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  • Writer's pictureBryce Leader

Play Guitar Now! Small steps to reading music

Lesson 24. Looking for kids activities during isolation? Copy, Play and Learn Guitar offers free, online beginner guitar tutorials. Using modern child friendly teaching techniques with age appropriate and exciting songs, this a great place for for kids to start learning to play guitar and reading music. 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.

In enabling students to learn to mentally process pitch and rhythm and thus read music, the student will be able to recognise and play a two bar melody ascending and then descending. Up to this point students have been making the connection between the alphabetical order of notes on the stave and the alphabetical order of notes on the finger board. This piece helps reinforce that knowledge. As for being a part in an evolving story, we learn that the main character, Simon is convinced that the yellow coloured wax dripping from his ears is gold. He develops a bit of a "I'm better than you" attitude. Will he get his comeuppance?

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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