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Articles and teaching materials to aid established guitar tutors become better teachers.

Teaching skills series
Articles on pacing guitar lessons, motivating students and building student's confidence.
[Space to learn] [The virtuous circle of confidence building] [The tutor as learning facilitator] [The wrong-handed guitar player ] [How to impress your students]

Theory of learning series
A series of informative articles applying learning theory to the informal guitar tutor and pupil situation.
[How Learning got a Bad Name for Itself] [Motivation Moves Mountains] [Contact with the Subject] [Mental Processing] [Assimilating] [Relative Importance] [Information Overwhelm] [Information Retention] [Making and Breaking habits]

Exercises for physical development
Exercises will help beginner guitarists play the guitar faster, improve their finger strength especially their little finger work.
[Speed-developer exercise] [Space Invaders] [Finger separation exercise]

Blues basics
Diagrams, charts and sound samples for teaching a variety of blues styles.
[Blues scales in five positions] [Diagonal blues scale runs] [Basic shuffle patterns] [Texas blues Verse 1] [Texas blues Verse 2] [Texas blues Verse 3] [Texas blues Verse 4] [Texas blues Verse 5] [Texas blues Verse 6] [C7 blues] [Blues chord treatments] [20-bar R&B style blues] [Slow Minor blues]

Guitar Teaching Tips
Bite-sized chunks of wisdom that you can use to sharpen your teaching skills and increase your awareness.
[Teaching Tips List] [First Tip]

Basics of teaching guitar music theory
A series of articles written by Nick Minnion ensuring guitar teachers can teach their students effectively through understanding the basics of guitar music theory.
[From the Bottom Up] [The Importance of the Major Scale] [Don't believe a word your student says] [Correct Sequence] [Use it or Lose it] [Don't Waste Time Explaining] [The Importance of Repeated Use] [Defining Musical Terms] [Motivate before Mystifying] [Examine, Revise, Consolidate]

Reference materials
Simple ideas for beginner and intermediate guitarists to aid with remembering the basics of guitar theory.
[Open string note names] [First chords] [Open chords] [First position blues scale in E] [Names of notes on fretboard] [Treble and bass clefs]

Beginners exercises
Strumming patterns and fun fingering exercise for beginner and intermediate guitarists.
[Single string boogie] [Some basic strumming patterns]

Teaching songs
Recommended songs for all stages of learning the guitar.
[Teaching song list]

Snippets of Guitar Music Theory
Bite-sized articles cover a number of points about music theory.
[Snippets of Guitar Music Theory List] [First Snippet]

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TeachGuitar.com is preparing articles for new guitar tutors coving the topics: developing a syllabus, examinations for guitar players, playing in a band, site reading, music theory, developing teaching materials, teaching older students, teaching younger students, before you start, organising, marketing, payment issues, sales, accounting, self development and business troubleshooting.


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