Bring to Lessons

  • Composition Book or Spiral Notebook
  • Classic Guitar in a Case
  • Music Book
  • Nail File
  • Pencil
  • Tuner

For Home

  • Chair*
    Both fee should flat-foot touch the floor
  • Foot Stool* or Guitar Support
  • Metronome
  • Music Stand*
    Any will do. I recommend the Manhasset 48c short shaft music stand.

*I have a supply of these for sale to students.

Beginning Books

Most  students begin with one of the following books.

  • Enjoy Playing Guitar Tutor Book 1. Debbie Cracknell. Oxford University Press.
  • New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children. Sonia Michelson. Mel Bay.
  • Suzuki Guitar School, Vol 1: Guitar Part & CD. Seth Himmelhoch, et al. Alfred Music.

The specific book will be determined at the first lesson. There are others that will be required from time to time.


Additional Books

Below are other books that may be required from time to time depending on the student and path. Always choose the option that includes a CD or audio so that the student can listen at home.

  • ABRSM, Guitar Exam Pieces from 2019 (Grades 1-8)
  • ABRSM, Music Medals Guitar Ensemble Pieces (5 Levels: Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum).
  • ABRSM, Time Pieces for Guitar (Vol. 1-2).
  • ABRSM. Guitar Syllabus from 2019 (pdf)
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar Tutor Book 1. OUP.
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar Tutor Book 2. OUP.
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar: Going Solo. OUP.
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar: Time for Two. OUP.
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar: Christmas Crackers. OUP.
  • Cracknell, D. Enjoy Playing Guitar: Ensemble Games. OUP.
  • Jennings, J. The Guitarist’s Link to Sight Reading. Jennings Pub.
  • Michelson, S. Easy Classic Guitar Solos for Children. Mel Bay.
  • Michelson, S. New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children. Mel Bay.
  • Michelson, S. (Ed.). Young Beginner’s First Repertoire for Classic Guitar. Mel Bay.
  • RCM. Classical Guitar Repertoire and Etudes (Levels: Preparatory through 8, 2018 Edition).
  • RCM. Classical Guitar Technique (2018 Edition).
  • RCM. Classical Guitar Syllabus, 2018 Edition. (pdf)
  • Suzuki. Nurtured by Love. Shin’ichi Suzuki. Alfred Music.
  • Suzuki. Suzuki Guitar School Guitar Part & CD (Volumes 1-8) . Seth Himmelhoch, et al. Alfred Music.
  • Suzuki. Suzuki Ensembles for Guitar (Volumes 1-?). Simon Salz. Alfred Music
  • Yaus, G. 101 Rhythmic Rest Patterns In Unison for Band Bb Trumpet (Baritone T.C.). Belwin  Publishing / Alfred Music.

Abbreviations:

  • ABRSM – Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
  • OUP – Oxford University Press
  • RCM – The Royal Conservatory of Music