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NYC Guitar School/Hal Leonard Book Release

NYC Guitar School/Hal Leonard Book Release

NYC Guitar School Book 1: A Step-By-Step And Song-By-Song Guide For Absolute Beginners

NYC Guitar School is excited to partner with the world’s largest music education publisher, Hal Leonard, to release a comprehensive method book for beginning guitar players.

To help celebrate the release of our new book, NYC Guitar School Book 1 For Absolute Beginners, you can access a free online course designed for busy people to reach their guitar playing goals.

“Book 1 for Absolute Beginners” contains dozens of incredible songs by top artists arranged into step-by-step levels, beginning with instruction for complete novices and gradually building up to more complex strums and chords.

Students who complete this course will be able to play arrangements of songs such as “Rebel Rebel”, “Mirrorball”, “Impossible Germany”, “Born This Way”, “Pumped Up Kicks”, “Therefore I Am”, “Gold On The Ceiling”, “Chain of Fools”, “Rescue Me”, “Redemption Songs” and LOTS MORE.

WARNING: This book is NOT intended for advanced players. If you already know scales, syncopated strums, or can play guitar with your teeth, this book is not intended for you. This book is made for and dedicated to beginners!

Want More? Sign up for in-person or online classes at NYC Guitar School to learn the course material in effective and motivating step-by-step and song-by-song sessions with New York City’s top teachers.

Already have the book? Use the free resources below–and a free online kick-off course to get started.

Use this playlist of videos to help you on your journey as you begin to master the basics on your way to guitar greatness! Check the menu in the top right hand corner for all of the videos!

Check out a sample of the beginner friendly hit songs included in Book 1! Use the menu in the top right hand corner to select from “You Never Can Tell”, “A-Punk”, “Rebel, Rebel”, and “Chain of Fools”

Take a Peek into "NYC Guitar School: Songs for Beginners"

To be a guitar player you must play guitar—it’s that simple! But the problem is that for those who are just beginning their guitar journey, the excitement of learning a first chord or strum can quickly give way to discouragement.

In fact, according to a recent study form, 90% of new guitar players quit playing within a year after purchasing their first guitar!

What a heartbreaking statistic! That’s thousands of people who want to play guitar because they love music, or want to express themselves, connect with others, play for family and friends, to write or perform music—or simply enjoy learning a new skill…who failed.

That’s where this book comes in! This book can literally be the difference between being one of the 10% who stick with playing guitar instead of joining the sad majority who regretfully set their guitar dreams aside.

You see, as the founder of one of America’s largest guitar schools and after three decades of teaching guitar, I can tell you that the secret to success in guitar is simple.

It’s setting yourself up for success in the first place!

People fail at learning guitar when they don’t have a structure to keep them on track with step-by-step increases in difficulty to make learning easy and fun.

That’s what this book provides—a step by step and song by song method to ensure that even absolute beginners can play.

If you’re looking for a songbook with advanced note for note transcriptions of songs—this isn’t it! These lessons and arrangements are super simple. This method has been used by over 15,000 busy New Yorkers to successfully learn to play guitar. These step by step chord progressions and simple strumming patterns are matched with dozens of great songs from the incredible Hal Leonard catalog of songs. The result is a motivating and inviting book that even a beginner can pick up and make music with.

I am so thrilled that Hal Leonard has partnered with New York City Guitar School to allow us to bring this book of super simple songs for Absolute Beginners to you. And I’m so thrilled that you have picked it up!

There’s a difference between dreaming and being. And that difference is doing.

If you’re serious about playing guitar, it is easier than you think. And this little book can be your trusty guide and companion.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to buy the book. I know you won’t regret it.

On to guitar! And on to greatness!




Dan Emery
Founder, NYC Guitar School

For more songs that are perfect for anyone working through Book 1, don’t forget to check out our other book Songs For Beginners 


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