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)
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