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Re: Teaching New Guitar Students Chords
9/30/2008 12:09 AM
Robert Strait (6660) wrote:
Ya know, really there is no one singular approach. Everyone is
different, and a good teacher is one that inspires the student to
discover his instrument, regardless of what you teach them first,
and in what order, and blah blah blah.
In the end, the best players IMO are the ones who break the
"rules" and hold to their weird idiosyncrasies anyway...
I don't think there is anything wrong at all with teaching
simplified versions of chords to make them more playable....I
think it's a good idea. If the student can actually play the shape,
then its more fun for them and quicker for them to make
music...plus, they are still getting the chord SOUND in their ears,
which is the most important thing, IMO. There will always b time
to later discuss voicings and theory...
If the kid gets inspired, you will notice that she practiced. I don't
know the details of your student, but for learning rhythms, you
can do some of that off the guitar, and it can be fun too! Simple
knee slapping to demonstrate the different note durations (1/4,
1/8, triplet, etc.) might help.
Best of luck to ya...hope you find a way to teach and inspire the