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TEACHING GUITAR

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:37 pm
by ricardo_impellitteri
i've just started a couple of weeks ago to teach guitar, my student it's a beautiful girl so i'm doing it for free, the problem it's:

she told me dude i wanna play guitar and i said yes i can teach you, so i started with you know some chromatics for develop some accuracy and streng on her fingers and some theory about chromatic scale and c major scale, that was the first lesson, the second lesson i teach her a couple of basic shapes of major and minor chords, some variations over the classic 1234 exercise for left hand, i think it was a good start but i don't know what's next can you help me you know to develop a small basic guitar program please

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Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:20 pm
by another virtuoso
if you know what kind of music she's into, take a *simple* song she likes and show her how to play it. show her the chords involved and how to strum them. one of my 'students' has trouble with getting the strumming to sound natural.
try using a song to show her something new.
this way she's learning new stuff and has songs she can have fun playing around on.
power chords are good to show beginers. bar chords too.
you can spend alot of time just showing her new chords and playing peices of songs and stuff.
a beginner probably isn't going to be to thrilled about a bunch of exersizes. and i would suggest not even trying to introduce theory. it wont make sense to her yet. try not to turn guitar playing into work for her yet or she may lose interest.
after you spend time on open chords, power chords, and bar chords, show her some stuff with single notes in it. like Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here".

make your way to the major scale.

now you can start explaining a little theory.
the musical alphabet for starters.
the notes in a C Major scale.
why C E G are the notes in a C major chord.
why C Eb G are the notes in a C minor chord.
keep it as simple as possible, and explain everything using the key of C first, because of the no sharps or flats thing.

now for some pentatonic action.
you can play her some blues chord progressions while she plays around with the pentatonic scale.
then show her the bluesy chord progression your playing... the 12 bar blues. show her some turn arounds she can use when playing it.
you can take pretty much any blues song on a cd and play it, and improv with over it with the pentatonic scale.
you can show her the blues scale as well.

minor scale. show her how it relates to the major scale (really, relate every new thing you teach her back to the major scale). play around with that etc etc.


you should be showing her proper technique all along the way. pay attention to what shes doing with her hands.
after she has a handle on picking all downstrokes, show her alternate picking (keeping things simple, of course, no paul gilbert YET! :) ).
pull offs. hammer ons. natural harmonics. artificial harmonics. etc.



give her something new when you think she's ready for it, and don't overload her with to much stuff at one time.

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:29 pm
by guyver_dio
Don't be fooled by beauty lol, teaching guitar is frustrating work, charge her ass :twisted:

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:25 pm
by ernzzz
hola company ;)

i think chromatic exercises are a very good idea to start..

among the first things i use to teach to friends, (and soon to my first payed pupil!) its the basic chord shapes (C D E G A), some in major and minor forms, and leaving the F and B for when they get used..

as you sure already know, its a matter of "awakening" the mind to place the fingers, more than develop physical strenght..

also i tend to explain the minor and major pentatonic scale among the first things.. i think it is important to develop this sense.. its what helped me most i think.. i really cant see a smooth learning curve without the blues as base.. so i try to make them learn the blues..

also i explain the basics of harmony... the root, fifht and octave..

and i dont know.. ask her what she wants to play.. try to find a goal.. something that she knows and would really love to play...

when i started i didnt stop till i could play "romance d'amour".. and then always had a goal in my mind.. like stairway to heaven, tears in heaven tears in the rain, day at the beach.. goals are very important to me..

and i dont know what else.. as guyver says, and i already told you on msn.. make her pay in goods! hehe

hope this helps

hasta pronto!

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:40 pm
by Ricardo
Next teach her "The Attitude Song". Make sure she buys a metronome. :wink:

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:11 am
by slash89
The danger about teaching people who's never played before is that they can easily loose patience. Therefore I would sugguest that you show her something easy that sounds fun and that she tries out chords in an easy song. We don't want to loose a guitarist now, do we? :lol:

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:59 am
by MarkRobinson
I'm busy preparing for a gig tonight, I'll post a considered reply for you tomorrow....including how to teach girls and make them enjoy it/stick at it. MOST (not all) are a different species TRUST ME! :)

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:36 pm
by Ricardo
Give her a CD of The Great KAT and tell her this is how girls should play guitar, and the way you will teach her. :twisted:

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:02 pm
by ricardo_impellitteri
MarkRobinson wrote:I'm busy preparing for a gig tonight, I'll post a considered reply for you tomorrow....including how to teach girls and make them enjoy it/stick at it. MOST (not all) are a different species TRUST ME! :)
hehehe that sounds great dude, i'll wait for that anwer

OK thank you guys it seems like i was going in the right direction, actually i play christian rock i know it's hard to imagine that with an impellitteri touch, she wants to play cristian rock too but at this time she just wants to play beautiful open chord, i was thinking some pentatonics fo rthe next lessons but i didn't knew if it was time for that, now i think that she's gonna do it

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:07 pm
by ricardo_impellitteri
ernzzz wrote:hola company ;)


hasta pronto!
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Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:28 pm
by seljer
Ricardo wrote:Give her a CD of The Great KAT and tell her this is how girls should play guitar, and the way you will teach her. :twisted:
the overly pretentious "Great" Kat doesn't deserve anyone even listening to her :shock:

Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:38 pm
by Stephen Brown
First thing to do is see if she will cut her nails.
^
Once that's sorted your be fine.lol

Find out what she likes to listen to.ie What will motivate her to learn.

You can take the theam out of context from the song & demo her little ideas from it. So that's the endless cd thing done.

Notes names.
Work her on the CAGED systems.
Octave exercise/jumping 5th.
Intervals exercises. Isolation & scale playing.
Good old Pent's. Teacher her the 5 postions & then scare her with Major Pent's only to tell her to move down 3 fret's...job done.

Best thing to do though is go through things very slowly & gauge how shes taking all onboard.

Oh..SMILE/JOKE/LAUGH. Nothing worse than an ironing board teacher.

A very rewarding job & an honur.

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:12 am
by MarkRobinson
OK. With ALL new students, the best thing you can do is to capture their enthusiasm for the instrument. Now the typical student has a favourite genre/band/song/album that they are absolutely passionate about and most picture themselves being able to play these songs to friends/on stage whatever.

Imagine their disapointment when first lesson they do these weird things that involves all their fingers and doesn't sound anything like a rocking tune (chromatic ex) and then the next they learn another shape which they understand will be useful but as of yet, they can't make it sound like much. (pentatonic). The chords are cool because they sound a bit closer to making something that could be a song... but damn it stringing them together at the moment is a tough one.

The better approach. Find out their favourite music and teach them it. If its along the lines of blink 182/nirvana/a lot of todays rock bands you'll be fine. You can get them playing root notes the first lesson whilst teaching them the power chord shapes and get them doing that the next lesson. You can also find a song (most likely by greenday!) that involves the open chords. Hey presto. They're getting somewhere and they love it.

Once they develop a basic proficiency through these means then we can start on the other stuff. You can start explaining the theory behind the songs/caged system/scales etc etc. They will be in a better position to absorb the knowledge and deploy it musically. If you don't start by teaching them SONGS, which lets face it is what music is all about, they will most likely run dry pretty quickly.

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:03 pm
by ricardo_impellitteri
FRETPICK wrote:First thing to do is see if she will cut her nails.
^
Once that's sorted your be fine.lol

Teacher her the 5 postions & then scare her with Major Pent's only to tell her to move down 3 fret's...job done.


Oh..SMILE/JOKE/LAUGH
cool dude i've done these things i should work in the others thanks

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:17 am
by joshua202020
first thing to do.. get a hotel room.. :twisted: , just kidding