Guitar for Music Educators: Learning How to Teach Guitar
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This course is designed to give you the knowledge you need to play the guitar and teach the instrument to students. The course is taught in the same way you would teach your class, covering the same topics in a class-based progression. In order to develop a multi-year class you will be given tools to develop a continuing guitar class, a class that develops the same ensemble skills and advanced musicianship that band, choir, and orchestra provide to students.
Throughout the course you will learn how to play and teach fingerstyle technique, picking technique, note reading, chord playing, and basic soloing. Images and videos will be used to demonstrate proper left and right hand placements on the guitar.
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|Section 1: Learning to Play the Guitar - Technique|
|This lecture provides an overview of the course. Here you will get an idea of what all will be covered in the course. The accompanying handout provides basic information on the guitar, guitar construction, parts of the instrument, and a hand reference guide.
|The "folk" seating position is probably the most common way of holding the instrument. Beginning guitarists will often sit with the instrument in the folk position without even being told to do so. In this lecture you will be shown what the folk position is and how to teach this to your students.|
|This lecture covers the "classic" seating position. The Classic seating position is what I recommend for beginning guitarists. Holding the guitar in this position frees up the fretting hand from having to secure the neck of the guitar. In this lecture, the classic seating position will be demonstrated and explained, giving you the knowledge you need to teach your students.|
|One of the most important aspects of playing the guitar is knowing how to fret notes on the instrument. In this lecture left hand technique will be covered.|
|This exercise is a great way to prepare the fretting hand. It also sets up the concept of positional playing, which is important when scale technique is introduced below. This lecture explains how to play and practice this exercise.|
Teaching the Chromatic Exercise
|This lecture provides an overview of right hand technique. Plectrum (pick) playing and fingerstyle are introduced in this lecture.|
|Picking notes on the guitar is one of the two primary ways to sound notes on the instrument. In this lecture an exercise for single-note picking is presented. This exercise is a great way for your students to build the techniques necessary to play more advanced music. Also, this technique will be used when scale playing and improvisation are introduced.|
|Playing with the fingers on the right hand allows the playing to play multi-voiced music. This lecture provides and overview of right hand fingerstyle technique.|
|This lecture applies the right hand rest-stroke concept with the four-note chromatic exercise previously discussed.|
|While the rest stroke technique is used in playing, free stroke technique is utilized the majority of the time. It is crucial that a student reach a level of proficiency in playing the chromatic exercise and scales with rest-stroke before free-stroke is introduced. The primary reason is that rest-stroke helps to build the proper muscle memory when it comes to playing with a solid fingerstyle technique. Skipping the rest-stroke could result in faulty fingerstyle movements.|
|Section 2: Learning to Play the Guitar - Chords|
|This lecture provides an overview of chord playing. Learning chords based around keys is a better way of learning and teaching the concept. Most method books do not approach chord playing in this manner. Chords from the key of G are also covered in this lecture.|
|The next key that will be explored is the key of E. This key is presented due to the ease at which a student can realize four chords with the same left hand shape. In this lecture you will be introduced to the shape needed to play four chords in the key of E.|
|Section 3: Learning to Play the Guitar - Scales|
|On the guitar, scale patterns can be learned that will allow your students to realize scales in all twelve keys, even before they know what the notes are in each scale. In this lecture a two-octave major scale pattern is presented. In the supplementary material handout the circle of fourths is also presented. The circle of fourths is a way to organize the playing of all twelve major scale patterns. An explanation of how to do this is covered in the handout.|
|The next important scale pattern in playing the guitar is the pentatonic scale. In this lecture you will be shown the pentatonic scale pattern. It is advisable to practice the pentatonic scale through the circle of fourths as well.|
|Section 4: Learning to Play the Guitar - Melodic Playing and Note Reading|
|Note reading on the guitar is a difficult and slow process. In this lecture you will learn how to get your students playing melodies with a guitar numbering system and via music notation. This will allow the student to play recognizable melodies quickly while they are learning how to recognize these notes on rhythms on the page.|
|Melodic playing via music notation opens up a world of possibilities for the student. This lecture explores the "best" way to teach melodic playing on the guitar. You will also learn how to progress to multi-voiced music playing with your students.|
|Section 5: Teaching the Guitar|
|This lecture describes the process of teaching note reading via a guitar numbering system. The supplementary material in the note reading lecture demonstrates what this looks like on "paper".|
|Playing with others is a great way to get your students to develop musicianship and maintain interest in learning the guitar. This lecture describes the process of students accompanying one another.|
|Teaching improvisation is not as daunting of a task than you might think. This lecture describes the process of using the major scale and pentatonic scale in improvisation. You will learn the process of teaching this to your students.|
|Incorporating Popular music pedagogy into your classroom is a great way to prepare your students to engage with guitarists who are not trained in music. This lecture discusses ways in which you can help your students acquire skills that are crucial in learning music from the record.|
|Section 6: Conclusion|
|For more information about teaching and learning the guitar be sure to visit www.lancebeaumont.com. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions about the course or ideas for other Udemy courses on teaching the guitar.|
Lance Beaumont is the head of the music program at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, OR and Adjunct Professor of guitar at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX. In addition to heading the music program, Lance teaches courses in music history, music technology, and worship leadership. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Capo Chord Book, published by Mel Bay Publications. Lance is endorsed by Alhambra guitars, Shubb Capos, and is a Hill Guitar Co. artist. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University, holding a BM and MM in classical guitar performance, and a DMA in Music Education from Boston University. His areas of specialty include guitar pedagogy, popular music pedagogy, sociomusicology, and music aesthetics.