This! Plus I'd start them right away working with some basic notation exercises, primarily so their physical ability to play doesn't get too far aheaad of their ability to read notation. When that happens it becomes very difficult to back track and play more remedial things in order to develop those skills. But, I would also make sure not to push it too much as it can be quite intimidating at first as well as perhaps the more boring type of exercises.Jim Thompson wrote: ↑Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:15 amDevon, assuming you are talking about beginning students, I'd recommend basic first position chords from early Mel Bay or similar. They're easy to learn, satisfying and can be a confidence builder. It may not be very 'classical', but all those chord patterns show up over and over in the etudes.
I got a different opinion. Supposed, each beginner is about to copy a role model, first thing is to create a first success in order to enthusiasmate.MDevon wrote: ↑Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:27 amMuch agreedGoose997 wrote:Learn to read notes - not tabs.
First of all, I'm smarter now I learned a new word:Julian Ward wrote: ↑Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:06 amA very interesting thread. I have taught for 20 years now and much of my teaching has been peripatetic.
Whether you chose to learn rest stroke melodies and later adding open bass notes or whether you initially learn freestroke through your teacher - I have found this is not the most important factor.
The most important factor that I think truly sets off a classical guitarist is the left hand thumb. I have taught hundreds - maybe more - of beginners and those that really succeed have been able to correctly position the left hand thumb and almost glue it to the neck whilst playing early on in first position.
A lot is said about not looking at hands - yes we all look at our left hand as 'performers'.. But initially looking straight at the music encourages faster learning of the notes and in my experience, faster progress.
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