4 Step Lesson
To encourage children to play & read music
Poor fine motor skills and difficulty in processing pitch and rhythm
Young beginners learn naturally through imitation
Allows children to learn to read music as they play
Learning to play guitar with Copy, Play and Learn is awesome.
Copy, Play & Learn – a teaching tutor for Guitar capitalises on the approach of learning through imitation in fun way. The book is written in sequential manner and the groovy titles such as “My Sister Eats Worms” will engage the interest of young musicians. Each piece is based around repetition of a one or two bar phrase. Students hear the teacher play the phrase accurately with a backing accompaniment and then the student plays the same phrase respectively thus developing skills in timing and accuracy. More importantly, students also have time to rest and place the fingers for the next phrase while hearing it played. I’m sure that young guitarists will develop confidence as they progress through the book.
What I like about this book is there is plenty of repetition that young people need to help the notes “sink in” in relation to their staff position/fingerboard position/duration, and to develop fine motor skills. Many of the books currently available move too quickly onto difficult material before consolidating prior work. Listening to the teacher playing develops aural skills. The “rest bars” when the teacher is playing allow the students’ hands to relax briefly to avoid strain. The questions provided in the book are useful to make sure young players understand what they are doing. Young children enjoy music games and they like to answer the questions and perform the tasks provided on the flash cards.
I like the songs because they are funny.
I like the pictures. I like learning the notes. I like the song, “I love Football”. I like the sound of the guitar. I like clapping to the notes.