The Lead Guitar Method consists of six important curricular components,
all of which need to be used for the method to succeed.
The videos are critical to understanding the reasons why we teach technical and musical elements of beginning classical guitar in the order we do. They also introduce vocabulary and shortcuts that help manage guitar class and serve as excellent play-along videos for students at home.
Method Book I:
Now in its 3rd edition, Method Book I is the lifeblood of Lead Guitar. The book takes students all the way from picking up a guitar for the first time to playing complex music in two voices and having a good theoretical and technical foundation on the guitar. Song of the Wild is woven into the book for supplementary repertoire.
Our age-appropriate Milestones are the best way to set goals and objectives for progress throughout the year in relation to Method Book I. For younger students, the Wristband "Karate Belt" system uses colored silicone wristbands as incentives for passing a test on each section of Method Book I.
Song of the Wild:
Song of the Wild is a collection of 32 progressive guitar solos that combine to create richly textured ensemble pieces, which pay homage to Aesop's legendary fables. Method Books I and II point students to Song of the Wild for additional repertoire. Click above to download them individually and to view all of our Supplemental Music.
Method Book III:
Method Book III is a special Lead Guitar edition of Carlos Bonell's well-loved collection Essential Classics. Here we dispense with methodology and rather offer the most important pieces in the tried and true concert repertoire of classical guitar for students who are taking their playing to the highest level.