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Kids Guitar Lesson 5


Guitar Lesson number five for Kids is a recap session where everything that they have already learned is reinforced and progress to this point is assessed

This session looks back at the previous four lessons and ties up any "loose ends" (such as forming full rather than "reduced" chord shapes etc) that will inevitably have developed by this point in the proceedings


 How To Teach Kids to Play Guitar Chords


This session is a great opportunity to pause and take stock of and recognise how far a younger student has travelled and to reward their (not inconsiderable) progress and achievement by awarding them the certificate that you can print by clicking the link above

A very wise old educator told me once that teaching was just like throwing mud at a wall (except he did not use the term "mud" but another word for a much less pleasant substance!) "Some of it sticks to the wall and some of it falls off" he said before adding "The role of a good teacher is to determine what has fallen off the wall, to pick it up and throw it again until it is all up there"

"Guitar Teaching Is About Guitar Learning....

Guitar Teaching is about guitar learning. Nothing Else. Teaching is not something you do in isolation If your students do not learn then you have not taught You have only talked. This point in the programme is a good time to remind ourselves of the big picture and to look at why we are doing this and what we want to happen as a result of our lessons

Two "Big Picture" objectives and a summary of the lessons so far

Everything that we have done up to this point All of the chord shapes, all of the counting "1-2-3-4" and all of the working to backing tracks or metronomes has been in the service of the following two objectives

We want our students to be able to form and remember eight chord shapes

What we cover in the first lesson

In the first lesson we asked our students to learn the (with reduced "one finger" versions if required) shapes for the G and Em chords and to move between them in time to a backing track



All of the first five kids guitar lessons featured on this site have FREE Lesson plans and certificates to down load and print/screenshot

If you vist the page above you will also be able to download a totally free printable certificate and lesson plan (to print or "screenshot")


The Second Children's Guitar Lesson

During the course of the second lesson we introduce two new chord shapes (C and D) and the "full" (two finger) version of the Em shape introduced in lesson 1

There is another FREE certificate (covering the ability to form this new Em shape)



Children's Third Guitar Lesson ("The Kids Wanna Rock!")

A very popular lesson featuring one chord that they already know (G) and a new one (A) The backing track for this one has a "Rock" feel to it and children love to get the chance to unleash their inner Rock Star at this early stage. If the "one finger" G shape was used during the first two sessions this lesson provides a great opportunity to introduce your student/s to the full G shape



Children's Fourth Guitar Lesson (Three new chords and a "funky" backing track

Thee new chords (Am, Dm and E-none of which require stretching so they don't have to be presented to kids in reduced "one finger" form) along with the usual lesson plans and certificates. This lesson has a "funky" backing track and by the end of it your students will have the basics of playing the guitar down

From this point its not about teaching them to play guitar but about teaching them to play "better"



We want our students to be able to move between those shapes and be able to strum the chords in time to music


A really effective way to reinforce knowledge and capabilities is to engage your students in Guitar Teaching Games such as "Simon Says" in which they can be "tricked" into improving while they think that they are just having fun.
This session is a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of your younger students and to distribute the certificates shown below to let them (and their parents!) know just how hard they have worked and what tangible progress has been made
Below you will see a link that will allow you to download a certificate designed to recognise the efforts of your younger students. When I started using these myself (after many years of teaching younger kids to play guitar) I was stunned to see how popular they were and it is great to know that they get tucked safely into guitar cases or school bags to let their parents know just what they have achieved. The fact that the certificates also act as a reminder of just why they are paying you and as an encouragement to continue to do so is an added bonus
If you arrived on this page from a search engine it might be a good idea to take a look at our page that provides an introduction to How to teach Children Guitar: An Overview
Or you could just..........

Take a look at the video below (which even makes sense with the sound muted) The video looks at a series of lessons geared towards getting kids off to a flying start on guitar




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