GUITAR LESSONS

Guitar Lessons at McMusic Lessons & Performances


Guitar lessons are available on the acoustic, electric, or classical guitar. They can be adapted to any style or genre of preference. Students learn to read music, study theory, and practice technique. The guitar teacher works with students as they progress through a lesson book of appropriate age and level of play. The guitar lessons also incorporate exercises in technique and ear training. Students select songs of interest to set as musical goals.

FOCUS: 

Guitar Lessons in general focus on various styles of interest, learning to play favorite songs and related scales, strum patterns, rhythms, counting and form, ear training and interval recognition, technique, reading, open position chords, development and awareness of common chord progressions, and basic compositional techniques & song writing skills. It is always best to start in a Music Lesson book as soon as possible. Any, appropriate to the students skill level and age group will do. It is recommended that all students actively practice Reading Skills.

STYLES OF GUITAR

Any type of guitar can be adapted for any style or genre of music by how it is played but generally students taking Electric Guitar Lessons tend to focus on Rock Guitar, Metal Guitar, Blues Guitar, Jazz Guitar, and more. Students taking the Acoustic Guitar Lessons tend to focus on Country, Bluegrass, Folk, and more modern singer/songwriter styles. The Classical Guitar Lessons focus on Classical Music, Spanish Guitar, and Finger Style forms of Jazz Guitar and any other more general styles of guitar played without a pick.  Even if you would like a more general study of guitar, which is more of an introductory exposure and practice in multiple styles and is usually suited for Binning to Intermediate Guitar Lessons simply because guitar players, just starting out, May not yet be focusing on a specific style.

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED GUITAR LESSON

For Beginning Guitar Lessons, the first lessons focuses on orientation of the instrument, tuning, basic theory and playing technique, and becoming  familiar with open position chords related to song chosen by the student. Depending on difficulty of song chosen, duration of lesson, and amount of time students have for practice, most songs can be accomplished within 2 -3 lessons. Intermediate Guitar Lessons , and Advanced Guitar Lessons begin with a quick evaluation of knowledge, technique, ability, and any current material/songs being worked on to determine a strong jumping off point.

THE GUITAR LESSON

All lessons despite levels of ability consist of a basic lesson plan of warm ups and technique building exercises, theoretical concepts, ear training and dictation, performance, and outline of practice plans. Each lesson is followed up by emailed lesson notes that contain updated progress report, review of lesson, tips and goals for practice to assist in the student's practice throughout the week and keep students on track.

 LESSON MATERIAL COVERED

Musical Alphabet, Guitar Strings, Tonal Orientation, Tuning, Right and Left Hand Positions, Picking and Strumming, Playing Notes on the Neck, Rhythm, Counting, Basic Musical Intervals (Whole Steps & Half Steps), The Chromatic Musical Alphabet and Scale, The Major Scale, Intervals of the Major Scale, Scale Degrees, Interval Qualities, Keys, Key Signatures, The Circle of Fifths, Chords, Triads, Chord Inversions, Relativety and Determining Chord Quality, Easy Chord Building, Major Scale Triads, Common Chord Progressions, Dominant and Tonic Chords, Super Tonic Chords,  7th Chords, 9th Chords, 11th Chords, 13th Chords, Bar Chords, Time Signatures, Accompaniment, Improvisation.

For those who may be interested in learning to read music, Elements of the music staff and rhythm reading will be introduced within the first lesson as well. The next lesson moving onto right and left hand exercises that work on finger dexterity, agility, and coordination of picking and fretting notes. Next, students are introduced to the Major Scale Interval Pattern and more specific musical intervals of the major scale. Practicing scales will become a big part of day to day practice and exercise. The scales will then be used to understand Musical Chord Building, interval quality and recognition. . At this point, students undergo some elementary ear training exercises identifying direction of tone, interval distance and rhythm dictation and reading. Through theory and practice students develop focus and physical coordination and technique in picking, plucking, basic counting & subdividing and elements of the music staff. Students demonstrate progress by performing and mastering basic techniques, exercises and songs that are designed around each individual students interests, ability, strengths, needs, and weaknesses.