When giving guitar lessons for kids, you may ask yourself how to design your lessons, so that it’s fun and age-appropriate at the same time. You can’t just hand them any dry teaching materials that you would use for adult beginner. Instead your guitar lessons should be designed in a way that that children enjoy them. The younger children are the more you need to entertain them. Learning basic guitar chords is one essential pillar of playing the guitar.
That’s why I created some teaching materials that help kids to better understand the conecpt of guitar chords and to enjoy learning them. The teaching materials cover:
- 10 different guitar chord sheets in color and in black & white (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,Am,Dm,Em)
- 10 different guitar chord memory cards in color and in black & white (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,Am,Dm,Em)
- Guitar chords certificate in color and in black & white
How to teach a child guitar chords
There are countless studies that have confirmed the power of visual imagery in learning. Visuals help kids to better retrieve and remember information. When it comes to learning guitar chords, most books and materials are kept simple and look quite similar. But our brain is mainly an image processor than a word processor.
Use the chord sheets in color as handouts or posters for your classroom.
Give the chord sheets in black & white to your students, so that they can color them out.
Standard guitar chord sheets are simplified. This is great but not ideal for young beginner. They can get easily confused and frustrated in the beginning. That’s why the first guitar chord sheets for children should be catchy and understandable right at the first look. Once they understand the concept of guitar chords, you can introduce to them the standard guitar chord sheets.
Just learning the basic guitar chords by name is not only boring for young kids but also quite hard. It’s much easier for kids to associate the D Chord for instance with a dog playing the guitar, of the G Chord with a giraffe and a EM Chord with an Elephant that gets scared from a Mouse.
How to memorize guitar chords
Once children master the guitar chords it’s all about practicing. Before we start learning and playing guitar songs, we should know some chords by heart and know how to change between different chords. A fun way to practice basic guitar chords is the guitar chord memory game.
Memory is a card game in which all cards are laid face down on a surface and two cards are flipped face up over each turn. The aim of the game is to turn over pairs of matching cards. The game doesn’t only teach the basic guitar chords but at the same time it helps your students developing their memory and concentration.
If a child finds a pair, he can immediatly play it on the guitar. Or all students collect them at first and play them at the end of the game. The one who found most of the chords has won the game.
Memory cards are also included in black and white, so that you can let your students color them out.
Once your student masters the basic guitar chords, you can give him a certificate. Again, it’s available in color and in black & white.
Motivating kids to learn the first guitar chords and especially to practice them can be quite difficult. The effective use of these teaching materials can decrease learning time, increase comprehension and improve retention. Get the ebook and make your guitar lessons more fun! You have a 60 day money back guarantee!
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