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  • Writer's pictureBryce Leader

Effective strategies for teaching guitar to young people.

Updated: Nov 24, 2021

Whether they are learning to walk or talk it's well known that young kids learn most naturally by imitating the actions of a parent or teacher. This series of guitar lessons, designed especially for young children, exploits that fact.

In this video, lesson 27 in the series, The phrase lengths of the piece are only two bars long but the melody is more complex than in previous lessons as there are more notes for the student to mentally process. Every second phrase is the same or similar and is easily remembered. Constructed using either notes on the lines or the spaces, note names and positions on the stave are reinforced.

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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