Originally Posted by Cassidy
you'd be surprized how many teachers there are that have the "and this weeks song is ..." approach. It's quite frankly disgusting.
There is honestly not a whole lot to guitar apart from learning a simple formula (the major scale intervals) & then how to manipulate it (modes, triads, melodic & harmonic minor).
My approach always has been, and will be:
Focus on technique purely with alternate picking & legato, perhaps sweep picking if the student is advanced.
The idea here is to get the mechanics down so your hands do what your mind tells them to do. not going to waste too much time on theory since apart from the major scale we won't be needing much else at all. And to finish off explain what chords are & their formula's.
pentatonics and nothing but pentatonics. Give the shapes and the chords that go along with it. most important aspect is to learn how to practice properly. most people that noodles around shapes and that leads to nothing good at all.
Major scale modes & 3 note per string scales. same approach as with the pentatonics but the chords get a little more interesting this time. Focussing to hearing note relation to chords is more important then racing up & down the neck (any idiot can do that)
chord inversions, arpeggio's & sweeping. I like doing those 3 together since it's a lot easier to grasp imho. seeing triad apreggio's laid out gives you access to a lot of chord inversions all across the neck.
all depends on where you want to take it from there. As far as i recall it's neoclassical rock for most people i tought.
I only charged 20$ per lesson and those 5 alone should set most if not all people for at least 6 months minimum. Each lesson is pretty much getting bombarded with exercises. Needless to say i pissed a lot of teachers off since i get better results.
Just give the kid a shovel & teach him how to dig. if he comes back because he hit rock bottom, it's time to learn how to use a pickaxe.