#1
Today is the day this old-dude starts his first lesson. I am probably just going to go over basics, like the proper way to hold the guitar, posistioning your hands in the proper manner, etc.

Before doing this, I'll probably ask him what he wants to learn on the guitar, or what he wants to get out of it. I'm assuming he wants to get to a point where he can start learning songs, so I figured starting him off on the right foot (technique) would definitely aid in that.


What would you guys do, or what would you do differently?
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#2
Try and teach him 2 easy chords (e minor and A?)
And then he can practice them
But yeah, teach him all the parts etc.
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#3
I'd ask him what bands he likes. If he likes classic stuff, first get him into hand positions and strumming. Then I'd teach him simple power chords like an E. Also teach him how to tune his guitar, and tell when it's out of tune.
#4
this is probably quite patronising of me but remember he might have arthiritis in his hands so u might have to be VERY patient. Apart from that i say just teach him as u would anyone else, until u get to know him better.
#5
shit that's a difficult task
haha i agree with the guy above me
some easy open chords and i'm sure he'll be happy
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#6
Start him off with three chords. E, G, and D. If he wants to start learning songs this early, ACDC - TNT.
#7
yea, i figured Id start him on open chords, then move to the easy barre chords, which aren't always easy to articulate, at first.


The thing to remember is not to stay tensed. I will tell him "if its too difficult, don't force it. If you feel pain, or hand becoming tensed up, try to relax. This may mean you hold your hand in that position for 10 minutes, trying to stay relaxed. You might not "hit" the chord at first, but its something that will come in time"

I really don't think I would get to that point in 30-45 minutes, especially if he knows nothing coming in, which I think is his case
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#8
LOTS of patience man. A 75 yr old probably isn't going to have great dexterity, especially if he's never played before. Better start learning some 50's tunes bro.
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#9
im really not worried about what he wants to learn.


I'm a technique-*****, so I not too worried about his development. It wasn't TOO long ago that I went through the steps myself.

I will reinterate to him the importance of 'patience', and not trying to overdo anything, as well as the role tension plays.
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#10
I really can't imagine 50s songs being demanding, at all :lol:
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#11
haha, I meant patience for you man. Yeah, 50's tunes should be fun to learn actually. Some of those old standards looked pretty kickass to play as remember. My grandfather used to play jazz guitar, so I got to watch him play when I was little.
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#12
well, considering my next student is 8, I'll have to be patient eventually :lol:


but yea, I expect him to shut up, and just listen for a while. If he answers back correctly enough, I'll show him how to go about fingering some chords, and maybe some strum patterns.

I really don't know if he wants to finger pick or use a regular pick. Either way, Ill be prepared
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#13
Have him use a regular pick. Finger picks are too small. If he's 75, he'll probably end up either dropping it a half million times, or scraping his fingers up on the strings.
#14
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get him some buddy holly

some of those guitar parts are quite cool
#15
I honestly I have no idea...


if anything, its good for me. I've been reading ibreathmusic articles/lessons all day
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#16
Nick from MX?
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#19
i would teach him the same as i would another beginner. older people really hate it if you treat them differently because they are old. if he is all there in the head (assuming he is since he wants to learn guitar) then just treat him like anyone else, he may want to learn elvis or some chuck berry instead of metallica, but whatever, he is still a beginner.


but since he is older, he may say "im old, so go slow" and if so, try going normal speed, and if its too much, then just repeat untill he gets it. i teach old people how to use their brand new satellite television, and they get it, just a bit slower than a 6 year old.

make sense?
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#20
yea, basically you're saying not to specifically cater to his age unless he requests I do so :thumb:
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#21
^yea, or if you see he is having problems, then make a change, but i would do it the same.
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#22
so how did it go?
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#23
I was thinking,since his fingers might be weak,maybe you should tune his guitar down to D?
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