Thank you, I'll at all the videos later- I'm in Japan, but I'm proposing the class to exactly that age, I have no doubt they'll pick up things. If the book is not too heavy I can pay postage I'm going to be really light on handing out notation work, but I have a basic notation guitar book in Japanese, and I'll be teaching mixing Japanese and English...plus my own collection of beginner classical method books etc.
I personally play flamenco much better than classical, but I have a nice sound suited for either music when I switch it on. I spent much more time learning flamenco over the years, but I began playing classical and took lute lessons briefly.
If anyone has comments or notices anything I forgot here is the outlive for the proposal to the city. They won't really know what it all means and one of my allies on the city council will introduce it.By making it a city free program the burden of public announcements and scheduling the room and all the admin stuff will be taken care of by the community center staff. I shouldn't have to do much admin work beyond organizing the class.
Classical / Flamenco Guitar Class for Kids Ages 8 to 13 ( Upper Sho Gakko and Chu Gakko)
Kaze Terrace Community Center
Weekend mornings - Propose Saturday morning between 10 am and 12 pm
Ten week unit
Four to eight students per class -
One Hour Beginning Flamenco guitar
One Hour Beginning Classical guitar
Teach beginning fundamental music concepts of plucked strung playing and musical concepts and introduce kids to classical and music from other cultures. Class time will be spent actively on guitar and musical training but also a component of listening to music via recordings and video will be included in some classes. In the both groups we’ll listen to classical guitarists like Kauri Muraji and we’ll hear flamenco guitarists also.
* How to tune the guitar
* Playing a one octave musical scale
* Learning about musical meter by simple rote example and games
* Learning 3 to 6 guitar chords - Am, C, E, G, F, EM
* Playing a simple piece as a group
Musical term Bingo game - Large grid paper, student writes simple music terms from board in random order on Bingo sheet, teacher calls terms, students get three line Bingo. Words: Note, Beat, Koto, Guitar, Violin, String - terms in Japanese and English. Katakana -Hiragana, which ever they want to use.
Class time: 60 minutes
1 minute meditation, Greeting to teacher and class mates
Guitar tuning 5 - 6 minutes
Bingo- 10 -12 minutes ( not every class)
Chord grabbing and practice with help from teacher.
*Diagram chords with six strings and frets on paper charts. Kids draw their own charts. Bring a pencil and ruler to class.
*Give kids chord games, try chords with thumb strums and finger strums.
*Fill in finger positions from chord diagrams teacher makes on chalkboard Draw an anime character or mascot near to represent each chord to remember chord. Example ‘Kumamon F’ or ‘Totoro E’ Mix drawing and chord diagrams together if they like.
*Or the class can name all the chord together in a common language. Example: Give each chord an animal name- let kids decide, Alligator E chord, Hippo C chord, Cat Am chord. This way the teacher can call out animal names as well and chord names to help direct the group to all land on the right chord. “Ok, Cat Am strum -one and two and three and for and....Hippo C, one and two and three and four and ...back to Cat.....etc. “
*On the string game:
Use fingers on strings game. Slide four fingers on one string to bridge and back to first position to loosen thumb from clamping to neck. Slide.........to 12th fret, swing thumb around from back of neck.......reach bridge...Slide back down, swing thumb behind neck when passing 12th fret- light touch, no pressure. Call it an animal name....light pressure Duck..... Intended to develop distance judgment on neck and develop a fluid non-clamping left hand and arm.
Work on Music and learn right hand finger techniques to sound notes. Left hand work to hold notes and move fingers. Listening to the tune. Humming of singing the notes of the tune with the teachers guitar notes.
Plus more games as needed towards developing string sounding and relaxation.
End class with shake out of arms and legs and wipe off the guitar.
Flamenco Class Objective
*One finger strum: Index finger in up/down/up /down strump count 8th notes: one and two and three and four and...etc.
*Learn chords in Andaluz cadence, Am-G-F-E plus C.
*Teach the 12 beat compas unit using ‘Clock Face’ drawing lesson. Draw a circle- write in the clock positions of the 12 hours - Circle 12-3-6-10 - Teach clapping accents as a repeating cycle while counting beats. In three languages, English, Japanese and Spanish numbers 1 thru 12.
* Teach 4/4 time compas in flamenco ‘Tangos’ compas- Tap foot on beat One, Clap Two and Three, Four - as 4 beat cycle. ( note to students that this is almost the same as Japanese ‘Hiya ‘ folk song compas. They will recognize the feel of that beat.)
*Learn chords with up/down/up/down one finger index strum and play them with Solea accent pattern-
F chord 1 and 2 and 3 and- change to C chord 4 and five and 6 back to F chord, 7, 8 and 9 and to E chord 10, 11 12 - then cycle repeats.
*Add one remate for Solea on E chord and teach how to close the 12 beat measure with the Remate 10-11 and 12 - counting 8th notes. Thumb against index finger - Thumb bass note down stroke, index up stroke count 8th notes technique for remate.
Classical - Guitar beginning
Use the same Games and music terms bingo for. Classical class
Counting 8th notes
This class will learn al the shared games a musical material, but not the 12 beat compas cycle.
*Learn melody from Sakura Sakura on guitar- Extract it from Parkening book arrangement and simplify.
*Learn four chords - E, Am, C, Em
*Easy picado , easy thumb stroke introduced.
*Play as group if possible with simple chord strumming with melody line playing. Maybe a divisi arrangement some students plays chords others play melody in unison, then class switches parts.
Please ask students to tune up the guitar every day and do easy warm-up game and practice the class material for ten minutes. I’ll post a 1 to 2 minute example of the weeks lesson on You Tube so the kids can look up the important hands on guitar part of the class. Try to get in three days of parctive durig the week at least.
Patience at the bending iron pays in rounded dividends!