1.   Do I need to learn to read music to teach guitar?

You do not need to learn to read music with the TYKG method!
Our Song Packs are formatted using a popular guitar notation system known as Guitar Tablature (or TAB).

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Guitar tablature will enable you to learn guitar without the often difficult challenge of learning to read traditional music notation.  Learning to read music is actually the hardest part of learning guitar and is by far the number one reason why people quit.
However, thanks to guitar tablature, this no longer has to be the case.  Anyone can learn to read guitar tablature, and you’ll find it everywhere.  It has become the standard for guitar music found in books, magazines, and websites all over the world.

2.   At what age can my child begin to learn guitar with your method?

Our method provides a flexible learning approach that can work well for kids of all ages.  In general, the minimum age for learning guitar is around 6 years old.  It’s usually around this time that a child’s hands become large enough to handle the guitar and play notes.   However, a patient parent and a motivated child may be able to begin at a slightly earlier age.

Regardless of age, it’s important that a young child use an appropriate-size guitar.  Please visit our Guitar Guides for additional information and suggestions.

3.   I’ve never played guitar in my life.  Can I really teach it?  

Yes!  The TYKG Method has been developed for anyone with the desire to teach guitar.  It actually is an entirely new approach to learning guitar.  Whether you are a seasoned guitar player or completely new to the instrument, our step-by step approach will enable you to teach your child.
If you are completely new to guitar, you can either learn guitar along with your child, or if you prefer, you can just guide him or her through the process.  Our Song Packs, detailed instructional materials, and video tutorials will include everything you need to be successful.

4.   How do I get started?

You can start by downloading the TYKG Starter Pack.  The Starter Pack is totally free and will work for almost anyone — even those with no prior musical background.  It will fully prepare you and your student to begin using Song Packs to learn guitar with our method.

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5.   How do I open Song Pack files and instructional documents?

A compatible reader is required to open PDF format files. We recommend either Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Foxit Reader. This software is available for free from the following web sites:

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC:  https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Foxit Reader: https://www.foxitsoftware.com/products/pdf-reader/

NOTE: The recent release of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC does not include the Flash Player that was previously included in Adobe Reader. As a result, you need the additional free Flash Player utility software (discussed below).

6.   Why do I get the error message “Please install the required version of Flash Player” when I try to play one of the guide tracks or audio samples that are embedded in TYKG documents?

The recent release of Acrobat DC Reader no longer includes the Flash Player utility software necessary to play the embedded audio files. As a result, computers that do not have a previously installed Flash Player are not able to play Flash Files. We have identified the following 2 potential solutions:

  1.  Install the free Foxit Reader utility to view PDF files. Foxit Reader is available at:  https://www.foxitsoftware.com/products/pdf-reader/
  2. Install the free Adobe Flash Player utility software. The below link connects to an Adobe web page that contains the necessary information to download the required Flash Player files. https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/flash-player-needed-acrobat-reader.html

7.   Should I purchase a Song Pack if my child is not familiar with the song?
Absolutely.  While it’s a good idea to start with familiar songs, every song we provide is a great vehicle for learning guitar.  These are timeless classics, and if your child is unfamiliar with certain songs, the best way to get acquainted is to purchase Song Packs.  Why?  Because in addition to the play-along tracks, each Song Pack also an includes a Listening Track, featuring a singer.  Listening Tracks can be used for becoming familiar with new songs, and you can even sing along.  They help you to educate your child, not only in terms of guitar but also in terms of music!

8.   What kind of guitar should I get for my child?

It’s important that you choose the right guitar for your guitar learner.  There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a guitar, but for a young student, the most critical are size and playability.  If the guitar is easy to hold and easy to play, it will be much easier for your child to have a happy learning experience.
We are constantly searching for the latest in guitars and guitar equipment and are pleased to pass along our findings. We hope to share with you what, in our opinion, is the best “bang for your buck” gear on the market. Visit our Equipment Guides for suggestions on guitars and related accessories.

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9.   Do I need two guitars – one for me and one for my child? 

With the TYKG method, only one guitar is required.  Our method can be taught by parents who have not played guitar before, and if you fall into this category, you won’t have to purchase a second guitar.  Your child’s guitar can be used by both of you as you provide instruction.  Even small-sized guitars can easily be played by adults; in fact, they are quite popular and are often valued as “travel” guitars.  Actually, with our learning method, very little playing is required of the teacher at all.

10.  My child already has guitar experience.  Can he/she benefit from TYKG?

Absolutely!  When it comes to guitar, there is always more to learn.  For example, many current guitar students have learned songs, but lack proper rhythm skills to play music with perfect timing.  With TYKG, students have the opportunity to improve rhythm skills in the best way possible – practicing along with our play-along Guide Tracks.

Another skill that a child who plays guitar may want to learn is singing.  We’ve created effective tools you can use to teach your child how to sing, even if you, yourself,  are not a singer.  Students will start by learning how to sing notes accurately and will eventually combine singing with playing chords in order to deliver complete musical performances.

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