This textbook has been successful in teaching children as young as six years of age. It contains more than 400 exercises, folk songs, carols, short solo pieces and duets. It is illustrated with pictures to colour in and with diagrams of basic chords to play. The introduction contains a brief theory of music illustrated with practical examples.
The course can be divided into three grades of difficulty:
- Exercises 1-159
- Played with fingers i and m on melody strings E, G, and B, concentrating on mastering the basic left hand notes up to the 3rd position, sufficient to play most folk songs, carols and well known tunes.
- Exercises 160-269
- Two-part melodies. The thumb plays only the bass strings E, A and D. Left-hand fingers are not required to fret the bass line. Thus freed, they have enough scope to play melodies up to the 8th position. Such technique is physically undemanding, thus facilitating the student's smooth natural progress.
- Exercises 270 onward
- Multi-part melodies with sustained, as well as open bass strings, concentrating on developing melodic feeling and duet playing between pupil and teacher. It is recommended to start memorising basic chords from the diagram table.