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 Post subject: Teaching tips
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:33 pm 
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Hi all.
Im about to dip my toes into teaching ukulele in the Longford area. I gave a few guitar lessons many moons ago and so have a rough idea of how to start and progress BUT tips from those giving lessons would be welcome.
I suppose good two chord songs would be good. I dont think Clementine or Jambalaya will sit well with Hanna Montana loving 9 year old girls clutching pink Mohalo ukes!
All advice welcom
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Sean


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 Post subject: Re: Teaching tips
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:13 pm 
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The standard rules I would go by is to go through everything slowly enough and encourage your "students" to ask questions.

It's hard to know exactly what songs to start teaching. Usually, with older "students", the idea is to start them on songs they wouldn't be greatly enthusiastic about at the start and then motivate them with songs they'd like to learn down the line. You could always google things like "easy to play Miley Cyrus" songs and familiarise yourself with the song. However, after a search like that I'd definitely clear my browser history!

I'm sure you'll be grand however you do it!

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 Post subject: Re: Teaching tips
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:59 pm 
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There are several two-chord songs; Muirsheen Durkin is one, and so is Hear the Wind Blow. Banana Boat Song is another, and then there's Tom Dooley. Yeah, showing my age.

There are lists on the web, for instance at http://www.doctoruke.com/twoandthreechordsongs.pdf

Row Row Row your Boat is all on one chord, though if you're doing it as a song rather than a round then a second chord sounds better on 'Life is but a'. So you can teach it in different keys, using C / G7, F / C7, A/ E7 for a start.

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 Post subject: Re: Teaching tips
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:31 pm 
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Hey guys,

A very useful Two Chord song book to download:
http://www.box.net/shared/qb46mv1nrf.


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