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Teaching Kids Chords and Tab


Ok Everyone...

Just wondering with younger kids do you teach them chords with chord boxes and tab early on...?

Ive found this past few months in school that kids are not understanding chord boxes (I usually have them pointing upwards) so Ive changed this to the right so the head-stock is on the right hand side...they seem to prefer this.

Also Tab is causing a lot of problems - some kids get it and some just dont...

Just wondering how others get this stuff across..

I usually have young kids start with a simple melody on tab then onto easy 1 finger chords - then build them up.

James

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jlg1 wrote:

Ok Everyone...

Just wondering with younger kids do you teach them chords with chord boxes and tab early on...?

Ive found this past few months in school that kids are not understanding chord boxes (I usually have them pointing upwards) so Ive changed this to the right so the head-stock is on the right hand side...they seem to prefer this.

Also Tab is causing a lot of problems - some kids get it and some just dont...

Just wondering how others get this stuff across..

I usually have young kids start with a simple melody on tab then onto easy 1 finger chords - then build them up.

James




I find the ones who aren't getting it are also the ones who are not practicing. I guess there is some level of mathematical ability in order to read the chord charts and tab but it's not really that difficult. I was good in math though so maybe this part just comes easy to me.

It's frustrating when students are not able to read tab or chord charts. Then I can only teach them what they are able to remember.

At times I have written down specific instructions on how to play a chord. Like for E minor I will write down "2nd finger, 2nd fret, 5th string, etc…

But even with this detailed instruction they have to remember where the 5th string is and even that gives some students trouble. They confuse 5th string with 2nd string. Sound familiar?
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Sounds all too familiar Steve..lol..

Yes I would agree the kids that dont practice are as stuck this week as they were last week.

It seems to be sinking in now with the majority of them though one boy was practicing but just wasnt "getting it" according to his mum. HE was getting very frustrated at home.

The fact that tab is the guitar upside down throws everyone I think at the start - some cant visualize turning it around "in their mind" and constantly ask "why is it not the right way up...?"

I decided to turn the chord chart onto their side headstock to the right - which seems to have helped the younger ones as they "see it" right away - well most of them do.

AS of today some actually were able to stretch across the strings to get the 3rd finger onto the 1st string for a G chord - which was good considering were they were last week.

James


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