Now what do I teach my 9yr old?

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  1. theelijahband

    theelijahband TDPRI Member

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    He knows his chords, he can rhythm ear and switch correctly most of the time between the 1 4 5 chords, he can run the blues and major scales quiet well.

    There is so much more for him to learn but in what order? His goal is lead guitar (country). So besides mastering what he already knows what else should I be teaching him?

    Triads
    Finding and Picking melodies to songs
    Licks
    Bar Chords

    Any advice and or video lesson links would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. CajunPicker316

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    I would think your second option would be the way to go. If you can't find the melody, then your just running scales in the key. If he can find the melody, then he can put all those scales and licks to good use.
     
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    Rock and Roll guitarist facial expressions.
     
  4. DSharp

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    When I was that age I was working my way through the Mel Bay Method. I would suggest some sort of similar series that gives him a solid foundation in reading and theory. At nine, he'll pick it up quickly, and he'll never regret having the knowledge.
     
  5. JayFreddy

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    My .02:

    Teach him how to read. If you can't, hire someone who can.

    For most 9 year olds, reading music is easy. It gets exponentially harder once they become teenagers... And if they can't read music by the age of 20, odds are they never will. :idea:

    If the boy's goal is to play country leads, make sure he knows all of his triad forms up and down the neck, along with their related pentatonics.

    You can interweave picking out melodies by ear with the major and minor scale patterns, so he's not just memorizing patterns, but memorizing the sounds.

    Of course he has to learn bar chords too.

    To help establish a practice routine, typically I have students do scales first, then chord studies, and then finish off with a song or two to round out their daily practice routine.

    The Hal Leonard Complete is excellent for learning to read, and the middle of the book has some cool chord melody things like Wildwood Flower which every self respectin' country picker needs to know! :cool: ;)
     
  6. Califiddler

    Califiddler Friend of Leo's

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    If he wants to play country lead guitar, then he should learn country lead guitar. Teach him how to figure out guitar parts note-for-note off a recording, starting with his favorite recordings. Then step back and analyze what the player on the record was doing, and why.

    Once he has developed those skills he can figure out pretty much any country lead guitar part on his own, and work up his own parts and solos to any country song that he wants to.
     
  7. Neil_Morgan

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    Whilst it's definitely a good thing to have some kind of 'specialism' in mind (in this case country) I also think you don't want to deliberately miss stuff out in the early days because it's not in line with where you want to be in ten years - it's all going to help along the journey.

    I would definitely endorse the idea of a structured study book. Not just because all the hard work has been done for you in terms of lesson plans, but because it becomes very easy for him to track his own progress. Feel free to supplement the book with your own material/repertoire.
     
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    Teach him about girls, if he plays guitar as well as it sounds like he does, he'll be unstoppable.
     
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    Amen!
     
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