The Acoustic Guitar Method: Book 1

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The Acoustic Guitar Method is the only beginning guitar method based on traditional American music that teaches you authentic techniques and songs. From the folk, blues, and old-time music of yesterday have come the rock, country, and jazz of today. Now you can begin understanding, playing, and enjoying these essential traditions and styles on the instrument that truly represents American music, the acoustic guitar.

Whether you are studying with a teacher or on your own, let the Acoustic Guitar Method be your guide to the joys and pleasures of playing guitar. This comprehensive approach, with graded lessons and supplementary songs, is the one tool you need to get started. 

This comprehensive guide is available in two different formats:

  • Book & Audio Download package: 45 pages with written instruction, notation and tab, plus accompanying audio instruction, performed by David Hamburger, available to download.
  • PDF & Audio Download package: Downloadable version featuring the complete written instruction (including standard notation and tablature) from the book, plus accompanying audio instruction, performed by David Hamburger.


  • First Chords, First Song
  • New Chord, New Strum
  • Tab Basics and Your First Melody
  • Reading Notes
  • The G Chord
  • The C Chord
  • More Single Notes
  • Country Backup Basics
  • Seventh Chords
  • Waltz Time
  • Half Notes and Rests
  • Minor Chords
  • A Minor-Key Melody
  • The B7 Chord


  • Columbus Stockade Blues
  • Careless Love
  • Get Along Home, Cindy
  • Sally Goodin
  • Ida Red
  • Darling Cory
  • Hot Corn, Cold Corn
  • East Virginia Blues
  • In the Pines
  • Banks of the Ohio
  • Scarborough Fair
  • Shady Grove
  • Man of Constant Sorrow


"An excellent method! Engaging musical examples combined with uncommon sense exercises (written from the perspective of the beginner's mind) provide for and encourage a painless learning experience. The acoustic guitar has a new diplomatic handbook in David Hamburger's text!"

Michael Millham, Adjunct Instructor of Guitar, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

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