There are great resources out there to help you learn guitar. I have spent a lot of time gathering together and creating my own resources for you so you don't have to.
Music Recording Software
Using digital software to record yourself is a wonderful learning tool. You would need to connect your guitar (if it has a pickup) to your computer, load the software and record your masterpiece. This is an important part of learning - being able to record and listen back or play lead melody lines over drum loops. Do ask me if you need more guidance on how it works.
Try this free software called Audacity from Sourceforge - audacity.sourceforge.net
Here's a useful metronome which you can download to your computer / laptop - nch.com.au/metronome
Here's a tuner. Ensure it's set for Guitar and Standard tuning. As long as you have an input device (a microphone input on your computer) it will work well - nch.com.au/tuner
Backing Tracks are brilliant for practicing over. Some I have recorded to match particular songs. Others I have done are great for working the scales. Ask me about them or email for a particular one and I will send it to you. Click here MP3 Backing Tracks for the complete listing of backing tracks I have available right now.
Using Music Software 'Finale'
I write up music in a programme called Finale. This is a professional programme designed for learning. You can download a free basic version of this programme to your computer. You can then open and listen to "mus" type files which I can send you by email. It's an ideal tool for practising. To download the free reader click on this link - http://www.finalemusic.com/products/finale-notepad/
(Please note - you will be asked for a valid email address which is fine. Annoyingly, each time you open the software it will ask you to register which is unnecessary. To get rid of it just click "remind me later". Having used this programme for over ten years I have found it to be safe so I can recommend it to all my students.)
Here is the complete list of all the music I have written up in Finale. Click on the title to open the list as a PDF;
Lead & Chord sheets
A lead and chord sheet will just have the lyrics of a song and the chords to accompany it. You will use this when you already know the song from listening. Just click on any of the headings below to see a full list of the ones I have. If you don't see something you would like to try, just ask me. The songs are split into six categories shown below. Click on the titles below to open the list as a PDF.
Books & Music Shops
While you will find a great selection of books and music in your local music shop and I thoroughly recommend the ones in our area. If you can, always shop local first. If you support them, they will support you.
The Music Shops
Icon Music, Kings Street, Melton Mowbray - Talk to Tom. 01664 568000 /
Stamford Music Shop - 01780 751275 /
Music Junkie Leicester. Talk to guitar Dan - 0116 262 5625 /
There may be times you can't get there or what we are looking for is more specialist. Then I recommend Musicroom.com. Based here in the UK I have found their selection and service to be very good. I have listed below the main tutorial books we use - head to the site should you wish to buy them.
Tutorial Books at Musicroom
A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar Book 1
A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar Book 2
Total Rock Guitar by Troy Stetina
21st Century Guitar Method Book 1 by Aaron Stang
21st century Guitar method Book 2 by Aaron Stang
Beginning Rock Guitar by Paul Howard
Blues Solos for Acoustic Guitar by Johnny Norris
Beginning Bass Guitar by David Overthrow
Theory for the Contemporary Guitarist by Guy Capuzzo