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  • Writer's pictureBryce Leader

Bringing guitar tuition for young beginners into the 21st Century.

Early childhood education has come a long way in the last 72 years. So, why is it that we still teach kids to play guitar and read music the same way Mel Bay did in 1948?

To assist the beginner learn to play guitar and read music confidently, this series of lessons makes use of a child's natural learning instincts. Children are visual learners and will naturally imitate the actions of a parent or teacher in the early stages of their learning journey, that's why this series involves the teacher playing short phrases and the student imitates them. The pieces use visually logical and easily memorable finger patterns. A story, woven into the pieces, evolves as the student progresses. This video is lesson 22 in the series. The melody featured uses two bar phrases made of notes on either lines or spaces and will therefore present a "skip". The student will be encouraged to review the prompts for working out the names of the notes on the lines and spaces. It also features Copy, Play and Learn Guitar graduate, young Mitchell C. playing some classical guitar. As for being a part in an evolving story, we learn that the main character, Simon, enjoys playing his X box. hashtag#guitarlessonshashtag#musiclessonshashtag#guitarteacherhashtag#guitarplayerhashtag#musiceducationhashtag#easyguitarhashtag#freekidsguitarlessons

Guitar Teaching Program

To achieve the best results and a positive learning experience for young guitar students, a good teaching program is essential. Copy, Play and Learn Guitar is the best available kids guitar book for very young students. It uses modern, child friendly techniques designed for their stage of physical and cognitive development. It addresses the issues and implements strategies to achieve note reading fluency and chord recognition. Using exciting and engaging songs as subject matter, it comes with free backing tracks, teaching resources and teaching points for each piece. There are also free videos available on YouTube. As the child progresses through the book, a story evolves of a boy and his friends and family involving racing cars, pets, smelly socks and more.

About the Author

Music Educator, Composer and Guitarist, Bryce Leader, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and an A(Mus)A in Classical Guitar. He has been a classroom music teacher and guitar teacher for over thirty years and performs regularly in classical, jazz, rock and country music contexts.

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