#1
A kid's parents who live down the street from me told me their son wants to play guitar. They want me to give him lessons, I'm no expert but i'm better than a 7 year old who's never picked up a guitar in his life.

He's got one of the ashton starter guitars, the ones with a built in tuner. So they're paying me $20.00 for each lesson (1 hour)

What can I do to keep a kid that age interested, and what can i teach him to do that he will understand AND show his parents that he's making progress?
#4
Teach him some easy three chord song. Something he can learn with an hour of good practice. That will keep him interested because he can already play a song ^.^ YAYZERS. But after that maybe the pentatonic or major scale because thats something I learnt very early on and I was hooked instantly whereas some people I know that were working through chord books got sick of it very quickly. So yeah easy three chord song first (maybe quite rocky) and then a scale. Hope it goes ok
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teach him a dragonforce song, great way to start

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#7
Yeah i like that three chord idea. But would even that be too much for a 7 year old? I'm thinking maybe teaching him the names of the strings and explaining frets and what everyting does to him for the first lesson
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Yeah i like that three chord idea. But would even that be too much for a 7 year old? I'm thinking maybe teaching him the names of the strings and explaining frets and what everyting does to him for the first lesson


Might be an idea for the first ten minutes but I mean it might just bore him to death. A quick little thing like that for ten minutes at the beginning of a lesson is a good idea I think though. Teach him how to read tab and/ or chord diagrams as your going along as well.
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Yeah i like that three chord idea. But would even that be too much for a 7 year old? I'm thinking maybe teaching him the names of the strings and explaining frets and what everyting does to him for the first lesson


At his age that'll go over his head. You should teach him some easy songs and sort of incorperate that into the lessons so that he learns about the strings and frets over time rather than in one lump.
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At his age that'll go over his head. You should teach him some easy songs and sort of incorperate that into the lessons so that he learns about the strings and frets over time rather than in one lump.


Thanks! So teach him maybe Am Em and DMaj in the first few lessons?
#13
you could start by just using the e and b string, and getting him to practice the ability to push down on the fret, then pretty quick teach him a real easy melody.
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Thanks! So teach him maybe Am Em and DMaj in the first few lessons?


Maybe something more happy you don't want him crying becausemusic makes him feel bad XD
Something Like DMaj, Dsus4, GMaj or something. The D's sound really good together and it'll sound really clever when in fact its just adding your little finger.
#15
20$, man yr ripping him off.
Teach him the basic chords, then teach him some easy three chord songs to play. If he he's into it, he'll progress in no time. Cause in the end all you need is a guitar, someone to teach you something and desire to play music.
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#16
hey rizo you stoll my pic, what the hell is it ive always wondered? anyways, theres some books you can go to, which teach the strings with song buildups and all that, if im making sense. mhm, so work with a book. and DONT let him use tab until hes done a bit of theory and proper reading.
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trust me, he'll love sitting at home playing that to himself lol

you should teach him simple cromatic excersises but make it fun, tell him he will get cool finger muscles if he doest it 5 times everyday, or something he might find funny, either way it will make him practice.

Then when he has a bit more finger strength teach him some open chords and simple songs with them.
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you could start by just using the e and b string, and getting him to practice the ability to push down on the fret, then pretty quick teach him a real easy melody.

I agree.
You could buy a beginners book, work from that for a few weeks, when he gets used to the feel of his guitar, learn him more songs/chords whatever.
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#19
Just get his fingers to numb up, cuz they will hurt at first, but at the same time keep him interested by playing a little cool song.
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#20
teach him some simple chords like listed then show him how to play something really simple that his parents and he will both find fun and entertaining for the short period of time like maybe the star spangled banner or some child nursery rhymes some stuff like that because at his age I doubt he even really likes music and if he does I doubt it is anything he can play and smoke on the waters riff is something that will main him sound nifty lol
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#21
smoke on the water opening riff, need i say more, it will please his parents to hear him play it and he will b happy cuz he can play a preety cool riff
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teach him some simple chords like listed then show him how to play something really simple that his parents and he will both find fun and entertaining for the short period of time like maybe the star spangled banner or some child nursery rhymes some stuff like that because at his age I doubt he even really likes music and if he does I doubt it is anything he can play and smoke on the waters riff is something that will main him sound nifty lol


I dunno why a New Zealand kid would be interested in learning the Star Spangled Banner


But yeah, I think i'll buy a book and work with him off that for a bit, get him to do some chromatic things, just doing 1-2-3-4 on the e string i guess, and once his fingers build up show him chords to an easy song. Cheers!
#23
He's 7? Aside from obviously teaching things to keep him interested, joke around with him, treat him like a little brother (without the fighting of course), and he'll look up to you. I do things like that when I babysit. I like kids though, dunno about you.
#24
you need to get him to like you and look up to you or he's gonna give up. he also won't even like music yet probably, try letting him listen to your music outside of the lessons, like just hanging with him. he'll think you're the coolest person ever and want to learn guitar. and remember he probably won't be able to pick up things as fast as you did when you started.
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I dunno why a New Zealand kid would be interested in learning the Star Spangled Banner


But yeah, I think i'll buy a book and work with him off that for a bit, get him to do some chromatic things, just doing 1-2-3-4 on the e string i guess, and once his fingers build up show him chords to an easy song. Cheers!

oh lmao I didnt notice but you know what I mean simple little melodies
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you need to get him to like you and look up to you or he's gonna give up. he also won't even like music yet probably, try letting him listen to your music outside of the lessons, like just hanging with him. he'll think you're the coolest person ever and want to learn guitar. and remember he probably won't be able to pick up things as fast as you did when you started.

Talk about things outside of lessons too... like when you're writing something down, just say something passing about your girlfriend (assuming you have one, which is probably a bad assumption). He'll be like "Ewww, you have a girlfriend!" and he'll giggle or something like 7 year old boys do, and probably make fun of you for "fraternizing with the enemy", just go along with that, he'll just think you're cooler.
#27
1. Make sure there is nothing distracting around when you give him lessons. No magazines laying around or tv on or anything.
2.Never lend him your guitar(at least until you are fully confident in his abilities)
3.Make sure you teach the basics first, tuning, how to hold it, string changing etc
4 Encourage him to learn scales and chords. All the students i've had were disinterested in chords and quit after i showed them chords.
5. Give him sheets as reminders.
6 Take time to prepare lessons.It makes a big difference in your confidence levels and looks professional infront of the parents.
7. Find out his music tastes and teach him a song by his favourite band
8.Introduce him to different styles and genres of music
9. Praise his efforts, keep it possitive, no one likes to be told that they are doing something wrong.
10.If all else fails, bribery with lollies works
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#28
Teach him the chords for Wild Thing. Make sure you play him the song and let him know that's what you're aiming for so he'll feel more motivated and have more sense of achievement when he's done.

After that, teach him a few scales (major, blues, pentatonic) and how to do power chords. Then you can pretty much go from there teaching him various songs and techniques.
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Teach him the chords for Wild Thing. Make sure you play him the song and let him know that's what you're aiming for so he'll feel more motivated and have more sense of achievement when he's done.

After that, teach him a few scales (major, blues, pentatonic) and how to do power chords. Then you can pretty much go from there teaching him various songs and techniques.


Exactly what I was thinking! Also after wild thing Back in black i a very nice one as it utilizes the same chords
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Exactly what I was thinking! Also after wild thing Back in black i a very nice one as it utilizes the same chords


why would a 7 year old want to learn ac/dc?
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why would a 7 year old want to learn ac/dc?


Why wouldn't he?
#35
yea.. ask him if there's any bands he likes, and try to teach him a simple song from that.. also, for a kid.. hour long lessons might be pretty long for him.. could trim em down to 1/2 hour so they dont' drag or make him feel that its too hard
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yea.. ask him if there's any bands he likes, and try to teach him a simple song from that.. also, for a kid.. hour long lessons might be pretty long for him.. could trim em down to 1/2 hour so they dont' drag or make him feel that its too hard

Yeah, when I took lessons, they were only a half hour, and piano lessons now are only 50 minutes (but that's cause its a school class)
#38
You probably would have been much better off to start this in Guitar & Bass Basics.

Not only does this not belong in the Pit, but you would have been more likely to get quality responses in a more appropriate forum.

1 - Talk to the parents. Decide whether to teach from lead sheets and chord charts, or from tabs.

2 - Try to include a variety of things to keep it interesting.

3 - Standard pieces like Ode to Joy are pleasant to hear.

4 - If the kid likes rock or punk or whatever, try to simplify something he likes, and teach him that.

5 - Scales are a necessary evil. Teach him majors and minors, in addition to pentatonics.

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Yeah and it was one of the most useless pieces of advice in the entire thread:

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you need to get him to like you and look up to you or he's gonna give up. he also won't even like music yet probably, try letting him listen to your music outside of the lessons, like just hanging with him. he'll think you're the coolest person ever and want to learn guitar. and remember he probably won't be able to pick up things as fast as you did when you started.


He asked what to teach the kid, not how to be a mentor.

Most of the rest of the advice in this thread is much more useful. Also, why shouldn't a 7 year old pick things up as quickly? People learn at different speeds regardless of age.
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