Re: songs 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite is working very well at the moment for introducing power chords as it's just the same 3 chords with the 1 shape - B(m) G A - on the low E. If the students are advanced enough they can have a go at the solo (which isn't that difficult, really)
Ive a few girs into Miley Cyrus - just wondering do you change the key for it? I think it uses barre chords if a tab I was looking at is right?. C#m and stuff - I didnt get a chance to chekc it properly though - s that mightened be right?
Obviously for the beginners barres are out - I was gonna change the key for it maybe? I'm doing another one of hers as well - cant remember the name of it off the top of my head.
I use it without the capo, its a bit low, but its really just to inspire the kids to prcatice changing chords. Is a good introduction to Bm as well. I just taught them the simple Bm on bottom 4 strings.
Id be interested in hearing what Miley song you use, might give me another lesson! lol
The song was Naturally and also an old Hanna Montant one - Who Said. I mentioned it to a girl today thinking she wouldnt know it but she does - its G C D etc.. I think. She even agreed to work on it which got me out of a hole! LOL
The other one (Naturally) is a sort of descending bass line G G/F# etc C C/B that sort of thing.
Didnt seem too difficult in the video anyway - though I havent got a good look at it. Hope these are helpful!
Re: songs Have a student who's been working on descending bass lines. He's also recently discovered maj7 chords. I stumbled on "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer which uses both. Also included a sus4 chord, two new strum patterns, and it made for a great lesson and a good challenge for him. Here's the what I used:
Firstly, The Pretender by Foo Fighters - lots of fun and a challenge for intermediate students to nail the whole tune with the backing track.
Second, The Cult: an oldie that is great for beginners. Easy powerchord tune and again, fun to play for younger kids
Also been teaching loads of Queen as I'm doing the We Will Rock You musical with the local academy next month, so 'I Want it All', One Vision, Hammer to Fall, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing, and 'Don't Stop me Now' are all being taught at the moment!