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Teaching Guitar – A Classroom Diary – Week 2

This week’s main goals are: • Teach 2 new chords • Have students be able to change chords in a song • Strum up and down • Compose using 3 main chords. “Guitar again?” The line leader grins as she comes through the door. All the kids seem excited to come in and have another…


Teaching Guitar – A Classroom Diary – Week 1

My name is Shelley Brobst and I teach guitar… to elementary students! Yes, I may seem a little crazy to try such a thing but, stick with me and you’ll see that it’s a lot easier than you think! I’m starting my guitar unit for the next 9 weeks and I’ll be updating you on…

Guitar with a Capo

More Sticky Notes from Shelley

1. My guitar doesn’t have a button for a strap at the top of the body. What can I do/recommend to students with a similar setup? Installing strap buttons is a lot easier than you think it might be. But, if you’re not comfortable, your local music store should be able to do that in…


Sticky Notes from Shelley

By Ragesoss (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons If you’ve been to a Teaching Guitar Workshop, you’ve put your questions down on Sticky Notes and passed them to your instructor. Sticky Notes are our crude – yet effective – way of taking questions and setting everyone on the right course. If…

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Enjoy Bill Swick’s Weekly Guitar Newsletter!

Uh oh! It’s the first week of guitar class and you’re drawing a blank! Bill Swick, Chair of the Las Vegas Guitar Task Force, has your back. Bill’s weekly newsletters contain step-by-step instructions on how to move your class along. To sign up for his newsletters, email Bill at: with the words “Free Newsletter”…

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