This book is a beginning method for group or individual instruction which presents many ways the guitar may be used to accompany singing or another instrument and presents the elements used to play single note melodies on the guitar. Though the book was written for the recreational guitarist, the intent is for the serious student to develop good technique and understand the basics well enough to continue studying the guitar.
This book contains chapters on basic chords, accompaniment styles (including strumming and finger picking), and how to play single note melodies using standard notation. It is arranged in sequence so each concept is a "follow up" of a previously learned skill. If the text is used for group instruction, the student may progress at his or her own rate of speed. The student should feel comfortable playing one accompaniment style or group of notes before trying the next.
In many music books and sheet music the guitarist is provided with the chords, but there is no indication of how the song is to be strummed or picked. The book provides many popular accompaniment patterns which can be used to play not only the traditional songs contained in the book, but also songs from music books and sheet music.