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Sound Innovations for Guitar Book 1

Sound Innovations for Guitar Book 1 Overview

Bill Purse and Aaron Stang bring years of extensive teaching and performing experience to Sound Innovations for Guitar.

The content is organized in 36 complete 1-week lesson units, providing benchmarks, assessment indicators, and intermediate goals.

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Create better understanding with solid pedagogy, and a clean and uncluttered page layout.

Adjust the pacing any time during the semester to address the unique needs within your classroom utilizing the free additional materials online. Included are reproducible enrichment and enhancement pages, expansion suggestions, performance advice, assessment tools, and clear guidance as to reasonable expected outcomes. Perfect for teachers that aren’t guitar players, or for guitar teachers who want to add more to their curriculum.

Create better understanding with solid pedagogy, and a clean and uncluttered page layout. New concepts are highlighted in blue, helping students locate new information easily.

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Provide opportunities for deliberate practice with availability in SmartMusic. As students play along with music onscreen, SmartMusic gives students immediate feedback on their performance by showing correct pitches and rhythms in green and incorrect in red. Plus, with new polyphonic technology created specifically for guitar, SmartMusic can identify chords and provide instant feedback.

Included are many performance opportunities such as solos, duets, trios, and full-ensemble arrangements. Students can play along with a friend or the professional musician on the included accompaniment tracks, promoting home practice sessions. This serves as an outstanding introduction to ensemble playing, allowing the students to experience picking individual notes, playing a bass line, or playing a chord accompaniment. A variety of musical styles are including, aiding in keeping the students interested in practicing.

Appendices are a resource for both the teacher and student, and include all of the basic information about playing, including guitar bod types, holding the guitar, technique, picking, warm-ups, reading music and TAB notation, a chord chart, and more.

Real-world guitar skills are taught so that students can play right away, encouraging more long-lasting dedication to the instrument.

Notes are taught beginning on the low E string:

  • Encourages solid left- and right-hand technique
  • Promotes fretboard understanding through sequential introduction of notes from low to high
  • Provides immediate introduction of guitar chords from the root tone
  • Allows students to begin playing fundamental bass-line type rock and blues patterns right away

Foster more effective practice with MasterClass video and audio tracks that are integrated throughout the entire the method, not retrofitted to it. MasterClasses allow the student can learn to emulate the teacher’s tone, technique, and musicianship.

Teacher Help Line: The Sound Innovations for Guitar authors, Aaron Stang and Bill Purse, are available to answer teachers’ questions about using the method or implementing a guitar program. Email them at

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