SmartStart Guitar - Book/CD


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SmartStart Guitar
By: Jessica Baron Turner
32 Pages

Every kid wants to play guitar, and this innovative new instructional method lets them do just that! It's designed for use in the general music classroom, and is developmentally structured to get all beginning guitar students playing and singing from the very first lesson, no matter what their level of experience. Whether you have a small group or a classroom full of students, the Book/CD pak and the video will help you, the music teacher provide a quality musical experience, even if you are a beginner yourself! It's easy to use and before you know it, you'll be helping even young children to play well and build general music skills, one success at a time! For ages 5-10.


  • Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight?)
  • Frere Jacques (Are You Sleeping?)
  • Hey, Ho! Nobody Home
  • I've Been Working On The Railroad
  • Joshua (Fit The Battle Of Jericho)
  • Kum Ba Yah
  • Michael Finnegan
  • My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Old Macdonald Had A Farm
  • On Top Of Old Smoky
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Shady Grove
  • She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain
  • Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • The Drunken Sailor
  • This Old Man
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • When The Saints Go Marching In
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    Why did you choose this?
    West Music Store
    I Liked the selection of songs.
    Nancy P on Dec 17, 2012
    I Liked the selection of songs.
    Nancy P on Dec 17, 2012
    Is this a good book if you want to teach yourself?
    Deborah H on Dec 26, 2011
    BEST ANSWER: This is what our product consultant has to say:

    The whole premise of this book/CD (and the optional DVD) is to get kids strumming and learning rhythms. It doesn’t do the typical guitar method approach and teach via the regular tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E). It utilizes a tuning called open chord tuning, meaning if you strum without any fingers down, it will be a full chord. So learning the songs they have in the book is really easy to do.

    The biggest downside to this method is that it doesn’t set them up for success later if they really want to play guitar via the regular tuning.

    The book is good at teaching the parts of the guitar, how to hold a pick, and utilizing a Capo (which is necessary with open chord tuning).

    Home schools have used this method quite a bit because it doesn’t take a lot of musical knowledge from the teacher to get the students going. However, there is still that issue of learning how to play later down the road with the regular method. We hope this will help!



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