Home Music Lessons Australia provide lessons to children and adults of all ages, with teachers who are experts at breaking music down music into simple, easy-to-learn concepts in order to share their vast musical experience with students whose interests range widely across musical genres. Unlike some music schools, our teachers will not force students to learn boring material by sticking to rigid lesson plans – we recognise the importance of custom-tailoring every lesson to the student, and as such, the content of lessons can vary greatly depending on individuals musical goals and interests.
Below are just a few examples of lesson content our teachers have incorporated into lessons to make them as enjoyable and productive as possible for their students.
- Working through a list of the students favourite songs, simplified by transposing the key, substituting chords or isolating popular melodies in order to ensure the student can make steady progress while still enjoying themselves and building a repertoire of music they enjoy playing.
- Introducing the student to new music which is appropriate to their level and allows them to make use of the musical patterns and techniques currently being worked on.
- Devising exercises to target the simultaneous development of musical skills that encourage sustainable playing techniques.
- Emphasis on allowing the student to enjoy exploring the new instrument and setting fun homework tasks that ensure steady progression.
- Exposing the student to a wider variety of music which allows the students to widen their musical vocabulary of more advanced of rhythms,
- Incorporating basic improvisation / composition into the current lesson material.
- Incorporation of basic music theory by teaching the student to recognise the patterns and similarities between different songs being learnt.
- Songwriting and composition.
- Development of enjoyable homework tasks that encourage self-learning and the development of musical independence.
- Exam preparation and tertiary entrance audition preparation.
- Advanced instrumental techniques.
- Advanced songwriting and composition.
- Working with the student to design a practice schedule that allows for rapid advancement
- Performance techniques/analysis.
- Advanced improvisation practice.
- Development of a personal style by incorporating the sounds and applying the techniques of the students favourite musicians into the student’s new and existing repertoire.
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Is it better to learn on electric guitar or acoustic guitar?
You may have noticed that we talk a lot about learning goals. Perhaps the most important part of this is identifying the types of music you would want to be able to play. If you just want to be able to strum out a song and maybe even fingerpick a little bit, then you probably want to consider learning on acoustic first. However, if you want to learn how to solo and “rock-out,” then you probably want to go with an electric guitar.
When choosing a guitar for a child, parents are often hesitant to choose electric guitar over acoustic as they think it will cost more (being unaware that electric guitar and practice amplifier “beginner packs” are often very reasonably priced), because they are afraid that they will be too loud (without realising that the ability to completely control the volume on an electric guitar means they can in fact be played at a lower volume than most other instruments or even with headphones), or that only certain styles of music can be played on the electric guitar.
When choosing a guitar, the most important thing is that you choose a guitar that you know you will love playing and will be excited to spend time practicing with it.
I want to play acoustic guitar – but what’s the difference between a nylon-stringed guitar and a steel-stringed guitar?
The difference between a nylon guitar vs. a steel guitar is hard to notice on the surface because the guitars look very much alike. The difference lies in the types of strings that you use: nylon or steel.
It is often said that beginners are better of learning with a nylon-stringed guitar as the strings are softer and easier to press, but this is simply not true – when buying a first guitar, simply ask for one that is set up for beginners with “low action” (that is, the strings are closer to the fretboard and require less pressure to hold a chord) and low-tension strings.
The truth is that each type of guitar comes in all shapes and sizes, and each comes with its own unique challenges, and if the type of guitar is not the type that the learner has their heart set on mastering, it is counterproductive to be spending their time learning, for example, to be strumming power chords on a classical guitar trying to sound like heavy metal rock stars, or to be using a steel string guitar as a stepping stone towards Spanish Flamenco. Of course this kind of genre-crossing can be done later on once the nuances of different guitar types have been mastered, but the best way to sound like the musicians who influenced you to begin playing is to use the same type of guitar.
If you are unsure as to what type of guitar you want to learn, watch some videos on Youtube of your favourite music, and look closely at the types of guitars being played, and pay close attention to the tones they produce. Steel-stringed guitars have a bit more of a brighter “attack” sound which makes them conducive for strumming, whereas a nylon-stringed guitar will have a warmer and more round tone – some might consider it to be “sweeter” sounding. That’s why a lot of classical guitar players who fingerpick use nylon-stringed guitars. It’s not to say you can’t fingerpick using a steel-stringed guitar (in fact a lot of people do!) but the sound is going to be different. Some music styles prefer the steel-stringed sound.
Generally, you’ll find that most fingerstyle, classical, or flamenco guitarists prefer a nylon string guitar, whereas, most guitarists within popular music styles (e.g. pop, rock, blues, alternative, etc.) will play a steel stringed guitar. So one is not necessarily better than the other. It just depends on the type of music your playing.