Bill Swick Bio PicFor every ounce of technique taught, there needs to be a pound of application. There is no shortage of guitar method books. Few however offer the amount of application needed to teach a large guitar class. Most methods are designed for individual or small class instruction. Have ample material to provide application to each new skill introduced. For example, when introducing the first three notes on string one, have 12-16 pieces to perform using just those three notes. When teaching a one finger C and G7 chord, have 12-16 songs that can be sung using those two chords. Continue with this philosophy for all new techniques and skills.

Students are only apt to learn a technique if there is some sort of pay back. If the pay back is getting to play 10 new songs that are really cool, chances are good students will be motivated to learn the new chords being taught, or a new strumming pattern being introduced, or the new rhythm being taught, or the new picking technique. However, if the technique being introduced is only being applied to one song, students are not as likely to make an effort to learn the technique. Have plenty of supplementary materials and offer plenty of application to all new skills being introduced.

Remember no skill is actually “taught” until each student can demonstrate the ability to perform that skill.

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