Strum Along

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Strum Along Book 1 is a comprehensive guitar tutor which was written by Irish authors Julie Ryng (author of Whistle Along and Melodies in D) and Nina Garvey.

Both are experienced primary school teachers. They have successfully used this method with groups of pupils for many years. Teachers will be able to teach themselves using this method. The teacher may then go on to give guitar classes. All songs are in the key of D (used for tin-whistle and recorder in schools). It uses the vocabulary of the school music curriculum (Ireland). There is a new song to be learned in each lesson. All songs are within a comfortable vocal range for children and adults alike. It incorporates a different style of strumming or finger-picking for each song so that the learner’s experience is broadened and deepened.

Index of Lessons in Strum Along 1:

  • About the guitar
  • Naming the strings, Song ‘Four seasons’
  • How to read chords
  • Finding your note, Song ‘Frere Jacques’
  • Three chord trick, Chord A7
  • Chord sequences, Song ‘Hush little baby’
  • Pentatonic music, Accompaniment style for 2/4 rhythm
  • Song ‘Rocky Mountain’
  • Accompaniment style for three beats in a bar
  • Song ‘Clementine’
  • Using a plectrum, Chord G
  • Song ‘Oh Susanna!’
  • The elements of music
  • Song ‘Connemara Cradle Song’
  • Reading Tablature, plucking style accompaniment
  • Song ‘Auld Lang Syne’
  • Chord E, Plucking style for waltz time
  • Song ‘Molly Malone’
  • New Strumming, song ‘Jingle Bells’
  • Tuning the guitar by relative tuning
  • Revision work, changing accompaniment styles
  • Tablature of plucking style for three / four time
  • List of suggested songs suitable for Key D

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Strum Along: Book 1, Strum Along: Book 2, Strum Along 1: Audio CD, Strum Along 2: Audio CD