#1
Okay so i'm giving my first guitar lesson today and I just wanted to ask the fellow UG'ers if my lesson plan was sufficient enough and/or if I should add/remove anything.

So the lesson is going to be an hour.
I will first teach some basic finger exercises for dexterity.
I will also teach an alternative picking exercise, sometimes called the spider technique. Most of you probably know it.
After that I am going to introduce the 3 chords, Emaj Amaj and Dmaj all in root position.
Finally, I was thinking of going into maybe transcribing simple songs like happy birthday , ode to joy, etc off one string just so the person can get a taste of rhythm.

So tell me what you guys think, feel free to leave constructive feedback. Thanks
#2
I'd be careful about teaching things like 'Happy Birthday'; that can be exactly what some people don't want out of a guitar lesson.

Also, instead of just an exercise you may want to teach a couple of scales for picking like your basic minor pentatonic and major scale; the last thing you want to teach a beginner is something that has absolutely no musical value at all, it'll turn them right off playing.
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#3
Hi Zaph, thanks for responding. You're right about the happy birthday part, i'm going to scratch it. Though i'm scared teaching a scale might a bit overwhelming at first, because this person has no guitar experience at all, the stretches might be a tad too much. I was thinking of saving that for the second lesson and stressing that the person gets the chords down. But I will definitely think about teaching the minor penta.
#4
:smacks himself: I shouldn't have left this in the basics section lol, I'll repost into the pit
#5
If they have no experience on guitar whatsoever, you should probably start teaching them about the guitar. String names, what a fret is, how to finger a fret... that's a good place to start. You also should teach them how terms you're going to use.
#6
normally when i teach a first lesson, its finger dexterity 5-10 teach them one or two chords and Rhythm getting them to strum right 1.2.3.4 d.d.u.d, IN TIME
also
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then show them 1 scale, tell them one finger one fret

make sure they use there pinky
#7
If you're worried about stretches there are alternate major scale shapes such as the following G Major in one octave with no stretches:


e|-----------------
b|-----------------
g|-----------------
d|-----------2-4-5-
a|------2-3-5------
e|-3-5-------------


This might sound a little harsh but I'm definitely of the opinion that if you have to ask what to teach you probably shouldn't be doing it though.
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#8
i say teach em some of the stuff you said, but also ask them what they want to learn, or maybe some of their favorite songs, to keep them interested.
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#9
Thanks for all the input guys- Greatly appreciated.

I will teach a scale also
#10
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
If you're worried about stretches there are alternate major scale shapes such as the following G Major in one octave with no stretches:


e|-----------------
b|-----------------
g|-----------------
d|-----------2-4-5-
a|------2-3-5------
e|-3-5-------------


This might sound a little harsh but I'm definitely of the opinion that if you have to ask what to teach you probably shouldn't be doing it though.

I could understand if he had done lessons before, but it is his first lesson...
Teachers need to learn to teach too.
#11
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I could understand if he had done lessons before, but it is his first lesson...
Teachers need to learn to teach too.


Learning how to teach is one thing but a teacher should know what to teach even if they're not sure of how to go about it. Also being able to identify what to teach is an important skill, especially when there are so many sources for just about every piece of guitar related information out there for free on the internet.
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#12
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
Learning how to teach is one thing but a teacher should know what to teach even if they're not sure of how to go about it. Also being able to identify what to teach is an important skill, especially when there are so many sources for just about every piece of guitar related information out there for free on the internet.


I had an idea of what to teach, I am sure I wasn't completely off. I was just asking for more input and advice and I am glad I did because now I have an even better idea. Anywho, I appreciate the advice Zaph, no offense taken

Thanks again guys