Guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments worldwide for good reasons. The variety of music that can be created with guitar inspires thousands of people the world over to want pick up a guitar and learn how to play. In addition, guitar is portable and more affordable compared to many other instruments.
Musically speaking, guitar is one of the most versatile musical instruments around. Students enrolled in lessons have the opportunity to learn a variety of different styles such as folk, blues, pop, country, classical, rock, jazz, Latin and more.
Through lessons, students develop a diverse set of practical skills. These skills can be applied to a multitude of musical settings offering a lifetime of enjoyment in guitar and music. For example, students can learn to sing and accompany themselves with guitar. That's one of the most popular applications for guitarists.
For students that don't sing, there are many other possibilities, such as playing solo classical or jazz guitar. Some students aim to participate in worship groups at church, Pop and Rock bands or other types of ensembles. Students that are more interested in the creative imaginative side of music can learn to write and arrange complete songs with guitar.
Guitar lessons teach students the fundamentals of their chosen instrument. These fundamentals include learning solid technique for both hands, posture, reading music, the tablature system, lead sheets, chords, scales, arpeggios and the like. The possibilities seem almost endless for students of guitar.
Young beginners start by learning the numerous parts of the guitar. What these parts are named, what they do and how they work are all learned in the lessons.
Students will then move on to learn about good playing-posture, holding the guitar, right and left hand positioning, fingering concepts, how to pluck strings with fingers and thumb, how to press down notes, and the like. Lessons progress sequentially, step by step, teaching students to develop their foundation in technique from the beginning. The idea is to master the mechanical side of guitar from an early age so there are no bad habits to fix later.
The next stage involves students learning to play simple songs. These songs are based on simple folk melodies that can be mastered by younger students given a consistent daily practice routine. The songs are presented in sequential order to ensure success and build confidence. Each new song presents a new focus or idea moving the student forward in skill level and understanding.
The method for learning these songs involves listening to CD tracks, rhythm counting, clapping, singing and solfeggio. Songs are learned by starting with counting rhythms, clapping, singing, hand signals and solfeggio. Once songs have been learned in this way, students begin to learn the songs on their guitar. This method has proved to be very effective over many years of working with students.
In addition, flashcards are important to aid in learning note names in the treble clef, the corresponding fingerings on the guitar, note values, symbols, expressions, music theory terms and the like. This approach is consistent with what kids in Allen and Plano learn at school in music class. Therefore reinforcing their understanding of the musical language.
The teaching approach emphasizes learning from recordings and transcriptions so that students can play their favorite songs the same way they hear them on recordings. The fundamentals of music are learned through the actual songs themselves.
Students are strongly encouraged to learn complete songs from beginning to end including intros, rhythms, strum patterns, chord progressions, fills, leads, riffs, solos and the like. This approach has proven to be quite effective since students learn songs and music that inspires them to practice and perfect their new found artistic endeavor.