#1
Hi, I'm going to start giving guitar lessons to a friend of mine. I was hoping some people could give me some advice how .
I have no clue how to teach guitar, what do I start with? I thought of just a few minutes to get used to the guitar and then the basic chords Am E G D C. Perhaps a simple chord progression, though that might be pushing it, I really don't know .

Also I know from my own experience it really motivated me to practice if I knew some easy, but instantly recognizable riffs, so I figured I could perhaps learn my friend some of the easiest riffs ever. I was thinking about RHCP's Californication and Shinedown's 45 acoustic version. Any other suggestions would be appreciated .

Thanks a lot!
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#2
The idea with teaching the chords and a simple chord progression is what my guitar teacher did with me at my first lessons so I think it is a good idea.

Maybe some chromatics to get the fingers strengthened up?

Maybe the Chillipeppers is a bit much at first especially if it uses powerchords. Focus on the simple chords first - then progressions with those chords - afterwards go towards powerchords and other stuff. That's just what I think though......
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#3
Here's what I'd do:

1) Simple riffs to get them motivated? (depends on the person)
2) Teach them open chords: A C D E G + Am Em Dm
3) Work on simple progressions: C G C G, D G D G, etc..
4) More difficult progressions: D C G D, A D G C, etc..
5) Try a few easy songs, played slowly (Brown Eyed Girl, Take It Easy)
6) Barre Chords, names of notes, bends, blah blah blah

Thats just a start, but its usually a good way to get people on track.
Last edited by Billyjson at Mar 29, 2008,
#4
I would also start teaching him some simple chord songs, like Californicaion kinda. And everytime you teach him a new technique or barre chords, give him several songs if you can to help him practice that technique.
#5
when i got lessons the first thing my teacher did was make sure i wanted to learn, so check that he wants to stick with it. Second, teach him something easy, like a major scale or some major chords, to build strength/coordination. After he practices that, teach him stuff like hammering, tapping, Alternate picking, etc. If he does all this for a while, he'll probably will begin to learn on his own, stuff like sweeping, palm muting, difficult solos, etc. It also helps if you teach him a little theory if he wants to, for writing or improvising. He may not need it, seeing as i can improv pretty well and i've only been playing since november, using the few things my teacher taught me.
Last edited by Pat_s1t at Mar 29, 2008,
#6
okay
first thing i learned
is i developed finger strength

so simple chromatic finger excersices he can do everyday
and then when you start teaching him some more complicated stuff
get him to learn songs he wants
i think this REALLY motivated me
because i learned songs I wanted to.
#7
Thanks a lot for the tips so far! We're starting acoustic lessons on wednesday .
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#8
My teacher gave me a Riff Sheet when I started out, including Walk this Way, Sweet Child of Mine, Pretty Woman and just a range of songs that were all easily recognisable.
#9
oh I should explain how tabs work at least right away eh.. and do you guys think I should show how to read notes from sheet music?
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#10
Sorry to burst your bubble but unless you know what to teach I don't think you should, it's all very well and good knowing how to play but a good player and a good teacher are not the same thing.
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#11
Look I'm not teaching for money or anything, I'm just helping a friend getting started on playing guitar.
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Quote by Billyjson
Here's what I'd do:

1) Simple riffs to get them motivated? (depends on the person)
2) Teach them open chords: A C D E G + Am Em Dm
3) Work on simple progressions: C G C G, D G D G, etc..
4) More difficult progressions: D C G D, A D G C, etc..
5) Try a few easy songs, played slowly (Brown Eyed Girl, Take It Easy)
6) Barre Chords, names of notes, bends, blah blah blah

Thats just a start, but its usually a good way to get people on track.


I think this is very good idea. I just started in January with a teacher. I only get 30 minutes per week. He started the following way (perhaps this can help you):

1. Simple cords E and Em and Am for first two weeks. Strumming just down. Always gave me simple progressions.
2. After a couple of weeks, added D. Really struggled on that one but it forced middle finger in an "odder" location. Added new progressions.
3. After 4 weeks, we begun simple songs using these cords: Clapton's Wonderful Tonight. Emphasize switching cords.
4. Next added C and G and Hey Joe. Also varied strumming but still down.
5. Next after two months added strumming up and added Cold Play One and Dead FLowers.

That's where we are now but we have developed a new list of songs. I would say this progression is about right if you can practice 30-60 minutes a day five days a week.

Hope that helps.
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