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  • Writer's pictureBryce Leader

Tunes for Guitar Kids

Updated: Jun 13, 2020

Stuck for something to teach your young guitar students? 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 this video, lesson 28 in the series, The student starts to emerge as an independent note reader. The piece is constructed using a descending step-wise motion (covered in previous pieces) and the student has only to process the pitch of one note per bar so it is not too taxing on them. As for being a part in an evolving story, there is a hint that not all is well in Simon's household and in a tale many children can relate to, his mother may be moving out. Hopefully this tale will let children know that this period of stress in their lives is fairly common and they are not the only ones enduring it.

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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