Lessons vary from 90 minutes to 30 so depending on how long you have: expand or simplify part of the lesson. Please note that these plans are based off personal opinion, and have been created for someone who is teaching a student who has never before played the guitar.
The criteria that we will cover over the next basic lesson series" will be the follow:
Guitar position: (comfortable/efficient) in between thighs preferably.
Right elbow: touches top (face) of guitar.
Strumming hand position: pinky finger is used as a brace, no bouncing up and down when picking notes.
Left hand: strongly, mobile, thumb position: middle of neck/lower generally, finger dexterity exercises.
Music theory: notes/strings are notes/frets change pitch=>different note.
Different combinations of notes make chords. (E.g. minor, major. ect.)
Reading tablatures, (e.g. b / \ h p * )
Explanation of guitar methods:
Describe and Demo:
Different genres used different techniques and ask about the student preferred music genre.
Explain parts of the guitar and explain purposes of each specific part.
Holding guitar: classical style is useful but sometimes pointless (body in between legs) I prefer holding the guitar like this because I find it easier to move my left hand up and down the neck and can reach farther in that position.
Have students hold the guitar in a manner that is comfortable but allows them to play without any hindrances (e.g. sleeve hitting strings).
Have students place elbow on the face of guitar and from there have them strum over the pickups (should be smooth movement).
Right hand (picking hand), how to hold/pick properly. Note: don't pick away from the guitar, have student pick string slowly and over exaggerate the technique by having the pick touch the string below before returning to original position.
Alternate picking can be introduced but primarily practice getting a smooth picking motion.
Options for picking hand: use pinky finger as a brace, fist technique, OK hand signal method that allows other fingers to pick notes ect.
Left hand: have student place thumb on the direct opposite side of a fret. Then place middle and ring finger on the frets on either side of the fret.
Explain how hand has to be strong, flexible, and able to move quickly and your fingers will develop strength as they play.
Try: (after teaching names of strings) G-major