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Easy Pieces for Guitar Groups

These easy pieces are designed to be (initially) taught by rote and memorised … the idea is to have fun playing and to cater for all pupils regardless of whether they are striving to learn to read music or not. The melodies are largely designed to be played in first or second position and only strings 1 and 2 are used. I have avoided awkward string crossing and generally you only need to change strings between phrases if it is required at all. Melodies are given in standard notation with fret numbers marked over the notes. String numbers appear below the stave.

I have kept the chords to those which are relatively easy to play for beginners. Bass lines could also be played / improvised on a bass guitar and drums / percussion can be added ad lib to make the whole experience more interesting. Two copies are provided with each piece so that you have chord diagrams for both right-handed and left-handed players.

Öresund Reggae

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This is a little tricky and requires some crossing of strings mid-phrase.

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Funky Fish

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This has a bit of a Latin feel.

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Beryl's Blues

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This piece includes parts for two guitars with the first part being entirely on the first string and the second part being entirely on the second string.

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A Froggy Day

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This is an opportunity to introduce your pupils to the 'slap' ie.

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Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

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Part 1 can be played entirely on the first string and part 2 on the second string.

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Spy in the Pie

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This piece uses chords that have the same shape, so it is useful for pupils having difficulty with finger placement when moving from one chord to another.

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The Tune With no Name

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The melody can be played in first or second position; it is marginally easier in 2nd position.

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Melody Marvel

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Melody Marvel is a bit more challenging than some of the other pieces; players need to be able to find their way round some different positions on 1st and 2nd strings and also get to grips with the idea of a shift.

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Jam Pot Jam

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This should be played at a steady pace and provides an opportunity for young players to move around the fretboard without too great a challenge.

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Dooby Doo-Wop Dinosaurs

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The chords in this piece are very simple, each one requiring only one finger, the idea being that even the most elementary players can participate in an ensemble.

1 Part for £1·00

Two Trains

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Two Trains is for absolute beginners.

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