New Student Training Course
A note to the parents...
Parents are encouraged to go through these materials with their child in order to help them fully understand the materials. This new student training course is an important step to ensuring that your child gets the most out of their guitar/music classes. This will also give you an inside look and a basic understanding of what, and how, your child should be practicing at home. Older kids may not need as much help going through the materials, but regardless of age, it will benefit you as a parent to know the basic ins and outs of your child's lessons.
A note to the students...
As a new student to SCGT you'll need to get familiar with these basic exercises and practice routines that will form the foundation of your guitar/music classes. Before you start using your current class practice page you should practice the exercises below until you are comfortable with all of the materials. You will still be able to participate in the exercises and activities during your classes, but until you are comfortable with these basic concepts you must use this page when practicing at home.
Summit City Guitar Training
You will want to go through the following lessons in order. However, it is not important to fully master each topic before moving on tho the next. The Idea is to just have a basic understanding of all of the concepts in each lesson.
Lesson 1: Tuning the Guitar
The first thing you must understand is how to tune your guitar. If your guitar is out of tune you will find it very difficult to make any sort of music. Remember that it will take time to fully master the ability to tune your guitar. For now it is most important that you fully understand how to tune. Don't be discouraged if it takes you a while to tune all 6 strings in the beginning. I promise, you will get faster at it over time.
Lesson 2: Beginning to Play
In this lesson you will learn the basic functions of each hand individually and then work on coordinating and synchronizing both hands together. After completing this lesson you should start to feel comfortable with picking individual strings and pressing down (fretting) notes, as well as the basic strumming motion.
Lesson 3: Reading Guitar Tablature
Reading guitar tablature will be essential moving forward with your class materials. Exercises and songs will be written in guitar tablature and if you don't know how to read it, you won't be able to play the material. This will likely be the area where students will need the most help from their parents in order to fully understand the material.
Lesson 4: Four-Finger Coordination Exercises
Coordination exercises are a core element to learning efficient guitar technique at SCGT. Learning the basics to the four-finger exercise will provide you with a solid foundation for all future coordination exercises.
Lesson 5: Practicing With a Metronome
In this lesson you will be introduced to the metronome. A metronome is a basic tool for all practicing musicians. Its core function is to help you develop a strong sense of rhythm and timing, which is an essential skill for any musician, regardless of what instrument you play.
Lesson 6: The Basic Elements of Music Notation
Although the majority of your lesson material will be written in guitar tablature, learning to read music is another one of those skills that is extremely useful no matter what instrument you play. Guitarists are notorious for not knowing how to read music and it is my mission to teach each and every one of my students how to read music in at least a very general sense. If you decide to pursue music more seriously later in life, you will greatly appreciate knowing how to read standard notation.