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Confidence from Consolidation

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As a guitar tutor you should rightly be focused on your students' development of technique and understanding. Your student, however, does not necessarily perceive their progress in those terms. Your student is more likely to measure their progress in terms of what songs they can play or accompany on the guitar.

During the early stages it is highly likely that you will have your student learn bits and pieces from different songs. Or even when learning complete songs, they will learn to play them at a very basic level.

It is vital to provide your student with their own sense of progress because this feeds their confidence in their ability to play. For this reason you should frequently re-visit earlier material and repeatedly polish up on songs that have been half-learnt or poorly learnt. I call this 'consolidating' your students' knowledge and ability.

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