The Lead Guitar Method consists of six important curricular components,
all of which need to be used for the method to succeed.
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Lead Guitar Digital:
Method Book I is now available on our Teachable page as an interactive tool for using our curriculum, complete with lesson plans, warm-ups, instructional videos, teaching resources, and other tools along with our expert instructors.
Watch this video for how best to use Teachable as an LG co-teacher.
Method Book I:
Now in its 5th 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.
This Google Excel file is an ever-expanding list of graded arrangements written by Lead Guitar instructors and co-teachers. Here, you can find repertoire that suits the ability levels of the students in your classes and in a variety of styles--arrangements of MBI pieces, rock, jazz, blues, and world music songs, and classical repertoire.
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.
Method Book II:
Now in its 2nd edition, Method Book II introduces more challenging guitar concepts, such as position-playing, barres, and transposable major and minor scales in three octaves. The book ends with light concert repertoire suitable for a college audition. The 3rd edition is under way now.
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.