#1
I've recently taken on a new guitar student and I have a small problem. I don't know what to teach him.

He's got a pretty decent skill level for how long he's been playing, just a few months. He really likes AC/DC, as well as Guns N' Roses and Black Sabbath. However, the first thing I really gave him was "Seek & Destroy" by Metallica, which he liked a lot. However, the next song I gave him was "Title & Registration" by Death Cab for Cutie, a song he didn't seem to like so much, but he did find difficult, which was the point. However, I'd like to teach him something he wants to play.

Now, I am totally fine with teaching him how to play Black Sabbath and AC/DC songs, except for one thing. His father doesn't want me to teach him certain things, especially songs pertaining to the Devil. So I don't really know what to teach. My next thought was some simple Led Zeppelin songs, but the next thing in his range of skill level as far as I know is Whole Lotta Love, a very boring song to learn. Help!?
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#2
Dude What AC/DC, Black Sabbath are both the devils music you heathen no lol man

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one- Metallica

what genre are you really looking for
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#4
Chances are if he's just a fan of metal and likes that genre, he's not going to know a great deal about the messages behind the lyrics - maybe play the songs you're planning to teach to his Dad to get 'approval' first?
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Most Black Sabbath has absolutely nothing to do with satan...the only thing I can think of that is actually related to satan is Black Sabbath (the song) and most of that is describing terrible fear of satan. Teach him Sabbath Bloody Sabbath or some of Tony Iommi's solo stuff; very sabbath-esque but tends to be more about presonal problems...you'll need to downtune a bit though.
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Marilyn Manson is good....Slayer...Dimmu Borgir.... anything worth teaching to a kid whos parents are assholes like that
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#7
um why has nobody else told him to teach him theory? Learning songs does not really make you get any better
#8
Teach him some Darkness songs. Not too devilish...just shy away from things like One Way Ticket to Hell (and Back).
#9
Why does his dad not want him learning the guitar part to "satanic" music?
And anyways, you should try to convince the dad to let his kid play what the kid wants.
Or teach some "less Satanic" songs by those bands, if possibly
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#10
Why are you teaching him songs? Its pretty easy to get tabs by himself, you should teach him theory so he can make up his own solos.

Also unless this kid is also doing vocals how does playing the guitar have to do with the devil.
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um why has nobody else told him to teach him theory? Learning songs does not really make you get any better


The point is to teach him songs that use techniques which he hasn't learned yet. That way it's fun and he's learning. Theory doesn't actually teach your body how to do it, it just helps your mind understand what your body is doing. Both are good, but for beginners you need to keep them interested and theory GENERALLY isn't the way to go about it (just add it in slowly as you go along, not piles up front).
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Also unless this kid is also doing vocals how does playing the guitar have to do with the devil.


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Chances are if he's just a fan of metal and likes that genre, he's not going to know a great deal about the messages behind the lyrics - maybe play the songs you're planning to teach to his Dad to get 'approval' first?


This was my thought I suppose, but it's rather tedious. Are there any just kind of classic standard rock songs I could teach him? My method was to teach him how I was taught, but that includes many things like Sabbath and Metallica, most especially early on, so I can't exactly go like that with him. My other thoughts were some Green Day to get him accenting rhythms and doing rakes (Like in Brain Stew), but yeah.

Also, I know Sabbath isn't really talking about the devil that much, but that's not how his father will see it.
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Why are you teaching him songs? Its pretty easy to get tabs by himself, you should teach him theory so he can make up his own solos.




Yes. As a teacher, you should also teach him some theory to show him the "why" as well as the "how". Start with some scales.
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Well just go for older classic rock things like Led Zep, Cream, Derek & the Dominoes and all that kind of thing, just avoid Sabbath and possibly other bands that have been associated with the whole "devil worship" thing; I would avoid arguing with the father, he could decide to take his child somewhere more acommodating to learn guitar.
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#18
Maybe you should try exposing him to different genres of music. Maybe some blues or jazz?

Just a suggestion.
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Maybe you should try exposing him to different genres of music. Maybe some blues or jazz?

Just a suggestion.


This was already my thought, but I don't want to put him off in lessons, so I want him to play the kind of music he already likes.

Also, everyone telling me to teach him music theory, you people are retarded.

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The point is to teach him songs that use techniques which he hasn't learned yet. That way it's fun and he's learning... for beginners you need to keep them interested and theory GENERALLY isn't the way to go about it (just add it in slowly as you go along, not piles up front).


That guy has it spot on. For now, the first mode of the pentatonic will do.
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#20
Stupid question, how does the father find guitar playing related to the devil. Its not like you're teaching him vocals.
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I recommend TNT and Thunderstruck by ACDC, easy to learn, easy to teach, easy to play, fun. It'll make him think that he's accomplished alot at the end of the lesson too.
#22
The kid learns the songs, but then also listens to them on the radio or youtube and sings I guess. Anyway, yeah, TNT sounds like a good idea. Thunderstruck may still be too hard for him.
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