Individual LessonsProgram or Tutoring
$25 @ 1 hour
Learn to play guitar in only 12 lessons!
On site or Skype
Unlike others, our unique program teaches you skills in a progressive way. You will master rhythm and chords, and will learn how to put them together, along with your voice, into the songs you love. Once you have mastered the basics, our program helps you polish those skills and rounds up your playing through essential transposing, tablature, and fret board techniques.
Class #1 - Know your Guitar
Class #2 - Learn Rhythm and Scales
Class #3 - Read Tablature and Play Melodies
Class #4 - Introduction to Chords
|Class||What you will Learn|
|1||Know your guitar and find out what playing is all about.|
|2||Learn how to tune your guitar, and learn about Chords and how to practice them.|
|3||Learn to coordinate your left and right hands - Play chords and strumming patterns.|
|4||Learn how to choose a strumming pattern and begin playing songs.|
|5||Learn picking patterns and how to practice them.|
|6||Learn to coordinate your left and right hands - Play songs that use picking patterns.|
|7||Learn Spanish rhythms and how to practice them, or learn more strumming and picking patterns.|
|8||Learn to coordinate your left and right hands - Play songs that use Spanish rhythms, or continue playing songs with strumming and picking patterns.|
|9||Learn to transpose songs into a key you can sing.|
|10||Learn to read tablature - Play songs from tablature.|
|11||Learn about notes on the fret board, other scales, and how to play bass on your guitar.|
|12||Review all concepts; Learn how to play in a group and what you can do to avoid routine.|
Groups, Programs and Tutoring by: Sandra Hudson
Other Individual Lessons by: Susan Howard
©2009 Sandra Hudson
Although there are many different types of music, many different guitar playing styles, and many different ways of teaching it, there's actually only one way to play it. Understanding this makes it easier to learn how to play the guitar. What do we mean?
In addition to proper posture and hold, playing guitar requires that you master some basic right-hand and left-hand skills. The fingers in both hands use motions similar to those required for typing. Thus, if you can type, you can play! Once you master these specific skills, you must learn to coordinate both hands to work together, while at the same time keeping your tempo. Then you may also add your voice to complete the song.
Your left hand selects the musical notes by pressing the strings in specific frets. Selecting individual notes results in playing the melody, as done in lead guitar and solos. Selecting a group of notes results in playing chords for accompaniment. Although the notes making up chords follow specific musical formulas, you simply need to learn the fingers' positioning from a chord chart and be able to switch between chords with fluency and ease.
Your right hand produces the musical sounds for the notes or chords you press with your left hand. You can do this by picking or strumming the strings over the sound hole. Picking requires that you "pluck" the strings with your thumb, index, middle and ring fingers in a specific finger-sequence. This is also known as arpeggios, and is commonly used when playing classical-style guitar and slow songs. Strumming, however, requires a pendulum-like motion of the arm that produces a different sound depending on whether or not the fingers (or pick) strike the strings as the arm moves up or down, as done when playing folk, country, rock and other types of music. Whether picking or strumming, the pattern you follow repeats itself throughout the whole song and, along with the speed in which you play it, becomes the rhythm.
The coordination of both hands is the most challenging part of learning to play guitar. To accomplish it, you must first individually master each hand's skills to the point where it becomes second nature. Once you are able to play the notes or chords following the rhythm the song calls for, whether you sing or not, you are playing guitar.
Playing guitar is actually easier than it sounds. Although it does require practice, just a couple of minutes a day, or as often as you can, will be enough to accomplish your goal. The trick is to concentrate your efforts on one skill at a time, in a progressive way, building the next skill after the previous one is mastered.
And here is where our program can help!
Our classes are designed to progressively guide you and assist you in building the necessary skills in a proven, effective way. You will master rhythm, learn chord fingering, clear sound and proper switching by the third class. If you invest just a few minutes a day and practice some simple exercises, you will, like most of our students, be able to play strummed songs of your choice by the fourth class! After that, we help you master picking techniques, polish your strumming techniques, develop your ear, and teach you other essential techniques, including transposing and tablature, that will allow you to continue expanding your playing capabilities on your own... in only twelve classes.
Learning to play does not need to be hard or take forever. We can help!
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