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Offline tinhorn21

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I am a music teacher currently teaching in an Elementary school and take every opportunity that I can to promote Justin's website to my students since I genuinely believe that it is the best online learning resource for guitar and I love the way that Justin teaches. 

However, because of the age range of the kids that I teach I get a lot of younger students in the 6 to 11 year old age range who want to learn guitar and would appreciate any thoughts or advice on materials to use with younger kids. The beginners course is absolutely fantastic for older kids and adults, but somehow I feel that the song based material places a lot of demands on younger learners since they are required to sing and play at the same time plus many of them are still finding their voices.

Any ideas as to material for younger students would be greatly appreciated...not sure if this is possible but also hoping that in posting this question here it may eventually find it's way to Justin since I would love to get his input. Given that he tries to reach all levels of guitarists in his amazing course I cannot help but wonder if he has already had thoughts about younger players and suitable materials?

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Re: Does Justin have any suggestions for material for younger beginners?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2018, 05:02:54 am »
I think you're underestimate kids. They learn faster than any age group.
Kid can also sing. Infact they love to sing. Justin's beginner course is the
foundation that every guitar player needs no matter their age.
As a teacher your job is to find a way to get that information into their
brains in a fun way.
The easiest way to find what your student want to learn is to ask them.
Then find a way to fit that into Justin's BC.
 

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Re: Does Justin have any suggestions for material for younger beginners?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 05:33:42 am »
We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them, kids, alone
Hey, teacher! Leave them, kids, alone!
All in all, it's just another brick in the wall
All in all, you're just another brick in the wall



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Re: Does Justin have any suggestions for material for younger beginners?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 08:59:58 am »
@ tinhorn21

You ask a very valid question.
In my experience, small fingers can struggle to form and hold chords as a start point.
So I have taught a few children using single note melodies of well-known tunes / riffs as a starting point.
Firstly on one string.
Then, with progress, on two, three and more strings.
I use TAB notation with this so it gives an early introduction to that too.
I got the idea and a few resources from another Australian guitar teacher named Andrew Keppie.
He runs a site that is also free to use called Kids Guitar Zone.
I took the ideas he presents and used them to also extend to other songs that are popular with children of that age.
I have also used stripped down 'small' versions of chords that make playing more than just single notes a little easier.
Chords on no more than 3 strings at first.


      A     C      D      E      Em      G

e     0      0      2      0      0      3
B     2      1      3      0      0      0
G     2      0      2      1      0      0
D     x      x      x      x      x      x     
A     x      x      x      x      x      x 
E     x      x      x      x      x      x 

Once they become adept at holding the guitar, playing single note melodies, developing a basic sense of rhythm and playing some simple strums on these three-string chords, I tap back in to teaching as Justin does in the Beginners Course and search out songs that they like which fit the simple open chords …. and there are many as popular songs continue to use simple chord progressions in a tried and trusted way.

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Re: Does Justin have any suggestions for material for younger beginners?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2018, 02:04:32 pm »
Don’t think there is a “right way” to introduce the young to music. Just make it accessible I guess. Which can be done in the ways already suggested and probably lots of other ways. Stay receptive to ideas and seek them out.


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Re: Does Justin have any suggestions for material for younger beginners?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2018, 02:53:54 pm »
You could try them on a Baritone Ukulele first, the tuning is the same as the top 4 strings on guitar i.e. D G B E, and they are quite a bit smaller so easy for smaller hands etc
My singing sucks so I’m learning Guitar and Ukulele, it’s fun 🌟

 

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