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Take your guitar teaching to a new level! Hal Leonard's top-selling comprehensive method for band and strings is now also available for guitar. With the time-tested classroom teaching methods of Will Schmid and Bob Morris, popular songs in a variety of styles, and quality demonstration and backing tracks on the accompanying audio that is available for download or streaming online, Essential Elements for Guitar is sure to become a staple of guitar teachers' instruction - and get beginning guitar students off to a great start. This method has been designed to meet the National Standards for Music Education, with features such as cross-curricular activities, quizzes, multicultural songs, basic improvisation and more. Concepts covered in Book 1 include: getting started; basic music theory; guitar chords; notes on each string; music history; ensemble playing; performance spotlights; and much more! Songs used in Book 1 include such hits as: Dust in the Wind · Eleanor Rigby · Every Breath You Take · Hey Jude · Hound Dog · Let It Be · Ode to Joy · Rock Around the Clock · Stand By Me · Surfin' USA · Sweet Home Chicago · This Land Is Your Land · You Really Got Me · and more!