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

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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 – 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.