Resources and suggested text

Once I evaluate a students playing level, goals and particular needs I may recommend a number of resources that will help them progress.

Below is a list some books I commonly use.

Suggested text books for teens and adults

Guitar Sessions books 1 and 2 by Kevin Daley

Essential Elements for Guitar - Will Schmid and Bob Morris

Hal Leonard Guitar Method books 1 and 2

Hal Leonard Guitar Method - Blues Guitar by Greg Koch

Basic Blues Guitar: Essential Progressions, Patterns and Styles - by Steve Trovato (Hal Leonard)

All About Guitar: A fun and simple guide to playing guitar (Hal Leonard)

DVD Lead Guitar - At a Glance Series Book/DVD (Hal Leonard)

The Beatles for Acoustic Guitar (Guitar Recorded Versions)

National Guitar Workshop Jazz for the Rock Guitarist

Beginning Jazz Guitar: The Complete Jazz Guitar Method by Jody Fisher

Mel Bay's Jazz Guitar Method by Ronny Lee

A Modern Method for Guitar (books 1, 2 and 3) by William G. Leavitt

Melodic Rhythms for Guitar - William G Leavitt (Berklee Series Guitar)

Reading Contemporary Guitar Rhythms -M.T. Szymczak (Berklee Series Guitar)

The Real Book - 6th Edition (Hal Leonard)

Jamey Aebersold (Play-Along Series)

Guitar World Magazine

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For young children (10-13 years old)

Guitar for the Small Fry book series

Guitar for Kids for ages 5-9 (Hal Leonard Guitar Method)

Kids Guitar Course Book 1 (Book and Enhanced CD)

Alfreds Childrens Guitar Method

Local music supply shops

Schmitt Music

Music Go Round

Rosewood Music

New Vintage Amplifiers

Online music supply sites

Musicians Friend

American Musical Supply

Elderly Music


Guitar Repair

Ron Koivisto 218-340-2884

Music Go Round (Duluth) 218-727-1420

Rosewood Music (Duluth) 218-720-6086

Schmitt Music (Duluth) 218-727-8341