2019-2020 Lesson 1 of 16

Three Little birds- be able to play changes without stopping. Start with one strum per bar. Move on to 2 and when those are comfortable try playing with 4 strums per bar without pausing, without hesitation.

12 bar blues- practice slowly keep in mind common fingers between chords. Be able to play slowly without hesitation or pauses

D Major scale- second position. Keep LH thumb behind the second finger. Keep fingers down as you go up the scale. Use tips of fingers. Play with 4 plucks per note or Mississippi hotdog.

Amazing grace - be able to play first half from memory count out the beats as you play hold half notes for their full value

CREDIT: 2018-2019 Lessons 13-15

twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first four strings)

Amazing Grace

- practice one phrase at a time. Make sure you can play one phrase perfectly before moving on to the next

- next week’s goal is to play through whole piece  

chord Chart

- memorize circled chords

Three Little Birds

- work on chord transitions, especially in the last two lines

- play two chord strums per measure 

2018-2019 Lesson 12 of 15

twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first four strings)

Amazing Grace

- practice one phrase at a time. Make sure you can play one phrase perfectly before moving on to the next

- next week’s goal is to play through whole piece  

chord Chart

- memorize circled chords

Three Little Birds

- work on chord transitions, especially in the last two lines

- play two chord strums per measure 

2018-2019 Lesson 11 of 15

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first four strings)

Aura Lee

- work on right hand finger alternation

- practice with metronome at 60

 

Amazing Grace

- practice one phrase at a time. Make sure you can play one phrase perfectly before moving on to the next

chord Chart 

- memorize circled chords 

Three Little Birds

- work on chord transitions, especially in the last two lines

- play one chord strum per measure for now

2018-2019 Lesson 10 of 15

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation 

 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first four strings)

Aura Lee

- work on right hand finger alternation

- practice with metronome at 60

-  can start learning Amazing Grace  

chord Chart 

- memorize circled chords 

Three Little Birds

- work on chord transitions

- play one chord strum per measure for now

2018-2019 Lesson 9 of 15

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Scales

- practice G major and C major scales with free stroke and right hand finger alternation  

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned (notes on the first three strings)

Aura Lee

- work on the piece two measures at a time, slowly, with right hand finger alternation

- practice with metronome at 54

chord Chart 

- memorize circled chords 

Three Little Birds 

- work on chord transitions

- play one chord strum per measure for now

2018-2019 Lesson 8 of 15

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Aura Lee

- work on the piece two measures at a time, slowly, with right hand finger alternation

chord Chart 

- memorize circled chords 

 

Three Little Birds   

- work on chord transitions

- play one chord strum per measure for now  

2018-2019 Lesson 7

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Aura Lee

- work on the piece two measures at a time, slowly, with right hand finger alternation 

 

chord Chart  

- memorize circled chords  

 

2018-2019 Lesson 6

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Notes on the first string and second string

- work on Merry Men piece to practice reading second and first string notes. Try to learn the whole piece by next week

 

chord chart

- learn and memorize circled chords  

2018-2019 Lesson 5

Mississippi hot dog and twinkle little star

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice with freestroke 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Notes on the first string and second string

- work on Merry Men piece to practice reading second and first string notes. Try to learn the whole piece by next week 

2018-2019 Lesson 4

  “Mississippi Hot Dog” and twinkle little star 

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers

-  try practicing with free stroke

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Notes on the first string and second string

- work on Merry Men piece to practice reading second and first string notes

2018-2019 Lesson 3

 “Mississippi Hot Dog”  piece

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice one part at a time

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned 

Notes on the first string and second string 

- work on Merry Men piece to practice reading second and first string notes 

2018-2019 Lesson 2

“Mississippi Hot Dog”  piece

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out 

- always alternate your right hand fingers 

- practice one part at a time 

 

Flash Cards

- go through the notes that you have already learned  

 

Notes on the first string

 - review notes on the first string, and work in etude on first string as an exercise 

2018-2019 Lesson 1

Review: 

- parts of the guitar

- numbers and letters for fingers

- how to read music notes  

 

“Mississippi Hot Dog”  piece

- work on whole piece

- remember to keep left hand thumb behind the neck and don’t let it poke out  

- always alternate your right hand fingers  

- draw an imaginary straight line from the bridge, and that is where your right forearm should be.