Saturday, December 31, 2011

More Good Work

A five year old guitar student is doing the work.

He is volunteering and following through.

He is working with two-string combinations in traditional notation.

He chooses the strings. I write the pattern, asking for his input.

After choosing the notes, he takes ownership of the musical pattern through drawing, coloring and playing it, and trains his eyes and hands.

He repeated this process, requesting to write new music several times during the lesson.

This week, I introduced stopping the strings with his left hand.

I was surprised to hear how strong his left had fingers have become through the work in the Guitar Fingering 0-1-2-3-4 Book. When he stopped the strings, we could hear the pitch he was holding down on the Open Strings.

© 2011 Kathryn Hardage