Alfred's Guitar 101, Book 1
An Exciting Group Course for Adults Who Want to Play Guitar for Fun!
By Martha Masters, with Tom Dempsey
Item: 00-42546
UPC: 038081475608
ISBN 10: 1470611317
ISBN 13: 9781470611316
PRICE: $29.99
Category: Guitar Method or Supplement
Format: Comb Bound Book
Instrument: Guitar
This comprehensive approach to basic guitar skills includes varied repertoire, theory, detailed instruction about seating and hand position, standard music notation, an introduction to tablature, basic improvisation, and teaches both the pickstyle and fingerstyle techniques. Great for college non-music majors, continuing education classes, music dealer in-store programs, and group guitar classes at the middle and high school levels.

Book 1 contains 16 units, each with a variety of repertoire, exercises, and timed tests at the end. Unit 16 provides instructions for playing 11 hit songs. Students can cut out flashcards provided at the back of the book to use for home study. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.
Unit 2: Guitar Basics & Bass Strings
Tips for Playing the Following Piece
Snow Patrol: Run
Right-Hand Position: Using a Pick
Alternative Left-Hand Fingering Choices
Tips for Playing This Song
Notes on the Open Bass Strings
Tips for Learning New Exercises
Pickup Notes
Challenge Exercise 1
Challenge Exercise 2
Theory: Major Scales
Guitar Legends: Chet Atkins
Unit 10: the 4th & 5th Strings
Tips for Playing This Song
Sheryl Crow: Strong Enough
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sweet Home Alabama
Tips for Playing This Song
Barre Chords
Ben E. King: Stand By Me
Challenge Exercise
Theory: Intervals on Open Strings 4-6
Open Strings on the Guitar
William Tell Overture
Theory: Building Chords
Tips for Playing This Song
The Eagles: Take It Easy
Using a Capo
Tom Petty: Free Fallin'
Time Test 1
Fretted Notes on the 4th String
Tips for Playing This Song
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Introduction to Chords
When the Saints Go Marching In
Amazing Grace No. 1
Concerto in D
Tips for Playing This Piece
Theory: Building Chords
Etude, Opus 60, No. 15
Unit 5: The Left Hand
In the Style of Pipeline
Time Test 4
Guitar Legends: Django Reinhardt
Unit 7: Steps & Accidentals
Whole Steps and Half Steps
Theory: Major and Minor Chords
Guitar Legends: Eric Clapton
Guitar Fingerboard Chart
Chords and Songs
Sitting Position
Strumming and Pick Technique
Unit 15: Chords & Songs
Reading Chord Charts
Enharmonic Equivalents
Rules of Accidentals
Yankee Doodle Went to Town
Theory: Minor Scales
Guitar Legends: Stevie Ray Vaughan
Unit 12: The 6th String
Fretted Notes on the 6th String
Tips for Playing the Following Exercises
Challenge Exercises
Theory: Intervals on Open Strings 1-6
Guitar Legends: Wes Montgomery
Time Test Answers
Chords Introduced in This Book
Sharps and Flats
Unit 14: Strumming
Building Chords
Tips for Playing Chords
Playing on Adjacent Strings
Tips for Playing the Following Piece
Sitting Position
Right-Hand Position: Fingerstyle
Free Stroke with the Thumb
Guitar Legends: Leo Kottke
Unit 9: Rest Stroke & Scales
Rest Stroke with the Fingers
Catalan Folksong
Maroon 5: Payphone
Tips for Playing This Song
Learning to Play and Sing
Fleetwood Mac/Dixie Chicks: Landslide
Amazing Grace No. 2
Fretted Notes on the 5th String
Tips for Playing the Following Piece
Guitar Legends: Jimi Hendrix
Unit 3: The Treble Strings
Notes on the Open Treble Strings
Coldplay: Viva La Vida
Tips for Playing This Song
John Lennon: Imagine
Free Stroke with the Fingers
Tips for Playing This Song
Technique and Reading Music
Unit 1: Introduction to Reading
Time Test 5
Guitar Legends: Paco de Lucía
Unit 8: Tablature & Shifting
Reading Tablature
New Chords
More Strumming Practice
Strategies for Learning Songs
Tips for Playing This Song
Bob Marley: Stir It Up
Tips for Playing This Song
New and Duplicate Notes on the First Three Strings
Tips for Playing the Following Exercises
Catalan Folksong
Rhythm: Basic Note Values
Time Signatures
Note Review
Peer Gynt Suite
Study Piece 1
Including Fretted Notes
Note Collection for Improvisation
Rhythmic Variations for Improvisation Line Shifting Tips
Additional Tips to Make Improvisation More Interesting
Blues in A
Ode to Joy No. 2
Tips for Playing the Following Pieces
Guitar Legends: Michael Hedges
Unit 4: Doublestops & Arpeggios
Reading and Playing More Than One Note at a Time
Using Multiple Fingers Simultaneously
Time Test 2
Key Signatures
Blues for Three
Catalan Folksong
Natural Notes on the 2nd String
Left-Hand Position and Technique
Natural Notes on the 1st String
Sorcerer's Apprentice
Melody from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
Time Test 6
Tips for Playing This Song
Using the Thumb and Fingers Together
Blues in A
Time Test 3
Guitar Legends: Joni Mitchell
Unit 6: Melodies & Chords
Theory: Minor Scales
Time Test 8
Guitar Legends: B. B. King
Natural Notes on the 3rd String
Unit 13: Slurs
Fundamentals of Reading Music: Pitch
Playing in Higher Positions
America: A Horse with No Name
Jingle Bells
Ode to Joy No. 1
Theory: Intervals on Strings 1 and 2
Theory: Major Scales
Time Test 7
Guitar Legends: Andrés Segovia
Unit 11: Key Signatures
Theory: Intervals on Open Strings 1-6
Unit 16: Improv Basics
Working Through the Improvisation Material
Blues for Three