The New Basics: Guitar Method Released by Alfred Music Publishing

Los Angeles, CA — July 2011 - Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, is proud to announce the release of The New Basics: Guitar, an innovative guitar method that makes learning fun with rock and blues styles, written by veteran guitar educator and National Guitar Workshop co-founder Nathaniel Gunod.

Geared for self-teaching or classrooms, The New Basics: Guitar creates on an enjoyable guitar learning experience using rock and blues style music—all while encouraging the elimination of fear and restriction of playing various styles. The method differs from most other beginning guitar books in that it starts instruction on the lowest string and almost immediately has the player moving up the neck to the 12th fret, and demonstrates several places to play almost every note. Lessons begin with TAB notation and transitions into music notation, making it easy to start playing the guitar right away. Chord symbols are present on every exercise as a helpful guide to playing through the lessons. The book leads students to playing full chords and staple rock and blues techniques such as sliding and bending.

The New Basics: Guitar includes engaging features such as helpful side notes and additional performance tips. For those who are self-teaching, detailed diagrams about the guitar, holding and tuning the guitar, rhythm patterns, left-hand technique, and strumming styles are included. The accompanying CD provides audio examples of the exercises in the book, so students can reference the proper interpretation, rhythm, and feel of each lesson. A foreword, with direct notes to both the student and teacher, charts the best way to approach to the method for maximum playability.

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving the environment, this songbook is printed on environmentally responsible paper.

The New Basics: Guitar Book & CD (00-37236) is now available at music retail stores and at


Alfred Music Publishing is the world’s largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfred’s home office is located in Los Angeles, with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Since 1922, Alfred Music Publishing has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music. Alfred currently has over 90,000 active titles. Alfred represents a wide range of well-known publications—from methods like Alfred’s Basic Guitar, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano Course, Sound Innovations, and Suzuki, to artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Green Day, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Eagles, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, to brands like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Billboard.

In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA.

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