Adjusting Lessons

So we had one lesson and this week every student has a conflict, but so do I, so it all works out.

However, I’ve been talking with the father of the father and son group in my “class” and his son is struggling with the E and A chords. This young man has a huge desire to do it perfectly and will likely get discouraged and give up if he doesn’t see some progress. This isn’t unusual. I think we all have this tendency. Add that to his youth and his small hands, and he has a long way to go before he is banging out chords. So how do I help him learn and stay interested while he gets through those first tough lessons?

So I sent the following email lesson:

First, Smoke on the Water!

This video shows you power chords and a lot more, but what you want to focus on is the basic song between 2:08 and 4:06. Just have your son (and you) slide his index finger from fret to fret. The description of the entry guitar is a distraction and the other stuff in the rest of the video will be learned later. We’re not there yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc6QQy17zzI

Second, Seven Nation Army!

Once again, the video starts with the riff at the 0:59 mark and goes till 2:15. This song can be played by sliding your index finger all around, but it is better to play it the way he does by moving your pinky to the 4th fret. You’ll see what I’m talking about in the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBZjen8Kztw

And if you want to practice your A and E chords, try A Horse With No Name!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSAJ0l4OBHM

Here’s a blog with a great lesson on how to play this song with the two chords you have learned:

http://www.guitarnoise.com/lesson/horse-with-no-name/

WE’ll see how this coming Thursday lesson goes. I’ll keep you posted!

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2 thoughts on “Adjusting Lessons

  1. Amazing! As you were unwinding this tale my first thought was “power chords”, and then “howabout guitarnoise’s Horse With No Name” lesson. Great minds do think alike! 🙂

    • Would you suggest I teach power chords now? I was thinking of starting with single note stuff, then maybe power chords, and then open chords. Ideas?

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