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Habits of a Successful Beginner Mariachi Músico

By John Nieto & Scott Rush

Habits Choral Books

For Beginning Level mariachi musicians


Methods for Violin, Trumpet, Armonía (Guitar/Vihuela), and Guitarrón


Available as a physical book or online digital version
Online digital version available for $6.95


Available on both MusicFirst and MakeMusic Cloud online teaching platforms


Habits of a Successful Beginner Mariachi Músico is a field-tested, vital, and – most important – musical collection of over 100 sequenced exercises to build fundamentals in a beginner mariachi program. Perfect for use by an entire ensemble or solo player, this series contains carefully sequenced exercises for violin, trumpet, guitar/vihuela, and guitarrón that also include rhythm vocabulary charts, musical terms, and activities to teach idiomatic genres and styles. In one place, this series presents everything an aspiring player needs to build fundamental musicianship skills and then transfer those skills directly into the performance of great mariachi literature.

This resource also comes with a companion website featuring additional resources, music selections, audio accompaniments, and individual video exercises hosted by experienced mariachi members.

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Habits of a Successful Beginner Mariachi Músico will provide the aspiring mariachi musician with the proper fundamentals necessary to grow in the mariachi genre. The exercises help to capture the essence of this beautiful music that will guide every student to the right path in the world of mariachi.

Jose L. Hernandez

Mariachi Sol de Mexico

The method that Mr. Nieto has created not only allows the students to be set up for success but also the instructor. The method flows in a way that the student will build and reinforce fundamental skills while learning the style and technique that is exclusive to the mariachi genre. The interaction between instructor and student is crucial in developing first sounds and building proper technique.

Ramon Niño III

Head Director Mariachi Espuelas de Plata

Habits of a Successful Beginner Mariachi Músico is a great beginner method. Mr. Nieto pays careful attention to beginner fundamentals, first-year tendencies, and student set-up. I really appreciate how he uses visual cues and guides on each instrument that reinforce what each lesson is introducing. Each activity is carefully thought out and sequenced to set up the student for success.

Wendy Imelda Martinez

Associate Director

North Side High School

Did You Know...

Each student method book in the HABITS series is available digitally for access on any device of choice!

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Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician comes with a FREE digital access code printed on the inside cover!

All other Habits student method books are available digitally for $6.95 (a $3 saving compared to the physical edition).

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