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I think that starting with C and G chords is a throwback from other instruments, particularly the piano, so things could be learnt easily on the 'white keys'. There are none on a guitar, and initially sharps and flats don't need mentioning. Changing from C to G (and vice versa) involve a big change or finger/hand/arm movement with open chords. Not easy or ...


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I don't think this has anything to do with his age. Everyone except savants start out taking a long time to recognize notes on the staff, in the same way that toddlers might take a long time to recognize letters in a book. The only answer is to have him practice. Simple practice is best to start. Something like flashcards is ideal, and what my teacher ...


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I recommend you to learn synthesis through a graphical patch-based synthesis environment. This makes very explicit and clear how everything works and is connected (literally). The most popular are Reaktor, Max, and Pure Data. Pure Data is free, so grab it and see if you are into it. While learning it you'll be learning synthesis at a very deep level. It's a ...


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It's really cool that you're interested in the Oud. You should check out Mike's Oud forum. Very interesting stuff out there. Also check out www.mauriceoudshop.com. This is the safest place to get an Oud from online in the United States. The Oud is not necessarily more difficult than learning Banjo or Guitar, it's just a different approach. It's more ...


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Instead of C/G/D I'd probably start them with Am7, Em, Em7 and CMaj7. They offer interesting sounding chords, are absolutely simple to play and in the case of Am7 and CMaj7, you can transition directly to C and show them the relationship and why one finger makes all the difference. Once they get C, transition to G and so on. If it were me, I'd also start ...


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You around Boston, by any chance? http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Music-Players/events/201134252/ Which instructs students: "To purchase Oud: Unique Strings 165 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478‎". It also refers to several online sources including Mid-East.com, which maybe is a vote of confidence in them? Also, it refers to a Center for Arabic Culture; that ...


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When teaching students traditional guitar chords I would start with Em to Am. Students have issues starting on the C chord because of the stretch with the third finger on fifth string. Using Em with second and third fingers to Am, using same fingers and adding the first on the second string first fret, I see more success introducing chords. Use C Major ...


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Learning the notes on any staff is a lot of memorization at first. There are a lot of little tricks to remember what each line and space is on the staff, but it can be a lot to learn at once. I've taught a few younger kids how to read the treble and bass clef (not any teenagers though) and while FACE and Every Good Boy Does Fine helps some it confuses ...


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It should not be a issue of age. I myself have taught 8 year olds how to read music. Get yourself a good theory book and start counting notes. You learn this by doing. Write the numbers A B C D E F G out. Mention it to your student that when you go up on the staff you count forwards and when you go down you count backwards. It is tricky at first because ...


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It would be prudent, even if not legally required in your particular country, to obtain permission from both. I have no specific experience of your precise requirement, but in the past have obtained clearance from an original artist to use samples from their material - even though I actually re-recorded the song segments as sound-alikes, rather than use ...


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Check out Scott's Bass Lessons https://www.scottsbasslessons.com/. He creates educational videos for all abilities. Most of his videos are free but he also has a paid for area with access to more resources.



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