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My First Guitar Book

My First Guitar Book By Mike Christiansen

A unique color-coded approach to learning guitar

Revolutionary is a term that is often used too casually, but, in the case of describing My First Guitar Book, a new guitar method written by Mike Christiansen for young students, revolutionary is an accurate description. This new method employs colors in linking finger placement on strings to chords, tablature, and standard notation. The repertoire is fun, exciting, and hip. Any teacher who looks at this method will immediately notice the innovation in concept and the sequence. It is the perfect premier for any beginning method and sets the stage in the most positive way for continued study of the instrument. After completing My First Guitar Book, the student will know nine chords, and numerous strum patterns. In addition, students will be taught how to read tablature and standard notation, how to count basic rhythms, and the notes on four strings. Mike has authored or co-authored over forty books, however, this is his first book for young children. Mike developed this new concept when giving private lessons to his grandson, Beck. By combining the material from Beck's lessons and his years of experience from teaching university courses in guitar pedagogy, birth was given to this groundbreaking text.


This product is only available for download. You will be given instructions on how to download after purchasing. The downloadable version is provided in PDF format and will be available for download for 24 hours after you have completed your order.

The total cost of the book is $10.95 ($5.95 + a $5 download fee billed as shipping).

Only $5.95
My First Guitar Book (Print Version)

My First Guitar Book (Print Version) by Mike Christiansen

A unique color-coded approach to learning guitar

Revolutionary is a term that is often used too casually, but, n the case of describing My First Guitar Book, a new guitar method written by Mike Christiansen for young students, revolutionary is an accurate description. This new method employs colors in linking finger placement on strings to chords, tablature, and standard notation. The repertoire is fun, exciting, and hip. Any teacher who looks at this method will immediately notice the innovation in concept and the sequence. It is the perfect premier for any beginning method and sets the stage in the most positive way for continued study of the instrument. After completing My First Guitar Book, the student will know nine chords, and numerous strum patterns. In addition, students will be taught how to read tablature and standard notation, how to count basic rhythms, and the notes on four strings. Mike has authored or co-authored over forty books, however, this is his first book for young children. Mike developed this new concept when giving private lessons to his grandson, Beck. By combining the material from Beck's lessons and his years of experience from teaching university courses in guitar pedagogy, birth was given to this groundbreaking text.


Only $24.95
Mastering the Guitar Teacher Supplement

Mastering the Guitar Teacher Supplement by Mike Christiansen

Regardless of the method book being used, this supplement is an invaluable resource for the new or seasoned teacher teaching classroom guitar.

This Teacher's Supplement for Mastering the Guitar Class Method provides the teacher with information needed to conduct a successful guitar class. This supplement is a valuable pedagogical resource, which guides the teacher's class presentation of material in the Mastering the Guitar Class Method. Sections in the supplement correlate with sections in the class method. Not only can the instructor learn how to teach students to play correctly with proper technique, but the supplement provides the teacher with ideas to make the learning process exciting, fun, and self-motivating. One of the unique features of the Mastering the Guitar Class Method is the implementation of cross-curriculum ideas and material. The Teacher's Supplement provides explanations to apply the cross-curriculum material in the method and provides a springboard for the teacher to be creative in teaching these cross-curriculum concepts. In addition, the latest edition of the Supplement includes 96 lesson plans which assist the teacher in creating a schedule for a guitar class.


This product is only available for download. You will be given instructions on how to download after purchasing. The downloadable version is provided in PDF format and will be available for download for 24 hours after you have completed your order.

The total cost of the book is $10.95 ($5.95 + a $5 download fee billed as shipping).

Only $5.95
GUITAR BASICS BOOK 1

GUITAR BASICS BOOK 1 with Mike Christiansen

This book is a beginning method for group or individual instruction which presents many ways the guitar may be used to accompany singing or another instrument and presents the elements used to play single note melodies on the guitar.

This book is a beginning method for group or individual instruction which presents many ways the guitar may be used to accompany singing or another instrument and presents the elements used to play single note melodies on the guitar. Though the book was written for the recreational guitarist, the intent is for the serious student to develop good technique and understand the basics well enough to continue studying the guitar. This book contains chapters on basic chords, accompaniment styles (including strumming and finger picking), and how to play single note melodies using standard notation. It is arranged in sequence so each concept is a "follow up" of a previously learned skill. If the text is used for group instruction, the student may progress at his or her own rate of speed. The student should feel comfortable playing one accompaniment style or group of notes before trying the next. In many music books and sheet music the guitarist is provided with the chords, but there is no indication of how the song is to be strummed or picked. The book provides many popular accompaniment patterns which can be used to play not only the traditional songs contained in the book, but also songs from music books and sheet music.


Only $16.95
GUITAR BASICS BOOK 2

GUITAR BASICS BOOK 2 with Mike Christiansen

This book is a "follow up" to Guitar Basics Book 1.

This book is a "follow up" to Guitar Basics Book 1. It is assumed the student is already familiar with basic chords, strum patterns, fingerpick patterns, and the notes in first position. Book 2 presents complex strum patterns, bar chords, melodies containing eighth note rhythms and more then one note played at a time. While this book contains many exercises and arrangements, you may wish to supplement it with a popular song book or sheet music to apply the material which is presented.


Only $16.95
Bossa Nova and Samba for Guitar

Bossa Nova and Samba for Guitar by Mike Christiansen

Learn the Latin Rhythms in a Few Simple Steps

This book contains the elements necessary to learn to play authentic bossa nova and samba accompaniment patterns. The material is presented in a sequential easy-to-follow format. As well as accompaniment techniques, the book contains sections on chord voicings, common progressions, and playing bossa nova and samba solos. The student is taught how to apply the techniques to sheet music and lead sheets. All of the examples are demonstrated on the accompanying CD.


Only $18.95
Complete Blues Guitar Book

Complete Blues Guitar Book by Mike Christiansen

(Book, CD and DVD included) This book and video will take you from basic concepts in blues guitar through performance level blues solos and techniques.

This book and video will take you from basic concepts in blues guitar through performance level blues solos and techniques. Chapters include: Notation and Tablature, Time Values, Strumming, Blues Techniques, The Blues Progression, Open String Power Chords, Barre Chords, Blues Turnarounds, Blues Fill-Ins, The Blues Scale/Improvising, Double Stops and Fingerpicking Blues Solos. This text is supplemented by a stereo compact disc.


Only $30.95
Complete Blues Guitar Book

Complete Blues Guitar Book by Mike Christiansen

This book will take you from basic concepts in blues guitar through performance level blues solos and techniques. Chapters include: Notation and Tablature, Time Values, Strumming, Blues Techniques, The Blues Progression, Open String Power Chords, Barre Chords, Blues Turnarounds, Blues Fill-Ins, The Blues Scale/Improvising, Double Stops and Fingerpicking Blues Solos. This text is supplemented by a stereo compact disc.


Only $23.95
Complete Electric Blues Guitar

Complete Electric Blues Guitar by Mike Christiansen

(Book, CD and DVD included) From blues rhythm guitar to soloing, this book will help you learn in a step by step manner to play blues guitar styles similar to greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Eric Clapton and others.

From blues rhythm guitar to soloing, this book will help you learn in a step by step manner to play blues guitar styles similar to greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Eric Clapton and others. You will learn the different techniques used in playing blues guitar and how to combine these elements to create your own blues solos and rhythm parts. The book contains sections on the blues progression, comping, power chords, turn-arounds, blues fills, scales, double stops, common blues licks, use of the whammy bar, how to get a blues sound, and how to build a blues guitar solo. The text is written in notation and tablature. This set includes a stereo play-along CD and 110-minute DVD.


Only $30.95
Complete Jazz Guitar Method

Complete Jazz Guitar Method by Mike Christiansen

(Book, CD & DVD) If you're getting into jazz or expanding your jazz chops, this comprehensive approach is for you.

If you're getting into jazz or expanding your jazz chops, this comprehensive approach is for you. From comping and chord voicings to single-note soloing, you will learn, step by step, the tools necessary for playing jazz guitar. The book is easy to understand and contains hundreds of great-sounding playable examples to serve as springboards for applying the concepts to jazz standards or your own compositions. Whether you're into traditional jazz or fusion, this book has it all. In notation and tablature. CD and DVD included.


Only $35.95
Complete Rock Guitar Book

Complete Rock Guitar Book by Mike Christiansen

(Book, CD & DVD) The most complete and thorough reference book on rock guitar.

The most complete and thorough reference book on rock guitar. Contains detailed teaching on licks, breaks, and fills, playing rhythm patterns and styles, lead scales for soloing, and tricks for building speed and adding color to improvisation. In notation and tablature. The companion CD is a stereo play-along recording featuring the terrific guitar stylings of Mike Christiansen backed by a rock rhythm section. The CD is well over 60 minutes and features excerpts from most of the musical selections presented in the book. Also includes a DVD with 115 minutes of video.


Only $30.95
Fingerboard Theory for Guitar: A Music Theory Text for Guitarists

Fingerboard Theory for Guitar: A Music Theory Text for Guitarists by Mike Christiansen

This book contains concepts of music theory presented in such a way as to be easily understood by guitarists.

This book contains concepts of music theory presented in such a way as to be easily understood by guitarists. All of the concepts are presented sequentially in an easy-to-follow formant using the guitar fingerboard as the visual tool. Contents include: scales, key signatures, intervals, chord construction and voicing, harmonizing melodies, chord embellishment and substitution, modes, cadences, augmented sixth chords, quartal harmony, and more. Using this book, guitarists will be able to unravel the mysteries of music theory and realize that the concepts are not so mysterious after all.


Only $15.95
Complete Guitar Scale Dictionary

Complete Guitar Scale Dictionary by Mike Christiansen

(Book & DVD) Absolutely a landmark text! Author Mike Christiansen spent countless hours researching the scale forms used in all major musical idioms and also those found in other non-Western musical cultures.

Product Description: Absolutely a landmark text! Author Mike Christiansen spent countless hours researching the scale forms used in all major musical idioms and also those found in other non-Western musical cultures. In addition to a myriad of scale forms (both conventional and rare) for major, minor, pentatonic, and blues, in-depth sections are contained on modes symmetrical altered scales, exotic scales and Japanese scales. Among the scale forms presented are Byzantine, Persian, East Indian Purvi, enigmatic, eight-tone Spanish, Prometheus, Gagaku, Zokugaku, In Sen Pou, Arabian and Balinese!! Scales are shown in notation, tablature, and diagram form. Also, rules are given for each scale showing construction and appropriate usage in relation to chordal structure and harmony. Companion DVD included featuring Mike and Corey Christiansen demonstrating improvisational applications of each scale.


Only $20.95
First Lessons Blues Guitar

First Lessons Blues Guitar by Corey Christiansen and Mike Christiansen

(Book & CD) Written for the beginning guitarist who loves the blues, this text will guide any student through the basis of playing guitar by using blues melodies and blues chord progressions.

Written for the beginning guitarist who loves the blues, this text will guide any student through the basis of playing guitar by using blues melodies and blues chord progressions. Students will learn open chords, common strumming patterns, power chords, blues scales, and how to read standard notation, and tab. An effective method for writing original blues lyrics is also provided. This text has lessons on correct posture, caring for the guitar, proper right and left-hand technique, and tuning the guitar to its self, a pitch pipe or a piano. The accompanying CD provides students a professional recording of tunes and exercises that should be used as a practice tool.


Only $8.95
First Lessons Blues Guitar

First Lessons Blues Guitar by Corey Christiansen and Mike Christiansen

(Book, CD & DVD) Written for the beginning guitarist who loves the blues, this text will guide any student through the basis of playing guitar by using blues melodies and blues chord progressions.

Written for the beginning guitarist who loves the blues, this text will guide any student through the basis of playing guitar by using blues melodies and blues chord progressions. Students will learn open chords, common strumming patterns, power chords, blues scales, and how to read standard notation, and tab. An effective method for writing original blues lyrics is also provided. This text has lessons on correct posture, caring for the guitar, proper right and left-hand technique, and tuning the guitar to its self, a pitch pipe or a piano. The accompanying CD and DVD provides students a professional recording of tunes and exercises that should be used as a practice tool.


Only $15.95
First Lessons Rock Guitar

First Lessons Rock Guitar by Mike Christiansen and Corey Christiansen

(Book & CD) Finally a method that gets students started on the essentials of guitar while focusing on the material every rock guitarist should know.

Finally a method that gets students started on the essentials of guitar while focusing on the material every rock guitarist should know. Subjects include power chords, rock scales, rock soloing, reading tab and standard notation, open chords, accompaniment strum patterns, and rock licks. Designed to educate students about guitar essentials, this lesson makes the learning fun. Chord progressions and melodies similar to rock classics make this text a must for aspiring rock guitarists. The accompanying CD gives students the opportunity and hear and play along with the pros.


Only $14.95
Guide to Guitar Chord Progressions

Guide to Guitar Chord Progressions by Mike Christiansen

This book is designed to assist guitarists in learning to change chords quickly, precisely, and smoothly.This book is designed to assist guitarists in learning to change chords quickly, precisely, and smoothly.

This book is designed to assist guitarists in learning to change chords quickly, precisely, and smoothly. Rather than a dictionary of chord voicings or a "chord finder", it will train the ear to hear and identify common chord progressions by keys, pro- viding the guitarist with a foundation for writing original music.


Only $10.95
Guitar for Seniors

Guitar for Seniors by Mike Christiansen

(Book & CD) This is a beginning guitar method. The contents of this book present the fundamentals of playing guitar in a sequence making the material logical and easy to learn.

This is a beginning guitar method. The contents of this book present the fundamentals of playing guitar in a sequence making the material logical and easy to learn. The primary difference between this method and many others is that this book is written for seniors wanting to learn to play the guitar. While many would say that getting on in years is only a state of mind, the fact is that some of the body parts (including the eyes) don't function quite the same as they did in younger years. With this in mind, the font has purposely been enlarged. Care has been taken to select repertoire familiar and appealing to a more mature audience and attention has been given to the pacing of the material.


Only $18.95
Guitar Journals - Scales

Guitar Journals - Scales by William Bay, Mike Christiansen and Corey Christiansen

The ultimate reference guide of studies and solos in several different genres.

The ultimate reference guide of studies and solos in several different genres. This huge collection of scales is perfect for guitarist's everyday use. They are all covered here: major; natural, melodic and harmonic minor; diminished; whole-tone; bebop; blues; altered; pentatonic; Hungarian; Neapolitan; Japanese; Arabian; Balinese; Byzantine; and many, many more. This is a must-have for any guitarist's collection! Hard cover, covered spiral binding and premium stock paper make this a volume so beautifully printed and bound and containing so much valuable information that you will treasure it for years to come!


Only $25.95
Guitar Scale Dictionary QWIKGUIDE

Guitar Scale Dictionary QWIKGUIDE by Mike Christiansen

A price-conscious QWIKGUIDE edition consisting of a half-size 5 1/2"x 8" reduction of Mike Christiansen's definitive book on guitar scales.

A price-conscious QWIKGUIDE edition consisting of a half-size 5 1/2"x 8" reduction of Mike Christiansen's definitive book on guitar scales. Includes all variants of major and minor scales plus pentatonic and blues scales, modes, symmetrical/altered scales, exotic scales, and Japanese scales. All scales are shown in standard notation and tab plus grid and fretboard diagrams. Includes tips on scale construction and use with appropriate chords.


Only $8.95
Mastering the Guitar - Technique Studies

Mastering the Guitar - Technique Studies by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

William Bay and Mike Christiansen have collaborated to produce an outstanding comprehensive guitar method addressing all styles of both flatpicking and fingerstyle technique.

William Bay and Mike Christiansen have collaborated to produce an outstanding comprehensive guitar method addressing all styles of both flatpicking and fingerstyle technique. Guitar teachers, take note: Mastering the Guitar series is the ideal method for the beginning student who has yet formed a stylistic preference, or for the intermediate player limited to one particular style who wishes to expand his horizons and improve his technique. An impressive double CD set with more than 80 tracks per CD is offered for both books 1A and 1B. Each written example in the books is carefully cross-referenced to its corresponding audio sample on the CD by means of a disk and track number printed above each piece. The student is encouraged to learn to read standard notation and tablature as both systems are used throughout this 3-volume series. The Technique Studies book provides supplementary, more challenging pieces including chord studies in various keys as well as a few pieces in dropped-D tuning. Together, these three books comprise a powerful learning tool for Mastering the Guitar in a contemporary idiom.


Only $13.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - Spiral Edition

Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - Spiral Edition by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(Book & DVD) Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers a vast array of guitar solo and accompaniment styles. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo and accompaniment techniques. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Volume 1A: Presents the essential foundational studies for contemporary guitar performance; Immediately introduces the student to the concept of playing contemporary music through the creative use of tablature; Logically and methodically teaches note-reading, utilizing the notes in first position on each string in numerous pages of playing material (over 155 solos and duets in the keys of C, A minor, G, and E minor); Contains more than 140 scale and picking studies, chord etudes, and accompaniment pieces, teaching contemporary techniques such as the slur, hammer-on, pull-off, vibrato and slide; Includes in-depth sections on back-up guitar and rhythm; Incorporates guitar duet material. Includes DVD.


Only $20.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 1A

Mastering the Guitar Book 1A by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers a vast array of guitar solo and accompaniment styles. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo and accompaniment techniques. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Volume 1A: Presents the essential foundational studies for contemporary guitar performance; Immediately introduces the student to the concept of playing contemporary music through the creative use of tablature; Logically and methodically teaches note-reading, utilizing the notes in first position on each string in numerous pages of playing material (over 155 solos and duets in the keys of C, A minor, G, and E minor); Contains more than 140 scale and picking studies, chord etudes, and accompaniment pieces, teaching contemporary techniques such as the slur, hammer-on, pull-off, vibrato and slide; Includes in-depth sections on back-up guitar and rhythm; Incorporates guitar duet material.


Only $13.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 1A    - A Comprehensive Method for Today's Guitarist!

Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - A Comprehensive Method for Today's Guitarist! by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(Book & DVD) Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers a vast array of guitar solo and accompaniment styles. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo and accompaniment techniques. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Volume 1A: Presents the essential foundational studies for contemporary guitar performance; Immediately introduces the student to the concept of playing contemporary music through the creative use of tablature; Logically and methodically teaches note-reading, utilizing the notes in first position on each string in numerous pages of playing material (over 155 solos and duets in the keys of C, A minor, G, and E minor); Contains more than 140 scale and picking studies, chord etudes, and accompaniment pieces, teaching contemporary techniques such as the slur, hammer-on, pull-off, vibrato and slide; Includes in-depth sections on back-up guitar and rhythm; Incorporates guitar duet material. Includes DVD.


Only $20.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 1A    - A Comprehensive Method for Today's Guitarist!

Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - A Comprehensive Method for Today's Guitarist! by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(Book, CD & DVD) Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers a vast array of guitar solo and accompaniment styles. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo and accompaniment techniques. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Volume 1A: Presents the essential foundational studies for contemporary guitar performance; Immediately introduces the student to the concept of playing contemporary music through the creative use of tablature; Logically and methodically teaches note-reading, utilizing the notes in first position on each string in numerous pages of playing material (over 155 solos and duets in the keys of C, A minor, G, and E minor); Contains more than 140 scale and picking studies, chord etudes, and accompaniment pieces, teaching contemporary techniques such as the slur, hammer-on, pull-off, vibrato and slide; Includes in-depth sections on back-up guitar and rhythm; Incorporates guitar duet material. Includes DVD.


Only $30.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - Spiral version    - A Comprehensive Method for Today's Guitarist!

Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - Spiral version - A Comprehensive Method for Today's Guitarist! by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(Book, CD & DVD) Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers a vast array of guitar solo and accompaniment styles. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo and accompaniment techniques. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Volume 1A: Presents the essential foundational studies for contemporary guitar performance; Immediately introduces the student to the concept of playing contemporary music through the creative use of tablature; Logically and methodically teaches note-reading, utilizing the notes in first position on each string in numerous pages of playing material (over 155 solos and duets in the keys of C, A minor, G, and E minor); Contains more than 140 scale and picking studies, chord etudes, and accompaniment pieces, teaching contemporary techniques such as the slur, hammer-on, pull-off, vibrato and slide; Includes in-depth sections on back-up guitar and rhythm; Incorporates guitar duet material. Includes DVD.


Only $30.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - Spiral

Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - Spiral by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers a vast array of guitar solo and accompaniment styles. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo and accompaniment techniques. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Volume 1A: Presents the essential foundational studies for contemporary guitar performance; Immediately introduces the student to the concept of playing contemporary music through the creative use of tablature; Logically and methodically teaches note-reading, utilizing the notes in first position on each string in numerous pages of playing material (over 155 solos and duets in the keys of C, A minor, G, and E minor); Contains more than 140 scale and picking studies, chord etudes, and accompaniment pieces, teaching contemporary techniques such as the slur, hammer-on, pull-off, vibrato and slide; Includes in-depth sections on back-up guitar and rhythm; Incorporates guitar duet material.


Only $13.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 1A

Mastering the Guitar Book 1A by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(Book & 2-CD) Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers a vast array of guitar solo and accompaniment styles. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo and accompaniment techniques. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Volume 1A: Presents the essential foundational studies for contemporary guitar performance; Immediately introduces the student to the concept of playing contemporary music through the creative use of tablature; Logically and methodically teaches note-reading, utilizing the notes in first position on each string in numerous pages of playing material (over 155 solos and duets in the keys of C, A minor, G, and E minor); Contains more than 140 scale and picking studies, chord etudes, and accompaniment pieces; teaching contemporary techniques such as the slur, hammer-on, pull-off, vibrato and slide; Includes in-depth sections on back-up guitar and rhythm; Incorporates guitar duet material. The companion recording is for the first volume of the comprehensive Mel Bay method of the same title. These CD's contain almost all of the solo and duet settings found in the book as performed by William Bay, Mike Christiansen, and Corey Christiansen. The recordings present an eclectic assortment of guitar styles played on steel string guitar, nylon string guitar and electric guitar. Some of the selections feature fingerpicking; others feature the use of the flatpick. Both CD's contain over 100 minutes of recorded guitar solo and duet material.


Only $23.95
Mastering The Guitar Book 1A, Spiral Edition

Mastering The Guitar Book 1A, Spiral Edition by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(Book & CD) Extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music

Extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music Teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo and accompaniment techniques. Presents the essential foundational studies for contemporary guitar performance. Immediately introduces the student to the concept of playing contemporary music through the creative use of tablature Logically and methodically teaches note-reading, utilizing the notes in first position on each string in numerous pages of playing material (over 155 solos and duets in the keys of C, A minor, G, and E minor). Includes in-depth sections on back-up guitar and rhythm; Incorporates guitar duet material; All in standard notation and TAB


Only $23.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 1B

Mastering the Guitar Book 1B by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers a vast array of guitar solo and accompaniment styles. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo and accompaniment techniques. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Volume 1B: Teaches keys of D, A, E, F, D minor, and B flat; Contains over 130 solos and duets; Contains over 40 comprehensive scale and picking studies; Includes numerous chord progression studies and chord accompaniment pieces.


Only $15.95
Mastering The Guitar Book 1B (Spiral)

Mastering The Guitar Book 1B (Spiral) by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(Book & CD) Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the internationally acclaimed Mel Bay teaching concept to the vast array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers guitar solo and accompaniment styles ranging from Celtic, to Classic, to Cajun; from Flamenco to Fiddle tunes; from Renaissance, to Rock, to Reggae; from Baroque, to Blues, to Bluegrass; from Latin, to Country, to Jazz. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo accompaniment techniques. Book 1B covers the keys of D, A, E, F, D minor, and B flat. In addition, book 1B has over 130 solos and duets and over 40 comprehensive scale and picking studies. Numerous chord progression studies and chord accompaniment pieces and etudes are also included. A companion double compact disc set is available for this book. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Mastering the Guitar 1B CD is a special double companion CD set to the new comprehensive Mel Bay method of the same title. These CD's contain almost all of the solo and duet settings found in the book and are performed by William Bay, Mike Christiansen and Corey Christiansen. The recordings present an eclectic assortment of guitar styles played on steel string guitar, nylon string guitar and electric guitar. Some of the selections feature fingerpicking; others feature the use of the flatpick. The keys covered on this recording are D, A, E, F, D minor, and B flat. Both CD's contain over 100 minutes of recorded guitar solo and duet material.


Only $25.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 1B

Mastering the Guitar Book 1B by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(Book & 2-CD) Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the internationally acclaimed Mel Bay teaching concept to the vast ar

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, exciting way to learn the guitar. Co-authored by William Bay and Mike Christiansen, this extremely comprehensive method applies the internationally acclaimed Mel Bay teaching concept to the vast array of musical styles and techniques found in today's music. Written in notation and tablature, it covers guitar solo and accompaniment styles ranging from Celtic, to Classic, to Cajun; from Flamenco to Fiddle tunes; from Renaissance, to Rock, to Reggae; from Baroque, to Blues, to Bluegrass; from Latin, to Country, to Jazz. A special feature of this method is that it teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle solo accompaniment techniques. Book 1B covers the keys of D, A, E, F, D minor, and B flat. In addition, book 1B has over 130 solos and duets and over 40 comprehensive scale and picking studies. Numerous chord progression studies and chord accompaniment pieces and etudes are also included. A companion double compact disc set is available for this book. We feel that Mastering the Guitar is the most comprehensive approach to guitar technique repertoire and performance to be found anywhere. Mastering the Guitar 1B CD is a special double companion CD set to the new comprehensive Mel Bay method of the same title. These CD's contain almost all of the solo and duet settings found in the book and are performed by William Bay, Mike Christiansen and Corey Christiansen. The recordings present an eclectic assortment of guitar styles played on steel string guitar, nylon string guitar and electric guitar. Some of the selections feature fingerpicking; others feature the use of the flatpick. The keys covered on this recording are D, A, E, F, D minor, and B flat. Both CD's contain over 100 minutes of recorded guitar solo and duet material.


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Mastering the Guitar Book 2A

Mastering the Guitar Book 2A by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(Book & 2-CD) "Absolutely the best, most comprehensive new method available for guitar."

"Absolutely the best, most comprehensive new method available for guitar." Introducing the innovative new "Zone Concept" for learning position playing. Over 150 solos and duets in the keys of C, G, D, and B minor. Companion compact disc is available. Musical styles: bossa nova, Latin, fiddle/tunes/ hornpipes/reels, Celtic music, ragtime, baroque, jazz, swing jazz ballads, American folk ballads, rock, early-American hymnody, be-bop, blues, samba, and tango. Concepts presented: basic improvisation, rhythmic variation, velocity studies, sight-reading, passing tone studies , chord progression studies, arpeggio studies, dropped-D tuning, blues, blues turn-arounds, licks/fills/ breaks, bass runs, principles of memorization, chord studies, minor pentatonic scale, principles of successful practice, priciples of successful performance, movable power chords, and rock comping. New Composers featured: J.S. Bach,Carcassi, Moaazni, Giuliani, Carulli, Vivaldi, Handel, Sor, Galilei, Tarrega, Debussy, H.L. Clark, St. Jacome, Corelli, Johann Krieger, Wohlfahrt, Jeremiah Clarke, plus guitar duos on selections from Handel's Water Music, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and selected Bach cantatas. 2 CD's included.


Only $25.95
Mastering the Guitar Book 2B

Mastering the Guitar Book 2B by William Bay & Mike Christiansen

(Book & 2-CD) Mastering the Guitar 2B is a continuation of Mel Bay's innovative, comprehensive method for learning the guitar.

Mastering the Guitar 2B is a continuation of Mel Bay's innovative, comprehensive method for learning the guitar. This volume features closed position playing in the keys of A,F-sharp,E-flat, and C-minor. In addition to an incredibly diverse variety of guitar solo material in flatpick and fingerstyle forms, Book 2B teaches chord progressions, blues turnarounds, fingerpicking blues and ragtime solos, harmonized scales and basic improvisation. Finally, a number of outstanding duets are included by masters such as Corelli, Bach, and Rameau. Mastering the Guitar 2B Double CD set is a recording to accompany the new comprehensive Mel Bay method of the same title. These CDs contain most all of the solo and duet settings found in the book as performed by William Bay, Mike Christiansen, and John McClellan.


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Mastering the Guitar Book 2C

Mastering the Guitar Book 2C by William Bay & Mike Christiansen

(Book & 2-CD) Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, comprehensive method for learning the guitar.

Mastering the Guitar is an innovative, comprehensive method for learning the guitar. Level 2 Book C includes a wealth of challenging and creative guitar solos, duets and studies in the keys of A-flat,F-minor, G-minor,D-flat, and B-flat minor. Special concepts presented in this volume include: basic improvisation, rhythmic variation, barre chords, key of A-flat/closed position, passing tone studies, harmonized scales, western swing, fingerstyle performance, chord progression studies, blues, chords, common rock and blues licks, bass string chords, Latin rhythms, and comping. Guitar solo material provided in rock, jazz, bluegrass, Latin, blues, Baroque, Renaissance, and from a wide variety of historical periods and contemporary musical styles. Mastering the Guitar 2C Double CD set is a recording to accompany the volume of the same title. These CDs contain most all of the solo and duet settings found in the book as performed by William Bay, Mike Christiansen, and John McClellan.


Only $25.95
Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1    9th Grade & Higher Edition

Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1 9th Grade & Higher Edition by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

In this class guitar method, traditional fundamentals of playing guitar are presented using an innovative approach.

In this class guitar method, traditional fundamentals of playing guitar are presented using an innovative approach. Students are shown chords and accompaniment techniques as well as how to read music and play solo guitar. The carefully graded repertoire in this book is stylistically diverse and includes music from many cultures. A section is devoted to teaching students how to improvise over blues chord progressions and write original blues lyrics. A special feature of this class method is the inclusion of music written for guitar ensemble (2-5 guitars). Musical examples are provided with blend of standard notation and tab. Musical examples do not employ standard notation and tab at the same time. An accompanying CD and Teachers' Supplement are available. After completing this volume, students should proceed to Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 2.


Only $13.95
Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1, Elementary to 8th Grade Edition

Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1, Elementary to 8th Grade Edition by William Bay & Mike Christiansen

Mastering the Guitar Class Method is a remarkably innovative new approach to teaching guitar in class settings.

Mastering the Guitar Class Method is a remarkably innovative new approach to teaching guitar in class settings. Special features of this method include: careful grading of all material; use of both standard notation and tablature; numerous guitar ensemble pieces; the combining of music with other disciplines such as history, math, English, etc.; presentation of varied musical styles as applied to the guitar; solo material from different musical periods; selections derived from various countries and cultures; graded lessons on improvising; and suggested guitar back-up and accompaniment styles. This new method meets current MENC national standards for music education. After completing this volume, students should proceed to Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 2.


Only $11.95
Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 2

Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 2 by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

Mastering the Guitar Class Method is a remarkably innovative new approach to teaching guitar in class settings. This volume begins with in-depth reviews of the keys of C, G, Am, and Em presented in Volume 1.

Mastering the Guitar Class Method is a remarkably innovative new approach to teaching guitar in class settings. This volume begins with in-depth reviews of the keys of C, G, Am, and Em presented in Volume 1. New material includes minor 7 and major 7 chords, triplets, swing rhythm, the slide, 6/8 time, 6/8 and 12/8 strums, harmonics, suspended chords, moveable power chords, and the keys of D, F and Dm. Contains comprehensive sections on pentatonic scales, improvisation, the hammer-on and pull-off techniques, the Travis fingerpicking style, barre chords, two-part harmony, block chords, fingerpicking in 3/4 time, and fingerpicking solos. As a special feature the book includes numerous guitar ensemble pieces suitable for recital or concert performance. This new method meets current MENC national standards for music education. This volume may be used as a follow-up to either edition of Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1.


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Mastering the Guitar Class Method Short Term Course

Mastering the Guitar Class Method Short Term Course by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

The Mastering the Guitar Class Method Short Course has been written for use in guitar classes which last for nine weeks or less.

The Mastering the Guitar Class Method Short Course has been written for use in guitar classes which last for nine weeks or less. Students will receive, in a condensed form, the same high quality, sequential material contained in the Mastering the Guitar Class Method. Although designed for a shorter course, great care has been taken to provide the students with a solid foundation in technique and the fundamentals of playing guitar. Contents include: holding position, chords, strum patterns, tuning, reading single note solos in tablature and standard notation, and ensembles all in a variety of music styles. The book also contains a section on playing the blues and writing original blues lyrics. Fifty five lesson plans are available on line at melbay.com and quizzes will also be made available. This text is ideal for the exploratory course and will provide the perfect springboard for further study.


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Rock Lead Scales for Guitar

Rock Lead Scales for Guitar by Mike Christiansen

(Book & CD) A fabulous technique book for the rock guitarist, Rock Lead Scales for Guitar presents an assortment of rock scales, and combines them with solos studies to develop a sense of the proper usage of individual scale segments.

A fabulous technique book for the rock guitarist, Rock Lead Scales for Guitar presents an assortment of rock scales, and combines them with solos studies to develop a sense of the proper usage of individual scale segments.


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Rock Licks for Guitar

Rock Licks for Guitar By Mike Christiansen

Constructing a rock or pop solo could be compared to baking a cake. The solo consists of several elements or ingredients which combine to make the final product.

Constructing a rock or pop solo could be compared to baking a cake. The solo consists of several elements or ingredients which combine to make the final product. The improvised solo may consist of such elements as: scales, sequences, arpeggios, double stops and licks. The material in this book will help you to master one of those elements, which is licks. Licks are a series of notes which have a catchy sound. They may be repeated over and over in the solo. They are so commonly used that they may be call rock cliches. When the licks (or rock cliches) in this book are combined with scales and other elements of a solo, they will give you solo an authentic, professional, classy sound. Audio available online.


Only $6.95
Rock Rhythms for Guitar

Rock Rhythms for Guitar by Mike Christiansen

(Book & CD) Basics and more for the rhythm guitarist.

Basics and more for the rhythm guitarist. Includes instruction in: strum patterns, bass notes, power chords and scales, barre chords, blues-rock comping, arpeggio accompaniment, doubling the bass line, single-string rhythms, and more.


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You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar by Mike Christiansen

A truly enjoyable in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar!

A truly enjoyable in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar! Learn the blues progression the blues scale, blues chords including power chords, moveable chords, and barre chords, strum patterns, and how to accompany a blues song in 6/8 or 12/8 time. Addresses blues in minor keys, fingerpicking blues, turnarounds, fill-ins, the capo, blues technique such as double stops, bending, hammering and pulling-off, blues licks, and bass line accompaniments, plus how to build and play an improvised solo. Include dozens of blues solos and 9 great new blues songs! Written in standard notation and tablature.


Only $11.95
You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar by Mike Christiansen

(Book, CD & DVD) An in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar.

An in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar. Learn the blues progression, blues chords, strum patterns, how to accompany a blues song, moveable chords, barre chords, the blues scale, turnarounds, fill-ins, the capo, double stops, blues licks, bass line accompaniments, blues techniques, how to build and play an improvised solo, and fingerpicking blues. Also included are dozens of blues solos and 9 great new blues songs! In notation & tablature. This package includes a CD and DVD.


Only $25.95
You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar by Mike Christiansen

(Book & CD) A truly enjoyable in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar!

A truly enjoyable in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar! Learn the blues progression, blues chords, strum patterns, how to accompany a blues song, 6/8 blues, minor blues, power chords, moveable chords, barre chords, the blues scale, turnarounds, fill-ins, the capo, double stops, blues licks, bass line accompaniments, 12/8 blues, blues techniques, how to build and play an improvised solo, and fingerpicking blues. Also included are dozens of blues solos and 9 great new blues songs! In notation and tablature. The companion recording is in stereo play-along format and features the earthy blues guitar and vocal stylings of author Mike Christiansen. An instructional recording, it contains all of the examples found in the book. The instrumentation on the recording is rhythm guitar, vocals, and some of the examples have a lead guitar track.


Only $20.95
You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar by Mike Christiansen

(Book & DVD) An in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar.

An in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar. Learn the blues progression, blues chords, strum patterns, how to accompany a blues song, moveable chords, barre chords, the blues scale, turnarounds, fill-ins, the capo, double stops, blues licks, bass line accompaniments, blues techniques, how to build and play an improvised solo, and fingerpicking blues. Also included are dozens of blues solos and 9 great new blues songs! In notation & tablature. This package includes the companion DVD video.


Only $20.95
You Can Teach Yourself Guitar by Ear

You Can Teach Yourself Guitar by Ear by Mike Christiansen

(Book, CD & DVD) "If someone is singing a song or playing a melody, how can I know what chords I can play with it?"

"If someone is singing a song or playing a melody, how can I know what chords I can play with it?" This is a common question asked of guitar teachers and players. If you are the guitarist at a campfire sing, if you want to learn a song from a recording, or if you want to write your own songs - this book will show you the way. An indispensable book for the guitarist who wants to learn to improvise and accompany singers by ear, music reading ability is not required to benefit and learn from this method. Includes a DVD.


Only $20.95

Collections 

Brazilian Jazz Guitar

Brazilian Jazz Guitar arranged by Mike Christiansen & John Zaradin

Number ten in the Mel Bay/Warner collaboration

A collection of beginning to intermediate arrangements for Brazilian Guitar. All tunes included in standard notation and tablature are: "One Note Samba", "Meditation", "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars", "Chega de Saudade", "How Insensitive", "The Girl from Ipanema", "A Day in the Life of a Fool", "The Island", "So Nice", "Desafinado", "A Felicidade", "Sabia" and "Gentle Rain". Tunes arranged by John Zaradin and Mike Christiansen. All tunes included on companion CD in solo and rhythm styles.


Only $19.95
Guitar Tabsongs: Classic Rock

Guitar Tabsongs: Classic Rock edited by Corey Christiansen

Fourteen classic rock favorites arranged for beginning/intermediate fingerstyle guitar.

Fourteen classic rock favorites arranged for beginning/intermediate fingerstyle guitar. These arrangements can be easily played on nylon or steel string guitar. Written in standard notation and tablature, this is the perfect book for those looking to augment their popular music repertoire with great sounding arrangements that are easy to play. This collection includes rock classics like Hotel California, Tears in Heaven, and Oh, Pretty Women.


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Guitar Tabsongs: Classic Rock for Flatpick

Guitar Tabsongs: Classic Rock for Flatpick

This collection of 15 classic rock favorites, arranged for the beginning to intermediate flatpicker, is presented here in standard notation and tablature.

This collection of 15 classic rock favorites, arranged for the beginning to intermediate flatpicker, is presented here in standard notation and tablature. Mel Bay Publications, Inc. and Warner Bros. again collaborate to bring you these classic hits to add to your repertoire: "Brown Eyed Girl", "Cocaine", "Desperado", "Evil Ways", "Free Fallin'", "Free Bird", "Have You Ever Seen the Rain", "Layla", "Rock and Roll All Nite", "Rocket Man (I Think It's Gonna Be a Long, Long Time)", "Sugaree", "Take It Easy", "Touch of Grey", "What's Your Name" and "Your Song". Arrangers include Joe Carr, Drew Andrews, Mike Christiansen, Dylan Schorer and John Purse.


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Guitar Tabsongs: Popular Country for Fingerstyle

Guitar Tabsongs: Popular Country for Fingerstyle Arrangers include Steve Siktberg, Kirk Hanser, Steve Eckels, John Carlini, Dylan Schorer and Mike Ch

Following Guitar Tab Songs: Popular Country for Flatpick, this Mel Bay/Warner joint project features 14 country favorites for the fingerstyle guitarist.

Following Guitar Tab Songs: Popular Country for Flatpick, this Mel Bay/Warner joint project features 14 country favorites for the fingerstyle guitarist. All for the beginning to intermediate player, these arrangements are presented in standard notation and tablature. The popular tunes from "then and now" are: "Butterfly Kisses", "The Dance", "Don't Take the Girl", "God Bless the U.S.A.", "I Cross My Heart", "I Hope You Dance", "I Swear", "I Will Always Love You", "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)", "Liza Jane", "Mr. Bojangles", "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys", "When You Come Back Down" and "Whenever You Come Around". Arrangers include Steve Siktberg, Kirk Hanser, Steve Eckels, John Carlini, Dylan Schorer and Mike Christiansen.


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Jazz Guitar Standards    A Complete Approach to Playing Tunes

Jazz Guitar Standards A Complete Approach to Playing Tunes edited by Corey Christiansen

This comprehensive anthology offers a lead sheet, chord solo arrangement, comping etude, and single-note solo for each of 22 jazz standards.

This comprehensive anthology offers a lead sheet, chord solo arrangement, comping etude, and single-note solo for each of 22 jazz standards. These arrangements and etudes by some of the best arrangers and educators in the business provide jazz guitar students with material for development in every aspect of jazz musicianship. Tunes include: Satin Doll, Just Friends, Moonlight in Vermont, and more. Written in standard notation and tablature.


Only $23.95
Jazz Guitar Standards    Chord Melody Solos

Jazz Guitar Standards Chord Melody Solos Multiple Authors

(Book & CD) This collection of jazz standard chord solos for guitar is compiled from Mel Bay and Warner Bros.

This collection of jazz standard chord solos for guitar is compiled from Mel Bay and Warner Bros. collaborations Jazz Guitar Standards Vol. 1 and 2. What makes this work so special is that each artist has personally recorded their solo guitar arrangement. The book comes with the CDs which have all 44 tunes. This book is a wonderful anthology of solo guitar that can be used for performances as well as educational purposes.


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Master Anthology of Blues Guitar Solos: Volume One

Master Anthology of Blues Guitar Solos: Volume One Multiple Authors

(Book & 2-CD) This comprehensive book/CD set presents some of the first contemporary blues guitarists!

This comprehensive book/CD set presents some of the first contemporary blues guitarists! Features Muriel Anderson, Duck Baker, Mickey Baker, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, William Bay, Larry Bolles, Ben Bolt, Dan Bowden, Dix Bruce, Mike Christiansen, Alan de Mause, Craig Dobbins, Steven Eckels, Jim Ferguson, Buddy Fite, Tommy Flint, John Griggs, Stefan Grossman, Ole Halen, Al Hendrickson, Roger Hudson, Jean-Felix Lalanne, Paul Lolax, Larry McCabe, Dale Miller, Franco Morone, Ronald Muldrow, Paul Musso, Bill Piburn, Bucky Pizzarelli, Paul Rishell, Vincent Sadovsky, Felix Schell, Jerry Silverman, Martin Simpson, Fred Sokolow, Stanley Solow, Tim Sparks, John Standefer, Jay Umble, Phil Upchurch, Paul Yandell and John Zaradin. These selections include both new pieces and some of the best previously published pieces from the latter half of the 20th century. Standard notation and tablature are offered for most of the pieces, along with a biographical sketch of each performer. A set of 2 CDs is included, making this an ideal sourcebook for serious students and professionals alike.


Only $30.95
Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar Solos, Volume 1    (formerly 2000 Fingerpicking)

Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar Solos, Volume 1 (formerly 2000 Fingerpicking) Multiple Authors

(Book & 3-CD) This anthology includes both new pieces and outstanding previously published fingerstyle tunes.

This anthology includes both new pieces and outstanding previously published fingerstyle tunes. Veteran performers and talented young upstarts are given a forum for their best work. Includes 3 CD's! Intermediate to advanced in difficulty with nearly all pieces appearing in standard notation with tablature. The contributors are: Jonathan Adams, Muriel Anderson, Seth Austen, D.R. Auten, Douglas Back, Duck Baker, Steve Baughman, William Bay, Pierre Bensusan, Larry Bolles, Ben Bolt, Bill Brennan, Thom Bresh, Rolly Brown, Robin Bullock, Jonathan Burchfield, Michael Chapdelaine, Mike Christiansen, William Coulter, Marcel Dadi, Peppino D'Agostino, Craig Dobbins, Pat Donohue, Doyle Dykes, Steven Eckels, Tim Farrell, Peter Finger, Tommy Flint, Rick Foster, Stefan Grossman, Ole Halen, Todd Hallawell, Roger Hudson, Jack Jezzro, Buster B. Jones, Laurence Juber, Phil Keaggy, Pat Kirtley, Jean-Felix Lalanne, Jay Leach, Paul Lolax, Woody Mann, Dennis McCorkle, El McMeen, Dale Miller, Franco Morone, Stevan Pasero, Ken Perlman, Al Petteway, Bill Piburn, Chris Proctor, Harvey Reid, John Renbourn, Don Ross, Vincent Sadovksy, Dylan Schorer, John Sherman, Martin Simpson, Johnny Smith, Fred Sokolow, Tim Sparks, John Standefer, David Surette, Guy Van Duser, Al Viola, Paul Yandell, Andrew York, and John Zaradin.


Only $46.00

DVDs 

GUITAR BASICS LEVEL 1

GUITAR BASICS LEVEL 1 with Mike Christiansen

The Original Guitar Basics with Michael Christiansen (Newly Digitally Re-mastered Version)

Special Features: Fundamentals * Holding positions * Tunning Playing Single Note Melodies * Reading music for Guitar Notes on 6 Strings in first positions - Rhythms Sharps - Flats -Accompanied Styles Strumming Chords - Alternate Bass - Fingerpicking


Only $21.45
 GUITAR BASICS LEVEL 1 COMBO

GUITAR BASICS LEVEL 1 COMBO with Mike Christiansen

(Book & DVD) This book is a beginning method for group or individual instruction which presents many ways the guitar may be used to accompany singing or another instrument and presents the elements used to play single note melodies on the guitar.

This book is a beginning method for group or individual instruction which presents many ways the guitar may be used to accompany singing or another instrument and presents the elements used to play single note melodies on the guitar. Though the book was written for the recreational guitarist, the intent is for the serious student to develop good technique and understand the basics well enough to continue studying the guitar. This book contains chapters on basic chords, accompaniment styles (including strumming and finger picking), and how to play single note melodies using standard notation. It is arranged in sequence so each concept is a "follow up" of a previously learned skill. If the text is used for group instruction, the student may progress at his or her own rate of speed. The student should feel comfortable playing one accompaniment style or group of notes before trying the next. In many music books and sheet music the guitarist is provided with the chords, but there is no indication of how the song is to be strummed or picked. The book provides many popular accompaniment patterns which can be used to play not only the traditional songs contained in the book, but also songs from music books and sheet music.


Only $26.95
BEYOND GUITAR BASICS LEVEL 2

BEYOND GUITAR BASICS LEVEL 2 with Michael Christiansen

Guitar basics!

*** In BEYOND GUITAR BASICS you will learn: The dead(MUTED) strum Barre Chords Chords over bass notes Playing single note melodies Playing Two or more notes together(fingerstyle and with a pick) Arpeggios How to read tablature Playing solos in several different styles***


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BEYOND GUITAR BASICS LEVEL 2 COMBO

BEYOND GUITAR BASICS LEVEL 2 COMBO with Mike Christiansen

(Book & DVD) This book and dvd combination is a "follow up" to Guitar Basics Book 1 and dvd combo.

This book and dvd combination is a "follow up" to Guitar Basics Book 1 and dvd combo. It is assumed the student is already familiar with basic chords, strum patterns, fingerpick patterns, and the notes in first position. Book 2 presents complex strum patterns, bar chords, melodies containing eighth note rhythms and more then one note played at a time. While this book contains many exercises and arrangements, you may wish to supplement it with a popular song book or sheet music to apply the material which is presented. *** In BEYOND GUITAR BASICS you will learn: The dead(MUTED) strum * Barre Chords* Chords over bass notes* Playing single note melodies* Playing Two or more notes together(fingerstyle and with a pick) * Arpeggios* How to read tablature* Playing solos in several different styles***


Only $26.95
Buscarino Players in Concert

Buscarino Players in Concert featuring Ron Afiff, Gene Bertoncini, Corey Christiansen, and Barry Greene

Stunning guitar in a live performance

Buscarino players Gene Bertoncini, Ron Afiff, Barry Greene and Corey Christiansen were filmed at the annual Buscarino Players Concert at the Long Island Guitar Show in May of 2002. The depth of Gene Bertoncini and the fire of Barry Greene and Ron Afiff made this night one to remember. Bonus footage features performances by reputable players of the Buscarino guitar including: William Bay, Colin Bay, Mike Christiansen, Corey Christiansen, Ken Hatfield, Craig Wagner, and Mike Cea. Captured in an almost informal setting at times, these fine players show off the sounds of their stunning guitars hand-built by John Buscarino.


Only $25.45
Complete Blues Guitar Book

Complete Blues Guitar Book taught by Mike Christiansen

This DVD accompanies the book of the same title. It will take you from basic concepts in blues guitar through performance level blues solos and techniques.


Only $15.45
Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - A Comprehensive Method for Today's Guitarist!

Mastering the Guitar Book 1A - A Comprehensive Method for Today's Guitarist! by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

William Bay and Mike Christiansen explain many of the concepts taught in this landmark guitar method. In addition many of the solos and studies are performed for the student to see and emulate.

William Bay and Mike Christiansen explain many of the concepts taught in this landmark guitar method. In addition many of the solos and studies are performed for the student to see and emulate.


Only $15.45
Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1

Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1 by William Bay & Mike Christiansen

This video is a valuable tool for the teacher who is currently teaching a guitar class, as well as those who are interested in starting one.

This video is a valuable tool for the teacher who is currently teaching a guitar class, as well as those who are interested in starting one. The Mastering the Guitar Class Method video contains important information and further insight into topics presented in both editions of the class method. Pedagogical information regarding techniques such as holding position, strumming, playing single-note melodies, and improvisation are demonstrated on the video. The video also contains a section showing how to set up and rehearse a guitar ensemble. The Mastering the Guitar Class Method video is an essential addition to the library of every guitar class instructor.


Only $15.45
You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar taught by Mike Christiansen

This companion video to the book of the same title provides a truly enjoyable in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar!

This companion video to the book of the same title provides a truly enjoyable in-depth look at the basics of acoustic blues guitar! Learn the blues progression, blues chords, strum patterns, how to accompany a blues song, 6/8 blues, minor blues, power chords, moveable chords, barre chords, the blues scale, turnarounds, fill-ins, the capo, double stops, blues licks, bass line accompaniments, 12/8 blues, blues techniques, how to build and play an improvised solo, and fingerpicking blues. Also included are dozens of blues solos and 9 great new blues songs!


Only $15.45

CDs 

No More Blues -

No More Blues -"Lightwood Duo" with Mike Christiansen

10 fantastic tracks with the Lightwood Duo featuring Mike Chritiansen

1. The Lady is a Tramp 2. Aguaas de Marco 3. Themes and Variations from "Carmen" 4. Fragile 5. Bock to Bock 6. Choros #1 7. Gershwin Medley - w/"Rhapsody in Blue, They Can't Take That Away From Me, It Ain't Necessarily So, Summertime, Embraceable You, Fascinating Rhythm" 8. Autumn Leaves 9.Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) 10. Walkin' My Baby Back Home


Only $16.50
Walkin' My Baby Back Home

Walkin' My Baby Back Home Mike Christiansen

Mike Christiansen's solo CD. 17 tracks of smokin' guitar!

1. A Natural Thing, Earl Klugh 2. Walkin' My Baby Back Home, Fred E. Alhert, Roy Turk 3. Classical Gas, Mason Williams 4. Afro-Cuban Lullaby, Traditional, arr. Jack Marshall 5. The Girl From lpanema, A.C.Jobim, V. De Moreas, N. Gimbel 6. Reflections of New Hampshire, Mike Christiansen (Electric) 7. Dreamcatcher, Mike Christiansen 8. My Romance, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers Arr. Jack Petersen 9. A Time For Us, Nina Rota 10. Little Martha / Poor Boy Away From Home, D.Allman / Traditional 11. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, H.Arlen 12. Reflections of New Hampshire, Mike Christiansen 13. Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell 14. Send In The Clowns, Stephen Sondheim 15. Wally's Waltz, Johnny Smith 16. Santa Cruz, David Qualey 17. Bonita, Mike Christiansen


Only $16.50
Mastering the Guitar Book 1A

Mastering the Guitar Book 1A by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(2-CD) Mastering the Guitar 1A Double CD is a companion recording for the first volume of the comprehensive Mel Bay method of the same title.

Mastering the Guitar 1A Double CD is a companion recording for the first volume of the comprehensive Mel Bay method of the same title. These CD's contain almost all of the solo and duets settings found in the book as performed by William Bay, Mike Christiansen, and Corey Christiansen. The recordings present an eclectic assortment of guitar styles played on steel string guitar, nylon string guitar and electric guitar. Some of the selections feature fingerpicking; others feature the use of the flatpick. Both CD's contain over 100 minutes of recorded guitar solo and duet material.


Only $20.45
Mastering the Guitar Book 1B

Mastering the Guitar Book 1B by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(2-CD) Mastering the Guitar 1B Double CD Set is a companion recording for the second volume of the comprehensive Mel Bay method of the same title.

Mastering the Guitar 1B Double CD Set is a companion recording for the second volume of the comprehensive Mel Bay method of the same title. These CD's contain almost all of the solo and duet settings found in the book as performed by William Bay, Mike Christiansen, and Corey Christiansen. The recordings present an eclectic assortment of guitar styles played on steel string guitar, nylon string guitar and electric guitar. Some of the selections feature fingerpicking; others feature the use of the flatpick. Both CD's contain over 100 minutes of recorded guitar solo and duet material.


Only $20.45
Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1, 9th Grade & Higher Edition

Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1, 9th Grade & Higher Edition by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

(2-CD)

In this class guitar method, traditional fundamentals of playing guitar are presented using an innovative approach. Students are shown chords and accompaniment techniques as well as how to read music and play solo guitar. The carefully graded repertoire in this book is stylistically diverse and includes music from many cultures. A section is devoted to teaching students how to improvise over blues chord progressions and write original blues lyrics. A special feature of this class method is the inclusion of music written for guitar ensemble (2-5 guitars). Musical examples are provided with blend of standard notation and tab. Musical examples do not employ standard notation and tab at the same time. An accompanying Teachers' Supplement is available. 2 CDs included.


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Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1 Elementary to 8th Grade Edition

Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1 Elementary to 8th Grade Edition by William Bay & Mike Christiansen

(2-CD) The double CD set was designed to accompany the book of the same title.

The double CD set was designed to accompany the book of the same title.


Only $20.45
Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 2

Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 2 by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

Mastering the Guitar Class Method is a remarkably innovative new approach to teaching guitar in class settings. This volume begins with in-depth reviews of the keys of C, G, Am, and Em presented in Volume 1.

Mastering the Guitar Class Method is a remarkably innovative new approach to teaching guitar in class settings. This volume begins with in-depth reviews of the keys of C, G, Am, and Em presented in Volume 1. New material includes minor 7 and major 7 chords, triplets, swing rhythm, the slide, 6/8 time, 6/8 and 12/8 strums, harmonics, suspended chords, moveable power chords, and the keys of D, F and Dm. Contains comprehensive sections on pentatonic scales, improvisation, the hammer-on and pull-off techniques, the Travis fingerpicking style, barre chords, two-part harmony, block chords, fingerpicking in 3/4 time, and fingerpicking solos. As a special feature the book includes numerous guitar ensemble pieces suitable for recital or concert performance. This new method meets current MENC national standards for music education. This volume may be used as a follow-up to either edition of Mastering the Guitar Class Method Level 1.


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Mastering the Guitar Class Method Short Term Course

Mastering the Guitar Class Method Short Term Course by William Bay and Mike Christiansen

This companion CD for the Mastering the Guitar Class Method Short Course includes demonstration recordings of many of the solo pieces and ensembles in the book.

This companion CD for the Mastering the Guitar Class Method Short Course includes demonstration recordings of many of the solo pieces and ensembles in the book.


Only $10.48

Posters 

Guitar Scale Wall Chart

Guitar Scale Wall Chart by Mike Christiansen

Packed with information, this wall chart contains a complete fingerboard/notation diagram

Packed with information, this wall chart contains a complete fingerboard/notation diagram and shows fingering grid diagrams for major and minor scales (harmonic, melodic and Hungarian), pentatonic and blues scales and modes.


Only $9.95
Guitar Stringing Chart

Guitar Stringing Chart by Mike Christiansen

This chart is the definitive resource guide for putting strings on the guitar.

This chart is the definitive resource guide for putting strings on the guitar. Clear photos and detailed description show you step by step how to change strings on steel-string and nylon-string guitars. The chart also contains information regarding when to change strings and what strings to use.


Only $7.95