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!
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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.