To improvise over major chords, a very popular scale of choice is the major pentatonic. Read More.
Classroom Guitar: Warm-up Exercises for Every Level
Warm-up exercises should be on the agenda for the beginning of every class. In this post classroom guitar expert Mike Christiansen give you numerious options to expand your library of warm-ups…Read More.
Classroom Guitar: Can Always Play Open – Using a Capo
CAPO is not an acronym for “can always play open.” But, a capo can make it possible to transpose (to change the key) of music that contains open chords, without making the fingering of the chords more difficult…Read More.
How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students, Part 4 – How to Write A Melody
There are probably dozens of approaches and techniques for writing a melody. The technique I would like to focus on works well with young students and offers a step-by-step approach to early endeavors in composition. Read More.
How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students, Part 3 – Composition Form
In this installment of How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students, classroom guitar expert, Mike Christiansen, discusses composition form, the form of the song you are writing. Writing a song is like writing a story. Like writing words, the melody and the chords have to work together to make sense and have direction…Read More.
How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students, Part 2 – Chord Progressions
In the first blog on composition, Classroom Guitar expert Mike Christiansen talked about finding the chords in major and minor keys by using the chord clock found in the Consonus Guitar Fundamentals: Beginning Guitar Complete book. In this post Mike talks about chord progressions…Read More…
How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students, Part 1
How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students Some of you may have been to one of my sessions at an MEA conference where I discussed methods of teaching music composition in guitar classes. In this series of blogs on composition I’m going to go into more detail on how to sequentially present composition skills to Read the Rest…
Beginning Guitar: Getting Rid of the Buzz
Classroom Guitar expert Mike Christiansen gives tips for beginning guitar students to get rid of string buzz. String buzz comes from a number of common…Read More…
Teaching Beginning Composition
Classroom Guitar pedagogy expert Mike Christiansen gives tips for teaching beginning composition with guitar and ukulele. Read More…
Basic Ukulele – Announcing the Release of a New Consonus Ukulele Method
Basic Ukulele is a new Ukulele Method authored by Consonus Music Institute Director of Curriculum Mike Christiansen. This method is particularly appropriate for Classroom Ukulele teachers and students. Read More…