Music Theory Aids

Learning music theory for any instrument can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be here are some pictures to help students decipher the mysteries of music.

Circle of Fourths-Fifths

Note and Rest Chart

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Basic Guitar Lessons

Since I lead music for children with voice and guitar at our church, I am sometimes asked to teach children how to play the guitar. The topics that we cover during each lesson are below. We use a variation of the Progressive Beginner Guitar book.

Lesson 1

  1. Parts of the guitar
  2. Types of guitar
  3. Styles of guitar
  4. How to hold the guitar
  5. How to strum (up and down)
  6. Strings – E-A-D-G-B-E
  7. Right hand techniques (playing one string, two strings together, three strings together and in sequence)
  8. How to tune the guitar

Lesson 2

  1. Review
  2. What is a chord? (Major, minor, seventh)
  3. The G major chord
  4. The D major chord
  5. Open strings and fretted notes
  6. The quarter note

Lesson 3

  1. Review
  2. The second string
  3. The half note
  4. The C major chord
  5. Song – Silent Night
  6. The quarter and half rests

Lesson 4

  1. Review
  2. The first string
  3. E, F and G notes
  4. The whole note and whole rest
  5. The eighth note

Lesson 5

  1. Review
  2. Eighth note rhythm pattern

Lesson 6

  1. Review
  2. The fourth string
  3. D, E and F notes
  4. Minor chords (Dm, Em, Am)

The Year in Music, Art, Literature and Drama History

16 Jan – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Spain (1605).

17 Jan – Popeye the Sailor, a comic character created by Elzie Segar, first appeared in the Thimble Theater comic strip (1929).

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