What to practice: Memorize notes E, F, and G on the 1st string of the guitar and memorize what they look like on the music staff. Memorize notes B, C, and D on the 2nd string of the guitar and memorize what they look like on the music staff. Try playing ‘Ode to Joy’ – L. van Beethoven.
How to practice: Use diagrams provided in the book to aid in learning notes. Say note names out loud after you play them. Arch your fingers over the strings and press into the fret-board with your fingertips (it is normal for this to hurt at first); if your thumb is extending past the neck of the guitar this is too high. Before you try playing ‘Ode to Joy,’ try counting to 4 at a slow pace, establishing a feeling for 4 beats.
Recommended practice time: 5 hours a week. not left all until the day before, daily practice is required.
How parents can support practice: Invest in the music book I use to teach (Guitar Method Book 1 – Hal Leonard) for daily practice, as well as a guitar tuner (preferably the clip on ones) and music stand. Set times for your child to practice everyday and make sure they do. Make sure they have a quiet space and can be focused, not distracted by a phone or t.v etc. Have a comfortable chair for them to sit in, preferably one without arm rests because these will obstruct the guitar. Remember to be encouraging and supportive!
The Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Hal-Leonard-Guitar-Method-Book/dp/079351245X
PS: Sorry for the inconvenience of this late post, please understand I am only just beginning to work with this system. Future posts will be written on day of lesson.