Easy songs to teach my students! - Jemsite
Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! Covers everything from discussing musicians, bands, music, albums, videos, local jams & sharing multimedia links (no illegal file sharing please).

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-02-2003, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 344
Easy songs to teach my students!

Hey guys!
Sometimes i have trouble thinking of easy songs to work on with my students. Most of my students are also JUST starting to play, so there's not a whole lot they can do yet { bless their hearts :P }. I really need some good ideas for songs i can work on with them, with ease and popularity being the biggest factors. Or i guess you could just tell what the first songs you learned were, and that would be a big help.
Please help!
Ben
Jupiter is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-02-2003, 11:57 AM
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 18
Finding songs for your students is just a matter of their age and interests. With younger kids, there are so many 3-4 note songs that they will be content with playing all the time. Something that you could do with older students is to have the "riff of the week". After working on the lesson plan, give them a simple rock riff to work on along with their normal material for the week. They don't have to worry about learning a complete song but they can learn a popular riff or intro that will keep them from getting bored. There are so many 2-4 measure riffs out there that a beginner can practice farily easily and then they can impress their friends by playing Iron Man.
DKnight is offline  
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-02-2003, 12:12 PM
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: London, England
Posts: 796
teach them power chords and they will be set, then throw them smoke on the water!!!
That should occupy them for an eternity.

The first song I learned was 20th century boy by T.Rex.

Get them strumming pieces, so they get used to strumming, and strumming while not hitting the strings to get an idea of rhythm.
And maybe some finger picking stuff, I remember spending quite a while learning radioheads street spirit.

As they are just starting, try to get some things early about technique, like keeping fingers as close the fret board, using little fingerS (yes both).
Artist is offline  
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-06-2003, 07:37 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 34
The first thing I ever learnt was the D and G arpeggios in Everybody Hurts by REM.

Other stuff that should be good...

Smells Like Teen Spirit
Star Spangled Banner
Highway To Hell
Smoke On The Water as said
Pretty Fly For A White Guy
Plug In Baby

And maybe for the ones who are more comfortable with their axe, some more AC/DC rhythems are always great. People my age (16 and around that) tend to be interested in a lot of rock and heavy metal from the 70s and 80s aswell as the new stuff. You'd be suprised how knowledgable some of us are and how spread out our musical tastes can be.
baileyk85 is offline  
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-06-2003, 07:41 PM
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Oxford, UK
Posts: 1,514
'wish you were here' - i think it has a good 'first' guitar solo to learn too.

i cant remember the first thing i ever learnt on guitar this is going to bug me for ages lol
Devo is offline  
post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-06-2003, 08:28 PM
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: London, England
Posts: 796
Quote:
Originally Posted by baileyk85
And maybe for the ones who are more comfortable with their axe, some more AC/DC rhythems are always great. People my age (16 and around that) tend to be interested in a lot of rock and heavy metal from the 70s and 80s aswell as the new stuff. You'd be suprised how knowledgable some of us are and how spread out our musical tastes can be.
And with this revival of 70s/80s metal that I feel churning, there will be a growing interest. The amount of publicity that Metallica have gained with Shat Anger will get them interested in playing "difficult" guitar, and into metal. And that bands like Iron maiden are being played on Kerrang.
Not to mention the darkness wearing spandex and claiming to be bringing back stadium rock.
Artist is offline  
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-07-2003, 02:45 AM
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 636
the whole world in his hands - a7 & d
then theres blink 182 - all power chords, never tried to play though, never felt the need.
Dylan7620 is offline  
post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-14-2007, 01:48 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 96
Talking Re: Easy songs to teach my students!

Speed Kills by Batio
Fang is offline  
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-14-2007, 04:27 AM
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: indiana
Posts: 913
Re: Easy songs to teach my students!

Anything by ACDC.
Clonetool is offline  
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-14-2007, 04:42 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Western Sydney, Australia
Posts: 402
Reviews: 6
Re: Easy songs to teach my students!

Just ASK them what song they want to learn and then listen to it get the tab or whatever you can for it, learn it yourself (Unless you already know it)then teach the student, if you think its too difficult for their level then ask them what other songs they might want to learn that may be more suitable for their level. Anything with LOTS of powerchords is normally a good start but make sure the song has some single notes in it and something that may need a bit of practice. Anyway i learnt Blink 182's ALL THE SMALL THINGS first, its mostly powerchords and a theres a part that took me a while to get the hang of.
Mike239 is offline  
post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-14-2007, 04:50 AM
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Australia-Brunei
Posts: 166
Reviews: 26
Re: Easy songs to teach my students!

hmm i do some teaching too.. bt not formal .. and my students are my younger cousins.. about 3-5 of them wanting to play music.. so the first ever successful song that i taught them is "Knocking on Heavens Door" by GNR.. yeah this song is quite easy for them.. actually it depends on their interesrt and will to complete a song..
mar01 is offline  
post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-14-2007, 07:57 AM
 
jb4674's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Fairfax, VA - USA
Posts: 4,613
Reviews: 18
Re: Easy songs to teach my students!

Whatever you do, please don't teach them to play power chords yet. That's the lazy man's way to play guitar. They will learn to play power chords on their own. The earlier they learn how to play simple progressions with 3 or 4 chords, the better they will appreciate how to play the instrument. If you do decide to show them power chords, make them play the whole chord instead of the power chord for now.

Some simple songs you can teach them could be:

I can't tell you why
Lying Eyes
Ventura Highway
Horse with no name

The best approach would be to teach them the main chords for the song and then have them strum the song while you play the main parts. Then, have each one of them play a little lick in the middle of the song. It may take a little time but, once they get the hang of it, they will become more and more creative and their desire to play better will increase.

I hope this helps

Jimmy
jb4674 is offline  
post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-14-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 6
Re: Easy songs to teach my students!

Wow guys, you all forgot the ULTIMATE first song: Smoke on the Water! Not sure what it teaches but it's fun to play.
anakid is offline  
post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-14-2007, 06:54 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 817
Re: Easy songs to teach my students!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fang View Post
Speed Kills by Batio
HAHAHA
ZOMB13 is offline  
post #15 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-14-2007, 07:10 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1,731
Re: Easy songs to teach my students!

Maybe you can start by teaching them some easy songs....

How about

"I hate myself for loving you" - Joan Jett,
"I love Rock & Roll" - Joan Jett
"Sweet child of mine" - GNR

to name a few.

They have very catchy tunes, the lead are simple and very addictive.

Last edited by TongueShredder; 03-14-2007 at 07:24 PM.
TongueShredder is offline  
Reply

Tags
dave mustaine , fret board , guitar players , heavy metal , iron maiden , playing guitar

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).



Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Song to teach my GF on bass . . . ColinMmmmm Off-topic / Miscellaneous 15 04-07-2014 02:22 AM
101 Easy guitar songs!!! UV-7-BK Off-topic / Miscellaneous 6 10-26-2009 12:39 AM
A tip i want to share to college bound students j.arledge Off-topic / Miscellaneous 11 09-26-2005 03:56 AM
what to teach an eight year old? carlos grijalva Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! 20 08-07-2005 01:35 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome