Our method provides context for the theory behind the music. The main objectives for students are that they develop a ‘feel’ for their instrument and understanding of music as a whole.

Learning Guitar Basics

Lessons will cover guitar anatomy, chords, scales, intervals, soloing technique and basic music theory. Depending on the individual’s ability and interest we may change this outline to better suit the player.

The novice guitar lesson plan

  • Parts and construction of a guitar.
  • Basic strumming and picking of open strings and single fretted notes.
  • Tune your guitar to a standard E - A - D - G - B - E.
  • The difference between various kinds of guitars.
  • The notes for the first 12 frets on all six strings starting with high E, low E and A string.
  • Play single notes with a pick moving from string to string and/or fret to fret.
  • Play basic power chord shapes (dyads) and common open chords from the “CAGED” system.
  • Learn and implement basic minor, major, power and barre chords.
  • Memorize and use basic major, melodic minor and pentatonic guitar scales.
  • Grasp and apply basic soloing technique including bends, vibrato, sliding and alternate picking.
  • Play through and be comfortable with simple chord progressions that allow you to play through full songs

The intermediate-advanced guitar lesson plan

  • To develop skills playing in all positions, in all keys.
  • To demonstrate the ability to perform intermediate-level rhythms.
  • To perform melodic lines and scales in the keys of C, D, F, G, A and E, and for advanced players – all keys.
  • To demonstrate and perform moveable bar chords based on the "E" and "A" chord forms, for advanced players – all the CAGED shapes across the neck.
  • To demonstrate the ability to perform intermediate-level right-hand techniques.
  • To create simple melodies.
  • To participate in performance of music.