Learning your First Songs on Guitar – FREE Lead Sheet Sample

My approach, in private lessons, is to teach students how to play the songs they want to play, so I have created a “1st Songs” format with the Chorus and 1st Verse in lead sheet form on the left side of the page and standard chord charts on the right.

I add the strum patterns on the sheet after the student has learned the chord transitions. Then we can move from basic strumming to strumming & picking to fingerpicking, if applicable.
I usually can keep the songs in a 3 chord format and get a lot of concepts taught from a simple song they already know. It does make it a little easier if students don’t have to learn the song AND how to play it.

Four popular songs that many of my students like to learn are Ring of Fire, Sweet Home Alabama, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, and Silent Night. Click the orange link for a PDF sample lead sheet.  1st Song Sample

I invite your comments and suggestions since I am always open to improve my methods. After all, it is about helping my students fall in love with the music!

What would you like to learn about?

Ask your questions and I’ll answer them right here for you!

Taking you back to a simpler time… with music,

Steve Falter

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

Visit my Guitar Lesson Studio Web Site

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Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.


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Guitar Lesson Tips – My Recommended Practice Routine

Guitar Lesson Tips – My Recommended Practice Routine

Do you want to become a better guitar player? Of course you do, why else would you be reading this?

I’m going to share my best advice with you. Time tested and proven to work. It’s so simple that you’ll have a “Wow, I could’ve had a V-8” moment. Yet many instructors don’t teach it and many students don’t do it. It’s so effective, and critical, that I’m willing to give it to you for FREE!

Ready? OK, here it is. You should practice for one hour every day.

Yes, it really is that simple. I told you it would be, didn’t I?  That full hour will make all the difference in the world. That is why I only give one hour lessons. You simply can’t get enough information and application in a half hour to make progress at a nice pace.

It is very common for an experienced musician to take many hours, sometimes even eight hours to learn a single 3 ½ minute song well enough to perform it on stage.

But I can’t practice every day. OK. The hour is the most critical thing here. Some of my students have busy work schedules, so I understand. That is one reason I record every lesson as an mp3 and put it on a CD before they leave. I recommend they listen to the lesson during the week. If you have to skip practice, listen to your lesson while you’re in the car. It will sink in and reinforce your practice. It might even inspire you to practice more!

But I’m new and my fingers really hurt! OK. There are basically three things that you have to learn to play guitar. How to finger/fret the chords, strumming/timing and what strings to strum. Stop fingering the chords and just practice your timing and strumming the right strings. It won’t sound as pretty, but you will be developing your muscle memory for two of the three techniques you need to master. Kinda makes sense, doesn’t it?

Are you happy with your progress? If not, try practicing in full 1 hour sessions. Not more and not less.
I invite your comments and suggestions since I am always open to improve my methods. After all, it is about helping my students fall in love with the music!

Taking you back to a simpler time… with music,

Steve

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

Visit my Guitar Lesson Studio Web Site

Visit my Musician/Band Web Site

Check out my YouTube Channel

Listen to me on IM Radio


Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.



Guitar Lesson Tips – Two Forms to Help You Learn

Guitar Lesson Tips – Two Forms to Help You Learn

Here are two forms I use to help my students practice, learn and improve.

The first form is a Lesson Plan form that I created. It’s just a simple table with four rows and four columns as follows

Rows (top to bottom) – Goals, Worked On, Homework, Notes
Columns (L-R) – Songs, Technique, Chords, Theory

Here’s how I use it.

I fill it in, throughout the lesson, go over it with the student at the end of the lesson and give it to them to take home. They bring it back the next week and we start the lesson by going over the items on the form and then use that to pace the current lesson. This starts my comments for today’s lesson and helps me adjust my teaching methods and approach to be more effective for each student.

Next is the First Song form I created to present songs to students at the beginner level. I let my students tell me what songs, or genres, they want to learn. Then I put the first Verse and Chorus in this simple format along with the Chord Diagrams. Since the reason most people take lessons is to learn how to play the music they like, this is an easy way to keep them motivated.

You are more than welcome to copy, share and modify these forms. I just ask that you credit me as the original author and include the following link to my Blog http://wp.me/Ommi

I invite your comments and suggestions since I am always open to improve my methods. After all, it is about helping my students fall in love with the music!

What would you like to learn about?

Ask your questions and I’ll answer them right here for you!

Taking you back to a simpler time… with music,

Steve Falter

Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor

Visit my Web Site

Check out my YouTube Channel

Listen to me on IM Radio


Interested in taking Lessons in person (locally), or worldwide (via Skype) or booking Steve for a Private Party, House Concert or Office Function?  Just leave a comment and I will contact you by email (your address shows on my admin panel).

Steve started playing guitar in ‘69, and has been performing regularly since ’90. His involvement with recording and sound engineering began in the early ‘70’s.

Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.

As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.

2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.