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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video by Gareth Evans is an introductory book for children who know little or nothing about guitars. It illustrates how to hold a guitar, the parts of the guitar, and general use. The book is divided into sections that include learning tablature, chords and individual guitar notes. Although it could be confusing for a first time user being exposed to the various methods of playing, I think this is a valuable asset. Adults can help guide a child to learn the style most preferred for starting. But it also allows the musicians to learn other methods of guitar playing as they progress in their learning.
I’ve taught guitar to students for years, and found this to be an inviting book, colorful and fun enough to keep the excitement alive in a new musician. The instructions are easy to understand and the songs will be familiar to most young people. The other aspect this book brings is the music that can be played along with the lessons. This ranges from very beginner to basic, but incorporates a wide variety of music styles. This type of technology will likely help the students keep their interest in guitar playing longer, especially if they are able to play songs they are familiar with. It’s important that adults stay involved with the student’s learning, as no book can replace a teacher completely. Guitar for Kids: First Steps in Learning to Play Guitar with Audio & Video by Gareth Evans provides the resources needed for a foundation in guitar.