Best way to learn guitar
It is my educational objective to make sure all guitar students in our lessons engage in educational outcomes that will allow them to enjoy music as they understand, create and reproduce what they hear and like.
How is this accomplished with new arrivals and beginners at our Guitar School?
The best way to learn guitar is to reproduce in class the real life musical context. We do not play segments of songs but we play full songs. We play full songs by understanding tempo, song structure, chords, melody and accompaniment. At first we might not be able to play complex phrases or rhythms but from lesson one we will always be able to play a full song in a simple manner that makes us feel good and where music is constantly happening..
In a 10 week beginners guitar course all students will learn to:
Strum in subdivision following a tempo and create intensity throughout the accompaniment
Play a full diatonic melody in one scale at a solid tempo – (Verse Chorus)
Play along with a recording
Analyse the structure of choice of a song identifying: verse, chorus, introduction and endings.
Read with numbers a melody
Read notes in the first position
Read and write rhythms: Pages 1 to 10 a Paul Hindemith
Play scales with articulation: soft loud and accents
Play triads in open position creating bass lines and generating symmetries
Plays scales in various keys and the chords generated
Tune without a metronome
Transcribe a simple melody
Write an 8 bar melody with numbers
Explore the modes in major scale
All above topics create a solid foundation of a course that proves to be the best way to learn guitar if you wish to play with others and understand what music is all about.