I don’t typically teach from a pre-formatted lesson plan as I like to tailor the lessons to the needs of the player that I am working with at that time. Teaching someone to play classical guitar is quite different than teaching the person who wants to play rock. I love them both, but I would never try to force someone to play a style that they are not passionate about.
There are a number of things that do apply to general art and science of playing the guitar and I would categorize them as such:
This is all about how to use a guitar–How to hold it, where to put your hands, proper ways to use your fingers, how to use a pick or alternatively how to use your fingers to pick, how to play single notes and chords, down picking, up picking, alternate picking . . . all the physical aspects of the guitar
This is the mental part, why we use this chord instead of that one, which notes to play, how scales are formed, where chords come from, this is the “How do I make music?” part. This part of music is one that no matter how much you learn, you always see a new horizon to reach to, for that reason it’s my favorite aspect of music and I am continually in awe of how much I continue to learn even after more than 25 years as a guitar player.
I love to just take my guitar in hand and let the music flow. It might end up bluesy, it might end up jazzy, it may be a raging metal beast breathing fire in the skies! With a combination of correct technique and a good application of theory you can make the music up as you go along.
Composition can be done in a number of ways, you can write the music out like a classical composer, make the music up as you go along, or a combination of the two. I like to get my students creating their own music as early as possible, it’s one of the most rewarding things that I know of.
This is your musical library so to speak. We achieve this ever expanding library in a number of ways. One way is by learning our favorite songs, this allows us to learn the techniques and applicable theory of those players that we look up to. We also expand our library by learning riffs, or small sections of music that go together well. These may be riffs that we pick up from other players or from our improvisation or composition.
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