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post Feb 11 2008, 12:20 AM
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Hey, I have started to teach a 10 year old kid to play guitar. He have only played for a couple of weeks, and I have had one lesson with him so far where I taught him some basic chords and stuff.

Now, I'm not quite sure what to teach him next. Can anybody give me some tips and pointers? =)
I know there was a topic about this a while back, but I couldn't find it..

Btw, he plays electrical guitar, not aucustic.
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post Feb 11 2008, 12:24 AM
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Tell him about the instrument, first of all. Make sure he knows what the different parts of the guitar are, the string names, etc.
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post Feb 11 2008, 12:26 AM
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Start with notes on fretboard , how are they distributed there (half steps etc)...Show him the chords, and maybe some basic scales..Also proper hand positioning techniques etc.. wink.gif


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post Feb 11 2008, 12:28 AM
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If possible a simple three chord song to keep interest going. Also introduce them to GuitarMasterClass.net. That way they can see where they are going to on this guitar quest.
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post Feb 11 2008, 12:36 AM
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Teach him how to play some heavy sounding power chord progressions...
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post Feb 11 2008, 12:42 AM
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thanks for all the replies! this is good stuff


QUOTE (Robwylde @ Feb 11 2008, 12:28 AM) *
If possible a simple three chord song to keep interest going.


Can you recomend a spesific song?
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post Feb 11 2008, 12:55 AM
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Knocking on a heavens door wink.gif hhehehe


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post Feb 11 2008, 12:59 AM
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Some stuff to teach:

  • String names
  • parts of the guitar
  • basic powerchords
  • basic triads
  • reading tab
  • Easy popular songs


QUOTE (Robwylde @ Feb 10 2008, 05:28 PM) *
If possible a simple three chord song to keep interest going. Also introduce them to GuitarMasterClass.net. That way they can see where they are going to on this guitar quest.


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post Feb 11 2008, 03:24 AM
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Don't give him boring stuff right away, give him something interesting, like easy songs or something. When you see him asking questions about theory THEN explain some basic concepts, starting with pentatonics and Cmajor scale. This is the most common way for absolute beginners to get and hold their interest in guitar.


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post Feb 11 2008, 07:40 AM
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The one and only Smoke on the water intro.


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post Feb 11 2008, 02:13 PM
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Ikke lær han for mye klassiske sanger wink.gif da kan det bli veldig kjedelig for han, da kan han miste interessen for å lære å spill gitar.
Da jeg va som ca 7 år så begynte jeg å gå på gitarkurs, da lære jeg å spille Pål Sine Høner osv. og siden broren min spilte masse rockelåter for meg når jeg kom på kurset blei jeg veldig lei av alt den skiten jeg lærte av gitarlæreren,
der etter mistet jeg lysten til å holde på med musikk, så ikke lær han kjedelige låter som Pål Sine Høner og Lisa Gikk Til Skolen x)
Du burde lære han litt akkorder og lære han litt om gitaren, deretter burde du lære han et par enkle rockelåter.


Hvis han liker rockelåter så har jeg et par sanger du kan lære han:
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Always On The Run - Lenny Kravitz(Det som Slash spiller wink.gif)

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post Feb 11 2008, 02:16 PM
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im 18 and im going to teach my 32 year old driving instructor next week tongue.gif

Should be fun- i've never taught before and he's new to guitar.

Thanks ill take some advice from here too wink.gif
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post Feb 11 2008, 02:17 PM
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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Feb 11 2008, 03:24 AM) *
Don't give him boring stuff right away, give him something interesting, like easy songs or something. When you see him asking questions about theory THEN explain some basic concepts, starting with pentatonics and Cmajor scale. This is the most common way for absolute beginners to get and hold their interest in guitar.

I don't think he should learn scales right away, I think he should get into the guitar playing first of all.
he should learn scales whene he is really intrested in guitar and music.


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post Feb 11 2008, 05:13 PM
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QUOTE (Jorbazz @ Feb 11 2008, 03:17 PM) *
I don't think he should learn scales right away, I think he should get into the guitar playing first of all.
he should learn scales whene he is really intrested in guitar and music.


I second that.

Theory can be really boring and unintresting, and I think there needs to be a sort of a enthusiasm and motivation which drives you to learn about the technical stuff.

Though I'm sure that if you incorporate small theory bits inside the playing lessons, it will work out nicely.

Even a pentatonic scale can be overwhelming if you know nothing about music. smile.gif
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post Feb 11 2008, 05:26 PM
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When I started, my sister taught me the basic chords. I took pictures of her fingerings and memorized the chords. Then when I had practiced the fingerings A LOT (to make actual sounds from them) I started playing my favorite songs. I found tabs that didn't fit with the original versions, but they were easier and kept my motivation high.
If he likes to sing, tell him to sing along with the songs he is playing, that way he will see results faster and become even more motivated. Thats what I did back then at least, and here I am, some 120 billion notes later and still loving it. smile.gif
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post Feb 11 2008, 05:46 PM
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post Feb 11 2008, 05:56 PM
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I think start off with tabs and chords. I hated learning chords, it made me put down the guitar for a long time. Teach him some easy popular songs. How about:
-Wake me up when September ends by green day
-The happy Birthday song

Thats all i can think of. He's ten so i guess he probably has small fingers so it may be hard for him. Who knows, he may be the next Hendrix or Slash since hed have so much time to practice.


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post Feb 11 2008, 08:43 PM
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I agree with you guys. Learning should be fun. As I stated in caps, when he is ready then show him the pentatonic, but as you say slowly.


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post Feb 11 2008, 10:40 PM
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I had a lesson with him today..
We repeted the most important chords, and I taught him Knocking on Heavens Door. I also taught him:

- String names
- parts of the guitar
- basic powerchords (smoke on water)
- reading tabs
- the first pentatonic box

I also taught him the james bond theme (he wanted to learn it tongue.gif ) and the intro on highway to hell by ac/dc.
Since he is 10 he doesn't really listen to that much music.. He just listens to pop (I'm trying to get him into blues and rock smile.gif )


Any recomandations for further teaching?


btw thanks for all the replies!

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post Feb 11 2008, 10:44 PM
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Give him some stevie ray vaughan and the doors man!! smile.gif


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