After First Day of Teaching Guitar at Guitarworks

Finished my first night of teaching guitar lessons. I was a bit stressed as I was taking over existing students from a previous teacher, going to a new store, etc. I didn’t know what they were working on with the previous teacher so I was going in blind.

2 students were bassists which surprised me. But they seemed happy with my teaching. I figured out the bass part to ‘Evil Woman’ by Black Sabbath. I suggested they find a bass teacher so we’ll see what happens.

The younger kids are tough -they don’t say much, don’t know what songs or styles they like and so on. My favourite students are ones that want to understand how things work. I’m going to be going through the major scale, how to build chords from each scale degree, chord progressions and get them writing songs. For soloing I start with the CAGED system in major scale and build from there into relative minor and pentatonic scales. Along with that is learning technique. For absolute beginners I suggest they go through the Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Complete Edition: Books & CD’s 1, 2 and 3 which also gets them reading music and learning some chords.

Overall a fun and bit tiring experience. It’s cool to be teaching the next generation of guitarists and sharing my knowledge with them.

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