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This book includes 22 tablature arrangements of folk songs, some with several variations, handwritten by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. These guitar and banjo tablature charts were written for the author by Jerry as practice material. He wrote these songs and exercises during 1964-5 while teaching the author at Dana Morgan's Music Store in Palo Alto, California. Eleven essays reflect on the impact of this special learning adventure over more than thirty years professional music performance, musicology, music education and music therapy experience. 91 pages present: Jerry Garcia as a gifted and innovative instructor The earliest days of the Grateful Dead. Playing techniques and tunings. Chord theory diagrams drawn by Jerry Garcia Banjo and guitar tablature charts for songs handwritten by Jerry Garcia Standard notation transcription for all tablature. Sung melodies for all songs Chordal accompaniment for all songs Lyrics for songs where available. MIDI support for all pieces included on cd and is available online. Detailed bibliography and references.
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Mary E Gibbons holds a Masters Degree in Music Education. Her thirty-five year career includes music instruction at all levels from kindergarten through college and various projects in music wellness and ethnomusicology. The direction of Ms. Gibbons long career was set during weekly music lessons with Jerry Garcia.
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