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EmilysMan  
5 Apr 2007 09:07 | Quote
United States
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for my senior project im teaching my sister how to play guitar, what all should i show her? what do you think is the most important thing about playing guitar?
simon73  
6 Apr 2007 07:17 | Quote
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at first what kind of music is she into? what is favourite song? may be you could start this off. As for scales suggest that you introduce them slowly must first time players get really put of with bashing scales out and chords. I tend to introduce them into the music the person like so if the song is in the key of G you may find that the solo (if there is one) to be based around e minor or blues or whatever.

Moving on once she got to grips with all that I would leave off the theory side for the time and do another song. But choose something like the Shadows. I know not many people like them but you be impressed and how much cool style and technique they have. If I can cast my brain back into time I think Joe satriani likes the shadows.

Stick with basic stuff and move up very slowly that would be my advice.
Hope that this has given you something to work from. Any problems get in touch I may be able to give you some more help or others might have some good suggestions as well.

Good luck
iceman_grimm  
9 Apr 2007 17:45 | Quote
United States
Posts: 16
another thing that's important when it comes to the guitar is enjoying the instrument. if you dread picking up the guitar every day, then either the instrument just isn't for you, or there's something wrong in the learning process. so make sure your sister is having fun playing the guitar and enjoying the learning experience. keeping your sister motivated is also another important element. if she wants to learn to play to look cool or impress people, the motivation can quickly vanish. but if she wants to be like her brother and/or has a passion for the music, maybe she'll more motivated/interested. so i'd start her off with your basic major chords, beginner scales and maybe a few songs she likes and advance from there. teaching her how to play a song is cool, but teaching her the song, and what chords, scales, modes, etc the song built around will really help her to learn to play the instrument, as opposed to just being able to play a few songs on it. and of course, everything simon73 said!
redscare  
10 Apr 2007 11:05 | Quote
Russia
Posts: 2
yeah, basically what everyone else said. First figure out what style of music is she into. Also, imho, i suggest teaching her music with melody rather that rhythm since at the beginner level it sounds much more satisfying ;) (Something more classicky or alternitivy)

For example, last week I watched a movie (Pan's Labyrinth) that had a very easy yet melodious main sound theme. Here is my horrid interpretation (not sure if I got the durations right, but seems right except for beginning of second to last measure when you open up ASCII in TablEdit):

-0-------0-1-0------(0)-|-0-------0-1------------|-----------0------------|-----0-------------0---0-|-----------3/--0-------
---3---3----------------|---3---3-----3------(3)-|-3-------3---3------(3)-|---------3---------------|-----------------------
-----5----------(5)-----|-----5----------(4)-----|---5-4-5--------(4)-----|-------------------------|-----------------------
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redscare  
10 Apr 2007 11:07 | Quote
Russia
Posts: 2
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league  
13 Apr 2007 19:20 | Quote
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It depends on how old your sister is and her interest and appreciation of music.Try to teach her the chords to her favorite songs.If you think she's ready for theory I think you should start with that.For example teach her that there are seven naturals and a total of twelve notes.


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