The book also includes chord charts, standard notation and TABs for easy reading.
Learn 3 songs with the Carter style of playing the guitar by hitting the melody with the bass notes
and strumming: Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Wildwood Flower and Home Sweet Home.
Songs (playing mostly melody notes rather than strumming chords.)
Cripple Creek, Red Haired Boy, Nine Pound
Hammer, Black Mountain Rag, Salt River… Fiddle Students or Friends/Family
Members of Fiddle Students
For students who are also learning
to play the Fiddle/Violin or who have a family member or friend who is learning to play the fiddle, they can learn how to
play backup rhythm &/or flatpick songs on the guitar from the following book series:
American Fiddle Method
Americana, Appalachian, Bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic, French-Canadian & Irish…
Angelina Baker, Crawdad
Song, Bonaparte’s Retreat, Girl I Left Behind Me, Southwind, Red Haired Boy, Turkey in the Straw, Liberty, Arkansas
Traveler, St. Anne’s Reel, Fisher’s Hornpipe, Kesh Jig, Star of the County Down, Westphalia Waltz, Ragtime Annie,
and many more!!!
** The Acoustic Folk Guitar has steel strings and is used for playing country,
bluegrass & folk music…
(There are also
Acoustic/Electric Folk Guitars, which can be plugged into an amp for performing but also sound good without being plugged
For ages 9-12: Size ¾ Acoustic Folk Guitar with extra
light steel strings for ease of playing.
For ages 13-Adult size ¾ or a mini/travel Acoustic Folk Guitar for ease of playing and taking
If you already have a guitar
but don't know which kind it is, look at the headstock and compare it to the photos below.
The second photo is the headstock of the Classical/Spanish
Acoustic Guitar which has nylon strings and is used for playing Spanish & classical music… It has a wider
fretboard than an Acoustic Folk Guitar, which can make it harder for youth and beginners to play.
For NSTC Lessons students need to have their own good sounding playable Acoustic Folk Guitar in order
to make the most of their lessons and also for their own enjoyment of playing at home…