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Jerry Snyder's Guitar School: Ensemble Book 1 - Book Only

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Jerry Snyder's Guitar School
By Jerry Snyder

Well-respected educator and best-selling author Jerry Snyder has put together the most versatile guitar method available. This comprehensive method for classroom or individual study comes in two sections: the first section teaches chords and accompaniment, while the second teaches note reading. This flexible method allows you to start with either section or use both sections simultaneously. The Teacher's Guide helps the instructor develop and organize a guitar class curriculum and provides background on the guitar class, teaching tips, elements of music and how to address the National Standards for Arts Education. The Teacher's Guide also includes 48 pages of reproducible worksheets. The ensemble book offers graded duets, trios and quartets as well as optional parts for bass.

Book 1 Contents: (Grade is in parentheses)

Allegro (2), Be Thou with Me (2), Angels We Have Heard on High (2), Blues for Bobbie (2), Canon (2), Canon-Bona Nox (2), Carol of the Bells (2), Chanuka Song (1), Choucoune (2), Country Gardens (2), Gavotte I (2), Go Tell It on the Mountain (1), Gymnopedie I (2), Kemp's Jig (1), Minuet (2), Minuet (1), Russian Dance "Trepak" (2), Sleep of the Little Doll (2), Some Kind of Sunset (1), St. Anthony Chorale (1), St. James Infirmary (2), Strawberry Moon (2), Study (2), West Coast Blues (2)

Book 2 Contents: (Grade is in parentheses)

Bethena (2), Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (3), Deary Rag (2), Habanera (3), Sarabande and Variations (2), Shepherds Hey (3), Sleeper's Awake (2), Sonata Quasi una Fantasia (3), St. Louis Blues (3), Tango (3), Theme from Danza Espanola No. 5 (2), Ukranian Carol (2)

About the Grading:

Grade 1: Selections are in first position; key signatures are limited to C, Am, G and Em; there are a limited number of accidentals; parts include fairly simple rhythmic figures.

Grade 2: Range is slightly extended; key signatures include C, Am, G, Em, D and Bm; more accidentals are used; parts contain some syncopation and complex rhythmic figures; parts require some independence; easy arpeggio and chordal accompaniments are included.

Grade 3: Selections include upper positions and simple shifts; key signatures include C, Am, B, Em, D, Bm, A, E, F and Dm; there is more chromatic movement; parts contain more syncopation and complex rhythmic figures; parts require more independence; half barres for short periods; more complex arpeggio and chordal accompaniments. 

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