Q. I already have students studying NCEA Music. Is it too late to start them on the book (Beginning the Journey)?
A. No. I've had many students begin either Itinerant or Private lessons after starting NCEA.
Of course it would be easier for them if they already knew this material. However, many
decide to take a music class without enough prior experience, and most are willing to put
in the work required. Go hard.
Q. How long does it take to guide a student through the book.
A. My average student takes 1 school year to work through each book.
Groups take longer. Students with prior skills may only take 6 months.
Q. What do you mean by CAGED?
(Answer is dealing with particular lessons from Beginning the Journey).
A. CAGED is a system which acknowledges the chord shapes of C, A, G, E, and D as being
the true open position chords (The Five Major Chord Shapes). e.g. F at the first fret is not a
shape of its own, its the E shape moved up one fret. If you lay those 5 shapes on the neck
in the order of C,A,G,E,D, and overlap them up the fretboard, they can create 1 chord only,
e.g. C Major. The lesson C Major in the Five Chord Shapes shows how these 5 shapes
overlap each other.
Also consider the Two Major Scale Shapes. What we are really seeing here is one scale
shape that sits over the C Major chord shape, and a different scale shape that sits over the
E Major chord shape. This is still dealing with CAGED, but is not explored in full until the
follow-up book, Exploring New Worlds. For now we just need to recognise that there is a
chord shape within the scale shape. Although there are 4 diagrams on this page, there are
only two shapes, albiet diagram one covers one octave and diagram two explores outside
Q. One question I do have is about the guitar tuning page when you have corresponding
notes on the piano "which are the same pitch". These are all one octave too high. I have
seen this before in guitar books. Is this a guitar thing?
A. Yes, it is a guitar thing. It is because when we read notation music for guitar, the note we
read as middle C is an octave lower than middle C on the piano. We've transposed it for
guitar. It's a bit of a mind set, and really should be acknowledged, as you say, as "sounding
one octave higher" on piano.
The other alternative of drawing our diagrams showing open strings below middle C on the
piano, (where they really belong) could lead to as much confusion when we realise the notes
don't line up with what we read in notation. In my guitar book, I shall remedy that in the next
edition, and will no doubt go for the former solution. Many thanks for your comment.
Q. I can already play a lot of songs, but I don't really know what I am doing. Will this book help me?
A. Yes. Many guitarists (more than any other instrument) are able to teach themselves to play
(guitar) without having a clue what is going on. This looks cool to amatuers, but is very limiting.
It's never too late to learn, and when you understand what is going on on the fretboard, you will
find it very liberating and far more creative. The Co-Creative Guitar Method sets out to show
you the relationships, so you can understand your guitar and get more out of it.
Q. I can already play some guitar, do I really need a Tutor to use the book?
Just remember, it's about creative interpretation and exploring the concepts to their full.
Find (and write) songs that use the particular chord shape, or concept covered in a lesson.
Also, each book has teacing/learning tips to help you come up with ideas.
That leads me to the next question:
Q. Would it be easier if I had a Tutor?
A. Absolutely. If you have never played guitar before, a Tutor will be of immense service to you no matter what
method you are learning by. Even professionals have tutors, believe it!
Q. What do you mean by Co-Creative?
A. I am infering that it takes two. You and your Tutor to be precise. I could also say you and
the book. But a Tutor knows how to apply the information effectively, which will make the
road easier and more fun for you to travel.
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