Greetings and salutations!
I hope all is well in your world. Today, I’d like to review Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1: Book/CD Pack, a book that really helped me learn how to play guitar. I suppose some background is in order.
For years, I sang in choirs and in my younger years, I played the trombone and the sousaphone in school bands but I always wanted to learn guitar. Through the years, I purchased at least four guitars, which ended up collecting dust and taking up space. Each time I “tried” to learn, I would get frustrated at my apparent lack of progress and would simply put off practicing for another day. Well, as you can imagine, I did not learn how to play guitar. Then a little more than four years ago, I decided I would take Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda (Discontinued by manufacturer) advice: “there is no try; there is only do or do not.”
So I ordered Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1: Book/CD Pack through amazon.com and started to practice patience and persistence on my Johnson JG-100-B Student Acoustic Guitar, Black, which was collecting dust and taking up space. I began to appreciate progress not perfection. Each day, I told myself “I am better today than I was yesterday”. Eventually, I learned some of the songs in the book. In a fit of confidence, I bought The Best of John Denver: Easy Guitar and started to learn his songs. I was very good but each day I got a little better and I practiced patience and persistence.
Unfortunately, I did not take very good care of my Johnson JG-100-B Student Acoustic Guitar, Black, I live in a dry climate and I should have created a more humid environment for it but I didn’t.
Enter Jane, my Epiphone Dave Navarro Signature “Jane” Acoustic/Electric Cutaway Guitar. I bought her and we began an incredible journey. I started to gain more confidence and began to enjoy playing. Eventually, I began to play and sing in front of other people! I became nervous and jittery but I did it and it was fun. Best of all, people said they like it.
Back to Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1: Book/CD Pack. This book will take you through basic yet common chords and rhythms and also teach some finger picking and lead guitar parts. It includes various styles like folk, country, rock, and blues. I recommend it as a starter book for any beginner. It helped me start playing other people’s songs and with time, I began to write my own songs. Here’s a link to the very first song I ever wrote: https://youtu.be/KBWH_2itxkw I hope you enjoy it.
The pictures above are of Jane and my John Denver song book. I loaned my Hal Leonard book to my son. He has a guitar that takes up space and collects dust. 🙂
That’s all for now; enjoy your day!
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