Guitar Basics, Book 1 is the ideal beginning guitar method. It can be used for individual or group instruction. This book presents a step-by-step systematic approach to learning just what the title says…the basics. Each new skill is a follow-up of a previously learned skill. You will learn the fundamentals including: basic chords, accompaniment skills (strumming, alternating bass, and fingerpicking), how to play single note melodies, how to read standard notation, and basic music theory to help you write your own progressions, play by ear, and transpose. All of the information in the book can be used to play all of the exercises and songs contained in the book as well as music from sheet music or songbooks. This guitar method has everything you need to get started playing the guitar.