About me: I'm an intermediate guitar player whose preferred style is extreme metal. I've never given lessons before. I only read tabs but I have a basic understanding of music theory.
About the student: She's 10 years old. I got her a guitar and told her I would teach her to play, so it's a journey for both of us! She mostly listens to pop/country and some classic rock.
What we've done so far: We about 6 lessons in. I've taught some basics as far as what notes, octaves, chords, etc are. We've mostly worked on four chords (Em, C, D, G) and a short melodic bit (The first part of this).
The problem: She's able to play the chords if I walk through the finger positions with her, but the notes don't ring nicely. She can play the melodic bit, but slowly and not in time. I've stressed to her the importance of practice, and she does practice but she doesn't have much time. Our practices have become me going over the same things with her for the last few weeks, with tiny steps of improvement. It's hard for her to press notes (Understandably, so I keep stressing how much easier it gets once she build calluses)
The question: Is there anything I could be doing better to instruct her? How can I keep her excited to learn? Will she just be stunted if she doesn't have time to practice? (Bonus question: What should I teach next?)
I've basically instructed her in the ways that I learned to play. For example, once I learned the first part of the song I linked, I sat and played it for hours while watching TV, talking to people, etc. I've instructed her to try doing the same thing. I had a hard time getting technical ability down when I started, so I wonder if this was a good approach?