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How To Teach Kids To Play The Guitar

 How To Teach Children to Play the Guitar

The First Five Guitar Lessons For A Child Beginner

Above you can see just a few of the free resources that you can download from this page designed to help you to teach children to play the guitar from the very first lesson

How to teach a child to play the guitar

Follow the link below for instant access to a free guide to teaching kids to play guitar which features the first five structured guitar lesson plans for a child and certificates to accompany the early stages lessons

I dont want you to sign up to anything or harvest your email address so we can chase you through cyberspace trying to part you from your money (I hate that and presume that you do too) All of the free stuff on this website is exactly that........Free!

This site is built on a very simple premise. We give away free stuff and if you like the look of it you can buy the entire paid for $25.00 package (that contains everything that you see on this website-not just the children's guitar resources)

$25.00 is way less that you could earn in an hour as a guitar teacher

lesson plans for teaching kids to play guitar


Teaching Children to Play The Guitar

The "Golden Rule"......

"If learning to play guitar is not fun NOW kids are just not going to engage with it"

When teaching children to play the guitar the emphasis needs to be on the word "play"

Teaching kids to develop a facility on the guitar requires a slightly different approach to instructing older guitar players

Children are less likely to take on board the notion that they have to practice technical or theoretical elements of guitar playing for their own sake or for a notional reward (a better technique) at some indeterminate point in the future.

Basically.....
"Children's Guitar Lessons should be All About having instant Fun!"
and the teacher who does not take this simple fact on board when giving guitar lessons to kids will simply not cut it

In addition kids need to feel that they are making good progress on the guitar and that they are having a whole load of fun at the same time

Kids love to develop "cool" new skills

Apparently one of the biggest regrets of most adults is that they did not learn to play a musical instrument as children Many of them tried but "failed" and became convinced that they were "tone deaf" and trotted out the "I dont have a musical bone in my body" line that I have heard all of my professional life and it is a tragedy

So how do you help them to become musicians?

All that is required to help a child to become a guitar player is a plan and the resources to carry out that plan

If you offer a child the chance to become a guitar player most of them will initially be very enthusiastic and we can of course use this initial enthusiasm as "fuel" to get them to become functioning musicians

The Method:
How to Teach Kids to Play Guitar

Experienced guitar teachers all over the world use this easy to follow method using handouts, chord charts,certificates and backing tracks to get their young students to "really" play the guitar from the very first lesson


The Best Way to Teach A Child To Play Guitar

How To Teach Kids to Play the Guitar Chords that they need to learn first

Eight Easy Chords that get Children off to the Best Possible Start

"Teaching children to play the guitar is all about having them change "smoothly" between the most suitable and useful eight chords that they can learn along to suitable backing tracks in time to music"

When children are doing that they are playing guitar!

They are well on their way to mastering something that can become a lifetime skill rather than just another 'thing that they tried to do when they were young but could not make any real progress with"

By the end of the fifth lesson kids will be able to move between the eight chords and strum them in time to backing tracks

After that they should be presented with more "challenging" backing tracks and strumming patterns (see the video below for a more detailed explanation of this process) that require them to move between shapes more rapidly, becoming bettwr guitar players as they do it

Turning a beginner (child or adult) into a guitar player really is that simple! The children that you teach get to start from nowhere and end up "really" playing the guitar from the first lesson and along the way they will have loads of fun (the only thing that they should care about at their age!)

This site is built on a very simple premise. We give away free stuff and if you like the look of it you can buy the entire paid for package for less that you can earn in an hour as a guitar teacher


If you look at the lesson plans you will swiftly become aware that there are eight basic chords that any beginner needs to learn to move between first (and thats really all it takes)

Three of those shapes (the ones that require most stretching with the fretting hand for younger or "smaller" children) are commonly presented as "reduced" one finger shapes during the first few lessons to get kids used to moving between them before moving on to the "full" shapes by the end of the fifth lesson

A video "walk through" (it even makes sense with the sound muted as there are lots of "on screen instructions") of the first five kid's guitar lessons

If you watch this (short!) video and then take a look at the rest of this page you will be ready to go using a tried and trusted well established method used by professional guitar teachers all over the world


The First Five Kid's Guitar Lessons

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How to use backing tracks, lesson plans and certificates to teach children to play guitar

Four of the five lessons outlined below have backing tracks to go with them (lesson five is a recap session designed to monitor and ensure progress before the next stage of study). Each backing track is a couple of minutes long and features a simple rhythm section accompaniment which cycles around the chord sequence used in the course of the lesson You can hear short samples of each of the backing tracks below

It is important to realise that what we are trying to do here is to use backing tracks and handouts to help kids to learn the eight chord shapes that are best for a beginner When they can form the shapes then other backing tracks are introduced which require them to move between the chords more quickly in order to increase fluidity and technical ability

We now take a more detailed look at our effective series of guitar lessons for younger players

 How to teach child beginners to play guitar

Kids Guitar lesson 1:

Lesson Objective:

"To move in time between the G and Em chord shapes strumming each chord (once) as it changes"

This lesson uses the reduced one finger shapes for G and Em but works just as well using "full" chord shapes if desired In any event if you continue down this page you will see that the one finger chord shapes are replaced from lesson 5 onwards by the full chords See the video below for the full plan

Take a quick look at this video snippet to see the lesson in action...



Using "One Finger Chord Shapes" helps to ensure that kids get off to a flying start on the guitar

 How To Teach Kids to Play Guitar with certificates of achievement

This first kids guitar lesson involves a child in changing between the chords of G and Em in time with a backing track which provides a very simple bass and drum accompaniment This first lesson is used by guitar teachers around the world to get their younger students off to a flying start on the instrument. The graphic above shows the lesson plan that you can screenshot or download now by following the link below


One Finger "child friendly" guitar chord shapes for smaller hands are useful for the first few weeks of playing

If you look closely at the illustration above you will see that the two chords (G and Em) are presented as "child friendly" one finger chord shapes Using these "reduced" shapes during the first few weeks of playing can be a great way of giving a child belief and confidence and can help set them up for a lifetime of guitar playing

The "reduced" chord shapes are a great way of making learning guitar "easy" for the first few lessons but the reality is that full shapes are no more beyond the reach of children than they are of adults and issues that mey seem to be about stretching the fingers on the fretboard are just the same dexterity issues faced by older learners

Moving from "one finger" to "full" guitar chords

 How to teach children to play the best simple Guitar Chords

Above you can see the certificates designed to recognise and reward kids for their work in moving from the "reduced" to the "full" chord shapes

By the end of the fourth lesson kids will be able to form all eight chords that they need to learn first (with three of them G, Em and C in "one finger" form) Lesson five is the beginning of a recap period where one (or more) lessons can be dedicated to adding fingers to the shapes already learned in order to play "full" chords and there are handouts and certificates (like the ones above) designed to address the situation and to encourage young guitar players to "keep up the good work"

Our download also includes a whole bunch or resources for teaching ukulele and the one finger chord shapes help children with smaller hands to make rapid progress on the guitar

The graphic also shows both the lesson plan and the certificate that you can download free designed to accompany this lesson

Rewarding a Child's Progress while they learn to play guitar

 How To Teach Kids to Play the best Guitar Chords with certificates

Children love to be able to "prove" that they are getting better!

The certificates of achievement that accompany the children's guitar lessons are a great way to keep kids motivated and "on task" during the early and intermediate stages of playing guitar. Without wanting to resort to "psychobabble" folks of any age (as evidenced by the endless quest for "likes" and "retweets" or schemes such as "employee of the month" awards etc) respond well to such external validation and recognition of their achievements that can serve to spur children on and increase their effort and commitment.

I came up with the certificates after many years of teaching guitar to younger kids and even I was stunned at how popular they proved to be upon their introduction to my lessons (and how much some students focus and application went through the roof when there was "something to win" at the end of a guitar lesson)

 kid's first guitar lesson certificate

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Get free certificates for each of a child's first five guitar lessons

If you follow this link to a detailed description of a child's first guitar lesson you will be able to download the certificate designed to accompany the lesson. You will be invited to inspect pages for the next four kid's guitar lessons and be able to download and print a free certificate for each of the next four lessons. An effective and structured start to any child's guitar playing career


A backing track to ensure that kids learn to play the guitar "in time" right from the very first lesson

Here is a short snippet of the backing track that we have put together to go along with this lesson. The track is a simple bass and drum accompaniment which goes around and around two bars of each chord. It is deliberately simple (some of the other backing tracks that you can hear samples of on this page are way more "produced") and is designed to allow kids and those instructing them to focus on the sounding of the chords

 teaching children to play guitar chords

Hear a short section of the Backing Track

Click below to hear a short section of the backing track at the core of this lesson


Before going to Lesson 2 you can hear some more of our guitar teacher's backing tracks in action


Hear samples of a whole load more of the guitar teacher's backing tracks included in the download...

teaching children to play guitar using backing tracks

You can buy and download all of the resources on this website to your phone, tablet or PC for only $25.00



 How to teach kids guitar with best early lessons

Kids Guitar Lesson 2:

Lesson Objective:
"Reinforce familiarity with the G and Em chords and adding two new chord shapes"


The section of video below looks at how a guitar teacher may build upon the progress made during lesson one by introducing two new chord shapes

The second kids guitar lesson makes use of the two chords (G and Em) studied already and adds two new ones (C and D) to the mix. The backing track goes around and around the four chords leaving plenty of time (two bars) between each chord change to allow students to get used to forming the shapes

There is also an opportunity to award a certificate of achievement (shown above) recognising the child's ability to play the full Em chord shape if you choose to introduce the shape during this lesson

The reality is that no matter how small their hands are kids will have no real problems playing the full Em chord shape as there is no "stretching" of the fingers involved when playing the shape The one finger Em shape used during the first lesson can be looked at as a way of making things simple to get a child off to a flying start and this new shape (which simply adds another finger to the "easy" Em chord) is an "easy win" with regard to making real progress on the instrument

Here is the "at a glance" lesson plan for this session for future reference

The video will start from lesson 2



The backing track for this one is similar to the first in that it features two bars of each chord with a simple bass and drum accompaniment. Again there is plenty of time to change from one chord to the next

teaching children to play guitar

Hear a section of the G Em C and D Backing Track

The printed material above is designed to complement the backing track that you can hear a snippet of below There are handouts covering both full and "reduced" one finger chords and a certificate designed to celebrate a childs acheivement when both versions of the C chord are learned



teaching kids to play guitar using mobile phone technology

Using your mobile phone provides what many regard as the "Best" Way To Help Kids Learn To Play the Guitar

The way that technology has progressed means that it is now perfectly possible to teach guitar using your phone and the materials on this site fit in perfectly with that idea

You can download EVERYTHING that you see and hear on this website for $25.00

All of the PDF handouts, backing tracks, chord sheets and certificates



Kid's Guitar Lesson 3:

 How To Teach Kids to Play Rock Guitar with A and G chords with a backing track

Lesson Objectives:


"Introduce Children to playing Rock guitar using a chord that they already know (G) and a brand new one (A)"

Take a look at the video footage below to see how this first children's "Rock" Guitar Lesson lesson will look and sound

The track features a fun "Rock God" vocal intro and also has a vocal outro to let everyone know that the track is coming to an end

Children tend to love this guitar lesson and during the group lessons that I teach it is by no means rare for them to request that we go back to it time and time again It is also a great backing track for later in the programme when kids are ready to play power chords and bar chords All of the backing tracks in the download can be re-introduced in the same way when the basics have been mastered and more advanced ways of playing (such as the use of bar chords) are required


The video will start from lesson 3


The third lesson features a new kid's guitar chord alongside one that they already know

Lesson three (download the lesson plan here) is very popular!

A new chord (A) and one they already know (G) over a lively rock backing track (take a look at the video above to see how it works in practice)

This lesson can provide an ideal opportunity to introduce the "full" G shape which requires a little more in the way of stretching with the fretting hand

At the end of this session you can award another certificate of achievement (shown above - just click the text to get it now) recognising the child's ability to play the full G chord shape if you choose to introduce it during this lesson

A driving bass and drum groove and a rock vocal intro and outro (which lets everyone know that its about to end) make this one a favourite with both youngsters and older learners alike. During guitar lessons kids often request this one for the sheer fun of it. This is the last bass and drum only backing track for a while as the ones which follow on from this one often feature a keyboards player too


Hear the backing track now




 teaching kids to play guitar with the best chords

Kids Guitar Lesson 4:

Three more great chord shapes and a cool "funky" backing track for a child play along with


The video will start from lesson 4


The last three of the eight guitar chords that a child should learn first

The fourth children's guitar lesson features the final three new chords (Am, Dm and E-none of which require a great deal of stretching) that a beginner needs to learn and features a slightly "funkier" backing track

Here is the lesson plan (shown above left) that you can print or screenshot if you prefer for this session. As with the other lessons up to this point there is also a certificate (see illustration above) recognising "officially" the child's progress to this point.

Two bars of Am followed by a single bar of Dm and E (see chordsheet in the illustration above). A funkier groove and supportive keyboard pads to let your young students know where they are in the progression. This is a great one for the "sausage-egg-and-chips" strumming pattern (see the video above if you have not got a clue what I am whittering on about)


 how to teach kids aged 8 and under to play guitar

Kid's Guitar lesson 5:

Lesson Objective:

"To reinforce and evaluate progress so far and to plan future lessons"

The fifth kids guitar lesson is recap session where progress so far is assessed and provides teachers and learners with an opportunity to refine and reinforce skills and capabilities developed during the course of the first four sessions

If you elected not to introduce the "full" chord shapes of G,C and Em this session provides an ideal opportunity to use the backing tracks etc again in order to ensure that kids are familiar with the full shapes before moving on to the next stage of guitar playing

Here is the "at a glance" plan for this kids guitar lesson

This lesson provides an ideal opportunity to award the certificate (shown above right) which features all eight full chord shapes and recognises the end of this "first phase" of children's guitar study Lesson five presents a great place to take stock of progress before moving on to the next stage of a child's guitar playing journey

There are loads more certificates included in the $25.00 dwnload

The graphic below shows the certificates that can be awarded to your younger guitar students during the early stages of playing They cover the period of time between when they have mastered two simple one finger chords right through to where they can play the F chord (where they will be required to hold down two strings with a single finger) This is the point where a beginner can be regarded as being an intermediate player


 how to teach kids guitar by awarding certificates

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What happens after the first five kids guitar lessons?

 teaching children to play guitar beyond the basics

After the material (learning to move between eight chord shapes) in the first five lessons has been effectively covered then the remaining backing tracks can be used in the service of the following two objectives....

Learning to move more quickly and comfortably between the shapes already learned

and

Mastering a series of new useful chord shapes suitable for novice players

There are a series of other useful chords (A7 D7 G7 Cmaj7 etc) that have more complicated sounding names but which are no more difficult to play for a novice player than the ones covered up to this point Lessons during this "second phase" of learning should be concerned with making sure that playing starts to feel "natural" and with introducing students to new chord shapes and musical styles and genres

 How To Teach Kids to change between guitar chords smoothly and quickly using backing tracks

The next stage is not about learning too many new chord shapes but is more concerned with changing between the ones already learned more quickly

An example of this "changing between chords more quickly" thing can be found in this backing track (which also features in the video above) which uses the A chord shape alongside two other chords (D and G) with which the child should also be familiar. The chord changes come more quickly now and when a child can play along with this one they will know that they can play the guitar.

You can download a free copy of the full backing track and the handouts that go along with it if to your PC, tablet or phone you go to our guitar teacher's backing tracks page

You can hear a short extract of the track here....



Download the Full Track and the handouts to accompany it

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A lot of the other backing tracks (we now have 35 backing tracks and over 80 chord charts/handouts to go along with them) give a teacher the opportunity to help their students (both young and old) to re-inforce and refine the skill of being able to change between appropriate guitar chords fluently and in time to music as well as to take them on to more advanced material with relation to bar chords and single note/solo guitar playing

 How To Teach Kids to Play Rock Guitar with backing tracks

Release a child's "Inner Rock Star" with more rapid chord changes and an exciting backing track

Here we take a look at how we can effectively ensure that a child learns to move between chords quickly and "in time" to music while still making them feel that they are just having loads of fun.

I like to use the following track which features all of the Major Chord shapes (C,G,D,A abd E) covered to this point to help my students get used to changing chords quickly The great thing about this progression for me is that students are obliged to work hard (moving between the C,G,D,A and E shapes) for the first two bars before being given a "rest" during the second two measures (when they stay on the single chord of E) before being plunged back into the "tricky" bit again The fact that it does not sound a million miles away from a Jimi Hendrix "classic" does no harm either

If you can take a student from the point where they can't play the guitar at all to a situation in which they are playing along with backing tracks in the style of Jimi Hendrix in just a few short months then I think you are entitled to a pat on the back


 How to teach kids guitar with blank tab sheets and chord grids

Above you can see a bunch of blank tab and chord grids especially produced with kids in mind which allow you to introduce them to single note riffs and figures that you (and they!) want to play A lot of the resources can also be used as colour in activity sheets if required I often send children home with them instruction to learn the tune and colour in the sheet (the one judged the best gets a plectrum as a prize)

 How to teach kids guitar with blank tab sheets and chord grids

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You can download everything that you see on this website(chord sheets, handouts, backing tracks, giant chord grids etc) for a single payment of $25.00

There is no "club" or organisation to join and no annual subscriptions to pay I will not "drip feed" you the resources over a period of time in return for a monthly or yearly payments. I have been advised many times by people much wiser than me to change my business model in order to "maximise income" and while it may make perfect sense in some ways I reckon life is complicated enough without all of that. Just check the stuff out, buy it if you like it and then use it for the rest of your life



 How To Teach Kids to Play Bar Chords

When a child can play and move between the chords covered up to now they can be said to be ready to leave the "beginner" stage behind. The next phase involves mastering more technically demanding chord shapes (like the F shape which is the first chord that they will have encountered in which they are required to hold down two strings with one finger) and bar chords (where all of the strings are held down in a variety of "moveable" shapes)

On the left of the graphic above you can see a certificate that marke the end of the first stage and the start of the next phase of guitar lessons

How do kid's guitar lessons work?


Well its just like......


 How To Teach Kids to Play Guitar and cement knowledge and capabilities

The single best description of effective guitar teaching that I have ever heard!

A wise old guitar teacher once shared his "secret" with me he said that "Teaching guitar is like throwing mud at a wall" (I would like to point out in the interests of accuracy that he did not actually use the word "mud" but a less pleasant word for a much less pleasant but often similarly textured substance but for the sake of decency I have paraphrased a little)

"Some of the mud sticks to the wall and some of it falls to the floor" he went on "Our job is to work out what has stuck and what has fallen Then we fling the stuff that has fallen down back onto the wall until its all up there"

Not the worlds most pleasant analogy (especially if you factor in his original choice of substance) but after all these years of teaching it remains the single best definition of guitar teaching that I have ever come across If you examine this notion on a deeper level it gets to the very core of what we do as educators Its about the wall (the student) its about the "mud" (the subject) It is not about the teacher

The material on this part of the site sets out how a guitar teacher might go about teaching a child (or a group of children) to play guitar from a standing start and it is (almost) that simple! The only thing to remember is that they are kids! They forget stuff Sometimes they dont get to practice (quite rightly) because it is sunny outside and they have "better" things to do. It is important not to obsess over how much they retain information Typically I find they can often forget the names of chords that they have not played for a couple of weeks although when prompted they are able to play the shapes relatively easily rather than having to re-learn them This is real progress although it may not look like it They are developing the motor skills required to operate a guitar

how kids should practice the guitar

A Handy Guitar Practicing Tip for Kids

Studies have shown that a child's effective atttention span in minutes is roughly equivalent to his or her age in years and armed with this information we can help them to progress without really practicing too much formally. You can get to see great progress in playing by simply encouraging kids to practice guitar during the commercial breaks on TV. When the adverts kick in they should mute the set and play or better still the adults in the room can play with them by using the "Simon Says" game outlined below Without wanting to go "over the top" about spending "quality time" (rather than everyone just poking their phones) with children its got to be a whole lot more fun than staring at a screen thats firing new ways to part you from your money at you.



How to teach kids to play guitar by playing games

Guitar Teaching Games for Groups of Children

A device that I find useful when teaching guitar to individual students or groups of children is a variation of the old children's game "Simon Says" where you would say (for example) "Simon Says E minor" before counting in 1-2-3-4-. If you dont use the phrase "Simon Says" then no matter which chord you tell them to strum they are not supposed to play it


The game provides a great fun way of getting kids familiar with guitar chords and the element of competition introduced seems to have the effect of concentrating the mind. It is perfectly possible to get great results from a group using this simple game and the chords on the "First Guitar Chords" sheet for an entire lesson. They are learning to move between chord shapes (you can shorten the count in to "3-4" to speed the changes up if required)


Guitar Chords For Children's Groups


The Best Guitar Chords for Kids


Print a whole series of free guitar chord "mini-posters" to help you to teach kids to play the guitar

Below is an image showing our range of letter sized mini-posters that you can print for your teaching studio wall and/or distribute to your younger students. Two of the chords (C and G) require relatively large stretches in order to sound the thicker (lower pitched) strings and as a consequence are often presented in a "reduced" one finger form during the first few weeks of guitar lessons.

How to teach kids to play guitar

Below are some of our printable sheets that show the "reduced" one finger versions of three of the chords. The links below the image will allow you to download free samples of some of our resources aimed at guitar teachers with younger students.These resources are easy to photocopy and I have had great results with groups of kids running informal competitions with children competing to see who can do the best job of colouring in the sheet between lessons (first prize a free plectrum!).

These resources seem to go down very well with kids and parents alike and help to keep children engaged with the instrument even when they are not playing it.


 Guitar lessons for kids, Chords For Younger Children

Click This Text To Download A Free Kids Colour In Guitar Chord of C Mini-Poster

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You can download all of the guitar teaching resources that you see on this site (not just the kid's stuff but a whole load of more advanced material too) for a "one off" payment of $25.00

The download features literally hundreds of sheets and more than 35 backing tracks. I'm not going to bang on about what incredible value this represents as the internet is awash with people who bombard us with offers that are "too good to miss" or are there "for a limited time only" and all of that sort of thing. This is a long established website that has been helping guitar teachers to go about their business for more years than I like to think about. Just take a tour of the site and see for yourself before thinking about using our materials(or just download a whole load of free stuff if you like?)

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Guitar Teacher's Resources

 Ukulele and Guitar lessons for kids

Teaching Ukulele

Included in the download are a whole set of resources designed to help those who use ukuleles as part of their daily teaching activities and to offer guitar teachers who do not yet teach the ukulele but who may wish to make use of an opportunity to "branch out" into what could prove to be a lucrative and rewarding area

We offer (among other things) chord charts and backing tracks for this versatile and increasingly popular instrument. The materials are designed so as to allow a teacher to teach ukulele and guitar players within the same group session. Follow the link below to find out more



How to teach kids to play guitar; A first Lesson



How to teach kids to play guitar

The first section the video outlines a lesson featuring the chords of G and Em. Even though there is no stretching involved in playing the Em chord and most children would have little difficulty in forming the full open chord shape (being as the notes to be fretted are within easy reach of each other) it is a great idea to have a child's introduction to the instrument be as simple as possible.Things dont come much simpler than putting a finger down and then lifting it up and placing it somewhere else

Even though the approach to giving kids guitar lessons differs slightly from working with older students the basic objectives with regards to chord work are absolutely identical. Guitar playing is stripped back to the basics. During these earliest lessons there are no bar chords,palm muting or solos going on (that comes later when a child is confident and at ease with the instrument) In the early stages all we need to do is get kids to a place where they are able follow these simple two steps....



Step 1

Form two basic kid friendly guitar chord shapes


and....

Step 2

Move between those shapes in time with music


That will lead them to think..........

"Hey! I can do this!"


If you study the material on this page you will see a selection of the best chord shapes to introduce to children in the early stages of playing. One of the images features a handout that goes along with an early stages (or even a first?) guitar lesson that requires the student to move between the chords of G and Em (playing a single strum of each chord as it changes) you will observe that the G chord (which in its "full" form requires that the student should be able to stretch right accross the entire width of the neck to play the bass notes to be found on the E and A strings) can also be played with a single (the third) finger just so long as only the four thinner strings are strummed or struck with a plectrum (the X's above the E and A Strings on the diagrams indicate that the student should not strike or pluck those strings).
By following the diagrams a child can be moving between two very important and great sounding chords within minutes of being introduced to the guitar. Great for developing that all important feeling of "Hey I Can Do This!" which will encourage kids to pick the guitar up between lessons


Download a bunch of FREE Lesson Plans to help you teach a kid to play guitar



Below you will find a set of quick links to a series of five guitar lessons for kids. You can download and print "at a glance" lesson plans for each of the five lessons from these pages but we suggest that before you do this that you take a look at the material presented underneath the links to give you an "overview" of the whole thing (then scroll back and follow the links to the freebies if thats what floats your boat)

Kids Guitar Lesson 1

Kids Guitar Lesson 2

Kids Guitar Lesson 3

Kids Guitar Lesson 4

Kids Guitar Lesson 5

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The Kid's Guitar Teaching Materials


 How To Teach Kids to Play Guitar, Chords For Children
Over forty sheets to download and print today. Designed to run alongside the "Backing Tracks and Handouts Package described below. All of the resources that you need in order to teach kids to play guitar. Chord Charts, One finger (reduced) chord diagrams. An opportunity to start them off the right way!

The Backing Tracks and Handouts Package


 How To Teach Kids to play guitar with Backing Tracks
35 Backing Tracks and more than 80 Handouts. An invaluable aid designed to help you to teach both rhythm and lead guitar The basics and beyond in time to a musical accompaniment." The backing tracks help students to develop their own sense of rhythm and timing "


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 How To Teach Kids to play Guitar
100 printable sheets covering Open Chords-Bar Chords-Scales- Modes- Blank Fretboard and Chord Grids Teaching Diary and Business Card Designs

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resources for how to teach kids to play guitar chords
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Parental Support and its importance when teaching children to play the guitar


In order to see real progress in kids guitar playing it is neccesary to get the parents on board to help ensure that when the guitar comes home from the lesson it is taken straight out of the case and tuned. Children can't practice on a guitar that isn't in tune and just as importantly when they get home from school or guitar group they just want to dump their stuff (usually on the floor) before running off to park themselves in front of the XBox. If parents are not vigilant then a week can go by without the instrument ever leaving it's case. The results in terms of progress and acheivement (as well as let's face it guitar teacher's eventual income?) are obvious.

Moving between guitar chord shapes in time with music and the importance of using backing track to help keep a child or novice player in time

It is enough during the early stages to ask kids (and adults come to that) to play only a single downstroke with the strumming hand (see the video above for a more detailed explanation)
By far the simplest, best (and the most fun!) way to get children to play the guitar in time is to have them play along to a backing track. Backing tracks are essential to the process because. A mistake that is often made with relation to teaching (and learning) in the early stages is that students are introduced to chord shapes and move between them but they (and their teachers) forget that music is as much about time (rhythm) as it is about the notes being produced by the instrument.
Working to backing tracks is a great way to accelerate and encourage progress because from the earliest stages a learner (adult or child-its all the same) is used to not only learning new chord shapes but is presented with the opportunity to move between them in time to a rhythm section (a drummer and a bass player). Even the simplest single strumming patterns (a single strum as the chord changes) can sound very convincing and professional. This has the dual effect of helping players develop a good rhythmic feel and (just as importantly) helping them to realise that within a relatively short space of time they are becoming capable of providing convincing performances on the guitar. This in itself produces a "benign circle" The better they sound the more they practice. The more they practice the better they sound.

 how to teach Kids to play guitar: lesson with backing tracks

Kid Friendly Guitar Backing Tracks for Beginners


Helping kids to learn the "right" guitar chords and getting them used to changing between them in time to music?
The teachwombat backing tracks are designed so that students can start by playing single strums of easy chords with plenty of time between the chord changes so that fingers will be able to move (at first slowly) to form the next shape. As they progress tempos increase of players are required to change chord more quickly as there may be more that one chord in a single bar of music. Teachers can introduce more complicated strumming patterns or single note "lead guitar" solos as they see fit and as the opportunity presents itself

An important part of the $25.00 "Deluxe Guitar Teacher's Download" available from this site are a set of thirty five backing tracks (standard mp3's) with over 80 handouts/chord charts which is all that you need to get started teaching effective kids guitar lessons. The tracks are based around the eight chords that a beginner should learn first and a combination of full and "reduced" chord shapes (one finger versions of C, G and Em) can be used as required.
At the end of a lesson you can drop the backing tracks onto CD's and mp3 players or even email them to your students if you like

You might also like to take a look at our page dealing with the "First Eight Guitar Lessons" that form the basis of a teaching programme for younger and older guitar students alike.

You can read a more detailed explanation of how the handouts and backing tracks might be used if you visit our "First Lesson" page which gives a detailed guitar lesson plan suitable for a complete novice (kids and adults)
The progressions and the backing tracks are especially devised to help the teacher to put together the first few months of guitar lessons for a complete beginner.

guitar lessons for kidsWith beginners it is often a good idea to resist the temptation to teach them loads of chords. Instead experienced guitar tutors know that a much more effective technique is to teach them a few guitar chords that will allow them to do loads of things?

Again the eight chords (C A Am G E Em D and Dm) that you can find on the "First Guitar Chords" handout will usually provide a sound basis for (at least) a couple of months of weekly guitar lessons.



Modern Day Guitar Chord Studies For Kids

Below are details of a few songs that I find that kids (and adults) just starting out seem to get a buzz out of being able to play (you can also add "anything by Ed Sheeran" to this list :).
"Wild Thing" (two strums on A followed by two on D two on and E chord and finally two more on A) always seems to go down well and has the advantage that there is a gap between each chord change so that students have plenty of time to move their fingers on the guitar neck.

"Rockstar" by Nickelback (one bar each of A D G and A again for the main part of the verse) and "500 Miles" by The Proclaimers (Two bars of G followed by a bar each of a C and a D chord) also seem to hit the spot. In addition I have also had some good results results teaching power chords to kids using songs like "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" by Green Day (the verse features two even strums on F followed by two on Ab, Eb and Bb repeated for the verse until you get five strums on C). This gets students used to moving power chords around the neck and prepares them for the full bar chords to come.

Children's Guitar Chords for Smaller Hands



When first introducing Children to guitar chords it can be a good idea to speed progress by teaching them to play three and four note versions of some guitar chords suitable for kids rather than the full voicings favoured by more mature learners.



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The teachwombat guitar teaching resources feature chord sheets aimed at guitar students with smaller hands designed to give results and encouragement to younger players. Once they have got used to the "easy" versions of common chords and their dexterity and reach improves they can be gradually encouraged to move on to more conventional shapes as appropriate


Below you can see our printable colour guitar "mini-posters" of the best chords for a beginner to learn that you can print and distribute to younger kids. The posters can be used to decorate a child's bedroom or playroom and make a great memory aid. They can be given all at once or introduced gradually in a "guitar chord of the week" way. Its up to you really?

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When Can A Kid Learn to Play Guitar?


I don't want to start this very important and relevant section with a "cop out" but the rather predictable answer is that it depends on the individual child rather than its age. If I suddenly "lay down a law" on this little bit of the internet that says eight or nine is a great age to start playing the guitar because thats the age that I start to teach groups of children in schools then folks out there in the real world would quite rightly howl about a fresh from the maternity wing kid they once saw on the internet who made Jimi Hendrix look like Forest Gump. I dont start teaching groups of kids until they are about eight or nine years of age mostly from a classroom management point of view. Anyone who teaches groups of students will know well enough the variety of "dynamics" that can exist within different groups and if you factor in the behaviour and attention span of a group of seven year old children then it shouldn't be a surprise that sometimes a lesson would not go to plan.
So as a general rule of thumb I would say if you are teaching a single child with a reasonable attention span for its age then (at a push) six or seven would be a reasonable age to start playing the guitar. There will be exceptions and it all depends upon circumstances but at this kind of stage the main thing is that lessons need to be FUN! how to teach kids to play guitar


Kid's Guitar Lessons



Single Note Children's Guitar Favourites

Children wanna play guitar stuff that's relevant to them. I teach guitar to kids aged eight upwards and their parents are typically in their late 20's and early thirties. The music that these kids hear at home reflects that reality. Faves at the minute single note wise are the Simpsons Theme That three note thing from Shrek and (strangely?) Smoke On The Water(!) You can still get them into playing the odd Christmas Carol on the guitar because as streetwise and cynical as todays children may regrettably be they still love the season of getting free stuff but in the main, along with the classic rock they want to play the music of now (or at least of the fairly recent past).



It may be a good idea (not just with children?) to teach fragments of songs on guitar rather than whole complete pieces of music? This way your customers feel as if they are learning more and are less likely to get bored and frustrated by being forced to bang away at the same thing for hours on end

 

Here are a few ideas that I have found effective to mix and match during recent kids guitar lessons aimed at children who are complete beginners
Its nice to have a few sheets with versions of simple tunes and figures which use only a single string for absolute novices (this also has the advantage of allowing students to get a pleasing result from a guitar that may not be properly in tune)

The theme from Shrek
Happy Birthday
Police Siren (E string 3rd fret to the E string open and repeated as required)
Smoke On The Water (single note version starting from an open A string)


How to teach kids to Play the Guitar
The teachwombat guitar teaching resources have a range of sheets with JUMBO sized Tab and notation so that you can easily create your own "Master copies" of often used fragments or licks (these sheets have large graphics designed to be studied from a distance ideal for shorter segments of music) from there it's just a case of scanning or photocopying the originals to ensure that you have a library of material that you can add to and use over and over again.
There is money to be made (and a lot of satisfaction to be derived) from teaching guitar to children but as with "regular" instrumental instruction the key to an effective, stress free (and profitable!) lesson is preparation.

How to Teach Kids to play Guitar: The New Reality?


I've seen the books and the "teach kids to play guitar" stuff thats out there and some of it (while worthy) is a bit wide of the mark.
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" "Merrily We Roll Along" and all sorts of stuff like that? They have Playstations and School Of Rock for crying out loud!!
Show me a nine year old kid who wakes up with a burning desire to play "Twinkle Twinkle" and I'll show you a child stolen from the 1950's and beamed into the present day (and to be perfectly frank he or she would probably have been a bit of a wierd kid even in the 50's).

The only real reason that the stuff like "Frankie and Johnny" and "Merrily We Roll Along" is in the guitar books in the first place is so that the publishers don't have to pay the composers and owners of the songs because they are out of copyright. The fact that a tune is out of copyright presents no incentive for a nine year old kid to want to learn it on their guitar .

As Guitar and Bass Teacher's we have to compete with the free stuff that's up there on youtube (some of which lets face it is very good) so it would seem a bit silly to rely on out of copyright tunes that are recognised by an ever decreasing number of people?

The best type of guitar for children

As well as the lesson plans and the resources it is important to make sure that attention is paid to making sure that you have the best type of guitar for a child and we look at the notion that the conventional wisdom that has come to dictate that nylon strung "classical" guitars are more suitable for children has become outdated


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Here's some stuff from The BBC all about teaching kids to play the guitar