Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1

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Hal Leonard Guitar Method

Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1

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by Will Schmid and Greg Koch

The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is designed for anyone just learning to play acoustic or electric guitar. It is based on years of teaching guitar students of all ages, and it also reflects some of the best guitar teaching ideas from around the world. Book 1 includes tuning; playing position; musical symbols; notes in first position; C, G, G7, D, D7, A7, and Em chords; rhythms through eighth notes; strumming and picking; over 80 great songs, riffs, and examples.

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Hal Leonard Guitar Method

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Get a sneak peek inside this beginner’s guitar method.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method

Take a Closer Look!

Get a sneak peek inside this beginner’s guitar method.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method

Take a Closer Look!

Get a sneak peek inside this beginner’s guitar method.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method

Take a Closer Look!

Get a sneak peek inside this beginner’s guitar method.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method

See the lessons and song examples.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method

Learn and understand musical symbols.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method

Work on notes on the first string.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method

Explore chords, beginning with C.

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Hal Leonard; 2nd edition (January 1, 1970)

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48 pages

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6.7 ounces

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9 x 0.13 x 12 inches


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#21 in Music Instruction & Study (Books)

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60 reviews for Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1

  1. Nadom

    Great for beginners!

    Easy to learn, great for beginners.

    One person found this helpful

  2. Anil Swain

    Love learning book

    Lovely book to learn for the beginner guitarist. A must buy and highly recommend one 👌

  3. Beau P.

    Probably best used with instructor, but can also teach yourself with it

    My daughter has been using the Hal Leonard Guitar Method books (she’s on #3 now) in conjunction with regular in person lessons. I’m toddling along behind her now, using them on my own. Obviously regular practice is what makes the most difference, but the book walks you through the basics clearly, helps you build strength and dexterity at a reasonable pace, and is easy to use. Would recommend it if you’re not starting from “0” in terms of your music knowledge or if using them in conjunction with regular lessons from a teacher.

    2 people found this helpful

  4. Jass Aguila


    i mean it does what it’s supposed to but it’s very very basic so if you know the basics i say get the next one

  5. MJH

    Valuable book for beginners

    Great book for beginners. Plenty of exercises to compliment you in person lessons.

  6. Mary Hollar

    Good book

    I got this book for my 13 year old daughter because she is trying to teach herself the guitar, but only 1 hour she got it she came to me saying she was very confused and she was only on the 4th page, this is a nice learning book overall but I wouldn’t recommend it for younger kids or teenagers who dont already have a little bit of knowledge on how to play the guitar

    2 people found this helpful

  7. Joed

    One of the better beginner guitar books.

    I have been a guitar player-teacher for over 60 years. In the old days we had students struggle through antiquated beginner books. Then came the Alfred method that we used for many years until Hal Leonard came out with this one. Students seem to make good progress using this well laid out book. Highly recommended with or without a teacher. The pages are laid out in good order with new skills presented then a page of two of reinforcing exercises. Remember if you try to teach yourself your teacher will not knowany more than you do. Find a good teacher!

    5 people found this helpful

  8. Scoshigal

    Teacher’s Favorite Teaching Tool

    .I’ve used several methods for teaching beginning guitarists and I like this Hal Leonard Book 1 the best. The print is big and clear. I like that it begins with teaching the individual notes showing them both on the scale and on the guitar.

  9. Stacy Howe

    It is what it is

    Easy to order. Had a hard time finding this book locally so had to turn to Amazon.It’s moderately priced but I’ve seen cheaper. Plan accordingly and you don’t have to pay more, lesson learned.

  10. A and M

    I bought this because I want to work somewhere that uses it

    The chord chart is at the back of the book by the way. This book is based around the idea that you are learning while having someone teach you, which is okay for the purpose I needed, but I don’t agree with material designed like that specifically for “beginners”. If you’re going to buy a book as a beginner, you are probably looking to learn on your own. If you are buying a book where it is only most useful if you have a teacher, you are probably a teacher.

    One person found this helpful

  11. Robert D. Wanless

    Good Start–individual notes as well as beginner chords

    I actually bought this book because it helps teach the individual notes as well as chords. Eventually, the path between classical guitar and pop (or rock) Rhythm, or lead, this book is a good start.

    One person found this helpful

  12. Roberto flores

    Lo ayudo mucho


  13. tommy

    Do the job

    The. I’ll do the job…

    One person found this helpful

  14. AlmaRey

    It’s a very useful tool when learning and practicing guitar 😊

    Light and easy to carry!

  15. dennis spielbauer

    Needs the CD in order to hear the note and chord properly. Otherwise, a very good book

    A very good educational book for beginning guitar students.

  16. p

    Quick and easy results

    I’ve seen several books, but this one is easy to follow and learn the notes quickly. I love how they do one string at a time, so that it builds your confidence. Also, watching my daughter bloom has been most satisfying to watch.

  17. David Keith Rodriguez

    Learn to read music

    Perfect for new or intermediate players who want to learn to read music.

  18. Amazon Customer

    Really good book

    Really good book. I like the provided music in it and the range of difficultly levels of the pieces. I taught myself with it. I have a music background and play the flute so it was easy to understand the theory of it. That may be the only issue for others but you will catch on or not play.

  19. Mike CallahanMike Callahan

    Builds on skills nicely and in a very logical and easy to follow manner.

    Great book for a beginner. I am using it to teach two people how to play the guitar and it is flexible enough to accommodate different skill levels as well as has a nice flow to the increasing level of complexity.

    2 people found this helpful

  20. Neal A.

    for beginners

    This is a good book to use

  21. Me

    Not my top pick

    I was looking for a book to use for middle school, guitar class. I decided not to use this one, after checking out about 4-5 guitar methods. The kids version of this one has many more popular songs int it and I am keeping that, but in the end, I ended up going with the Ernie Ball method. I liked that one because it is broken down very simply, has larger print, is easy to read, and includes better site reading practice, also, it has more tabs, and breaks down nicely.

    9 people found this helpful

  22. Megan

    Great book to learn guitar.

    Easy to follow and to use. My 8 year old daughter’s teacher recommended this book for her to use s a practice guide at home. Because she is young, I do need to help her read through the exercises. This was easy to do even though I do not have any guitar playing experience or ability.

    3 people found this helpful

  23. Abhisek Ghosh

    Perfect for a beginner

    Perfect for a beginner.

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  25. Gary Covert

    Great learning book but did not have audio access

    Great book for learning but did not have audio access.

  26. bobby b

    Good ole Hal

    It could teach on a more basic level.It skips over basic symbols and terms a beginner does not know and then doesn’t introduce them and expects a student to somehow know. A beginning student doesn’t even know the definition of a note.

    One person found this helpful

  27. Ron H

    Guitar lessons

    My daughter learn to play the guitar with this book. She brought it again after so many years to learn again.

  28. REN MIAO

    Beginner book

    Good beginner book for guitar

  29. dennis neuhaus

    If you are looking for a good basic beginners book this one is highly recommended

    This is the book which I have been seeking. It is very similar to the one I used when I took lessons as a child. If you are looking for a good basic beginners book this one is highly recommended. It will not make you a rock/country or Christian recording artist overnight, it will give you a firm foundation for reading notes and learning the strings.

  30. Amazon Customer

    Very basic.

    If you’re learning to play guitar and learn the basic notes and chords then this book is what you want. It’s very corny and the songs are outdated but it sure does train you what you need to learn.

  31. Me123

    Excellent book. Kinda nice that they teach you the …

    Excellent book. Kinda nice that they teach you the notes on a string one at a time. However right after you learn the 4th string it skips to a couple chords and then resumes to learning the 5th string about 10 pages later. Just make sure you use the table of contents. You need to skip around at times for a more logical flow. Also, it would be nice if scales were in the book which incorperated what you learned thus far. I got these from my guitar teacher. I feel the book is really good but it is missing just a little something. I would still recommend it over other books I have seen.

    6 people found this helpful

  32. howsthesky

    No tabs, goes straight to staff notation

    I didn’t do the “peek inside”; too bad for me. This book teaches you the staff notation (aka reading music). The problem is, the tab notation (which this book doesn’t use) is so much easier for a new guitarist to learn and be able to play something.Sure, being able to read music is all good and everything, but it can also be a turn-off for kids who are just starting out. I think tabs and guitar go together really well for a beginner.

    One person found this helpful

  33. Red Bullock

    Good practice

    Good book, just be aware that this is not the one with the CD

  34. Mac

    Goo lesson book

    I got this for my 13 year old daughter. She likes it. She’s going through the lessons with a teacher. It’s a great way to learn.

  35. michael Diaz

    Lo que esperaba

    Lo que esperaba

  36. Steven R

    Great beginner guitar book

    Great beginner guitar book. Clearly written and easy to understand. Good for a beginner or refresh if you haven’t played in awhile.

  37. Joey 😁

    Not for beginners

    If you want to learn how to play guitar 🎸 this book is not the best!! Unless you have someone experienced that can teach you how to read it.

  38. AshleeW


    This is the book that was recommended by my son’s guitar teacher, and so far he is loving it, very easy to follow along with.

  39. Thomas True

    Good for starting out with a program or alone.

    See title.

  40. Steve T

    Good starter book

    I teach from this book. Great for students

  41. Thomas Rayburn

    Great book, especially for beginners

    I’ve been teaching guitar for about 8 years now. This was the first book I used for my students and I’ve stuck with it for all these years. The book has a good method for teaching the student to read music, the songs are good and the cds add another demension to the lessons, asa whole. I only wish book one got into chords a little more in-depth but I have found a way around that issue.

    4 people found this helpful

  42. sandra m.

    best book for beginners

    Excellent book for learning or teaching guitar.

  43. Linda K. Anderson

    Great method book.

    Are use this book to make a tow students.

  44. kareem alzubaidy

    really good book , fulfilled my expectations.

    Very good for those who played other instruments before and are just new to the guitar!

  45. Missy

    Good beginners book. thanks 🙂

    thanks 🙂

  46. Jessica H.

    Nice book and good price.

    In new condition and what I expected.

  47. Mike Foster

    I only use Hal Leonard books

    They contain everything you need in one book

  48. Fausto

    Awesome book for learning

    Awesome book for beginners

  49. ws4life17

    For beginners!

    Just as described, perfect book for beginners.

  50. S. L. Campbell

    Great starting point…

    I bought this because my husband got me a guitar for Christmas and I am taking lessons. It is a great book for beginners, teaching the strings and how to hold your guitar and pick, and then progressing slowly through notes on the various strings. The songs that are provided are fun to play. Great starting point for someone who wants to learn the guitar.

  51. Denyse S.

    Excellent for beginners

    This is a great book for a beginner guitar player.

  52. Earwax Candles

    Happy with this guitar book

    Happy with this guitar book! It’s very easy to read and understand. It’s very basic, so it’s not a good book for an intermediate guitar player. Love how it illustrates the notes on the guitar and the notes on the staff lines. Great tool to learn guitar!

  53. Kaleb


    Love this book. Simple. Good basic song to strum to.

  54. M. Fowler

    It mixes fun and function

    This is a tried and true method. It mixes fun and function, and is an easy book to follow.

  55. Fernando M.

    Good for beginners

    Good for beginners

  56. JLM

    use it daily to learn chords, notes on strings …

    use it daily to learn chords, notes on strings, uploaded the CD to my NAS so I could play the songs we’re practicing from any wireless device in the house.

  57. Linda Adkins

    Helpful aid

    Great book for beginners

  58. mgoodwi1


    Some pieces for the students to play sounded odd. They were not standard.

  59. alexsandrea arpino

    Five Stars

    Just as I expected and even delivers earlyMy son is taking lessons and loves this book

  60. Amazon Customer

    Very fast delivery

    Fast shipping. Product brand new.

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