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GuitarTime Popular Folk
Arranged and Edited by
Philip Groeber, David Hoge,
Leo Welch, and Rey Sanchez.

A carefully graded series of books offering favorite songs from our American heritage in arrangements that are pedagogically sound and fun to play. These books link American history with its music, as most of the music of today has its roots in traditional music. Folk music is not covered as well in schools as it was in the past, so books like The GuitarTime Popular Folk Series enable students to reflect on the diversity of our society and our cultural history. Students should be encouraged to sing along with the music whenever possible.

GuitarTime Supplementary Library
Arranged and edited by Philip Groeber, David Hoge, Leo Welch, and Rey Sanchez

Books Feature:

  • Optional teacher duets
  • Chord symbols, and a "Chords Used In This Book" reference page
  • "Notes Used In This Song" charts in early levels to aid in note identification
  • Performance notes in other levels to help with position changes and right-hand technique; historical facts about the music are included as necessary
  • Glossary of important terms and symbols
  • Arrangements in both pick style and classical style
  • Tablature and explanation in pick-style books
  • An easy way to supply guitar ensemble music by using the student part, teacher duet, lyrics, and chord accompaniment

    Books are listed by level of difficulty.

    GuitarTime Popular Folk
    Primer Level / Early Elementary
    Pick Style

    G1007 / 5.95

    A most enjoyable way to introduce the early-elementary student into the world of folk music! The arrangements are easily learned and are fun to sing. A "Notes Used In This Song" chart is presented for each piece. Includes: Bingo; Amazing Grace; When the Saints Go Marching In; Simple Gifts; On Top of Old Smoky; Aura Lee; Some Folks Do; and The Sailor Song.



    GuitarTime Popular Folk
    Level I / Late Elementary
    Pick Style


    G1008 / 5.95

    This book carefully introduces eighth notes and dotted quarter rhythms.
    Includes: This Land Is Your Land; Take Me Out to the Ball Game; The Star-Spangled Banner; Scarborough Fair; If I Had a Hammer; Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream; and others.



    GuitarTime Popular Folk
    Level I / Elementary
    Classical Style


    G1011 / 5.50

    An excellent supplementary book for the beginning classical guitarist. The arrangements are in first position using basic rhythms. Some double and triple stops are included. Thorough instruction is provided for correct right-hand technique.
    Includes: This Land Is Your Land; Kum Ba Yah; Amazing Grace; Worried Man Blues; Lonesome Traveler; Goodnight, Irene; We Shall Overcome; and others.



    GuitarTime Popular Folk
    Level 2 / Early Intermediate
    Pick Style


    G1009 / 5.95

    The student is now using more eighth note rhythms as well as beginning chord melodies. Techniques such as slides, bends, and harmonics are introduced.
    Includes: America the Beautiful; Wimoweh (Mbube); He's Got the Whole World in His Hands; Michael, Row the Boat Ashore; Cotton Fields; Home On the Range; Well, Well, Well; and others.



    GuitarTime Popular Folk
    Level 2 / Early Intermediate
    Classical Style

    G1012 / 5.95

    The arrangements are mostly in first position. Syncopation, slurs, and swing rhythm are introduced. Includes: Scarborough Fair; Bingo; (The Wreck of the) "John B"; When the Saints Go Marching In; Those Were the Days; Simple Gifts; San Francisco Bay Blues; When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again; and others.



    GuitarTime Popular Folk
    Level 3 / Late Intermediate
    Pick Style

    G1010 / 6.50

    Some of the arrangements are written with multiple voices, sometimes moving up to twelfth position. Many of these outstanding arrangements are recommended for solo or recital performance. Includes: Turn! Turn! Turn!; The Midnight Special; We Shall Overcome; Shenandoah; Simple Gifts; John Henry; The St. James Infirmary; and others.



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