Adaptive Guitar 101 General Information

Adaptive Guitar 101 is a type of formal instruction in playing a guitar that utilizes adaptations in instructional method, instruments, and assistive devices for all abilities.

Adaptive Guitar 101 lessons are both educational, and recreational. Children and adults learn basic to intermediate techniques.

Ear training is our method of instruction. This method focuses on getting students playing familiar songs first, with theory, and technique to follow. Many performers have learned music "by ear," especially in folk music and rock music.

Our music teachers assign technical exercises, musical pieces, and other activities to help the students improve their musical skills. Care and emphasis is on connecting the student with music that they like, so students learn to play music they like.

Genre, or the style of music that interests a student, is a part of the education. Most music lessons include some instruction in the history of the type of music that the student is learning. By connecting the student's tastes in music to its genre and history a better understanding of their musical preferences develops. This allows the student to personalize their experience, and connect to the fun of playing guitar.

Adaptive devices and techniques can be applied to help students with different abilities hold and use the instrument comfortably. Teachers show students how to sit or stand with the instrument, how to hold the instrument, and how to manipulate their fingers and other body parts to produce tones and sounds from the instrument.

Online instruction is provided through videos on Facebook, You Tube, and the like, to supplement classroom instruction and help with practicing at home.

What about learning music theory? To fully understand music being played, the student will learn the basics of the underlying music theory.

Students learn rhythmic techniques—like controlling tempo, recognizing time signatures, and the theory of harmony, including chords and key signatures.

Where is the line between noise and music? In addition to basic theory, our teachers stress musicality, or how to make the music sound good. This includes how to create good, pleasing tone, how to do musical phrasing, and how to use dynamics (loudness and softness) to make the piece or song more expressive. When learning a new instrument, that line between noise and music may be at its thinest. Over time, students learn techniques which add to the musicality of one’s playing.

Performance is not just encouraged, it is expected. While some schools require recitals, we put on shows. Thanks to the support of local music venues, we continue to perform to standing room only crowds.

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