TYKG Learning Path
TYKG has been designed to provide a well-defined skill development progression. Each song in our program provides ten unique learning activities across three distinct skill levels:
Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
Students can take as much time as needed at each skill level, continuously learning new songs until ready to move on to the next level.
Beginner Level: Learning the Fundamentals
At the Beginner Level, your student will learn guitar fundamentals that will last a lifetime. These fundamentals will be developed by practicing scales, melodies, and chords with a variety of songs. The goal at the Beginner Level is not to “master” each song, but rather to use each song as a vehicle to gradually develop guitar skills. With this approach, learning (and teaching) guitar can be stress free and FUN!
Intermediate Level: Playing with Guide Tracks
Once comfortable with the fundamentals, your student will move on to the Intermediate Level where he or she will begin practicing with Guide Tracks – professionally recorded “play-a-long” tracks that are an important component of each Song Pack. Guide Tracks act almost like a set of “training wheels” on a bicycle, providing support as your child practices songs and tries to match specific guitar parts. Here’s where your child will learn to feel rhythm and improve timing.
Advanced Level: Developing Performance Skills
After feeling comfortable and confident with Intermediate Level activities, your student will “take off the training wheels” and use the next level of Guide Tracks at the Advanced Level. Now your student will begin playing chords and melodies independently, along with background accompaniment. This simulates what it would feel like to play with live musicians, ultimately taking your student to the performance level.
Singing Activities (Optional)
The guitar is widely viewed as one of the best instruments to accompany a singing voice, and for many musicians, guitar and singing go hand-in-hand. The guitar is also one of the best tools for learning how to sing. That’s why we’ve included singing activities that complement learning the guitar.
Each Song Pack provides effective activities learning how to sing – even if the parent is not an accomplished singer! Eventually, students will be able to combine singing with playing guitar in order to deliver complete musical performances.
Singing activities are optional, and it’s okay if these activities are not a student’s priority. However, for many students, singing can be a big part – and one of the best parts – of learning guitar!