It’s easy and fun to learn with Gary the Guitar!
Gary explains how, the videos show how, and the screens have the songs. Learn how to tune your guitar, strum chords, play tunes, and more. Learn many fun songs that you and your friends can sing along with! (Ages 6 and up.)
Research has proven that children who play an instrument do better in school, make friends more easily, are more creative, learn self-discipline and gain self-confidence. In eMedia My Guitar, an animated character named Gary the Guitar leads kids through lessons by Kevin Garry, Ph.D. My Guitar covers the basics, such as tuning your guitar and learning chords, and moves on to reading music, playing songs, and much more. An animated fretboard shows you where to put your fingers as the live recorded audio plays. With MIDI tracks, the speed of the music can be adjusted so you can learn at your own pace. Special features such as an automatic tuner, metronome, chord dictionary, and digital recorder are all included. My Guitar is the perfect way to introduce children to playing guitar!
The Fun Way to Learn!
Now it’s easy for kids ages 6 and up to learn how to play acoustic guitar! An animated character named Gary the Guitar guides kids through lessons by professional instructor Kevin Garry, Ph.D. (University of Boulder-Colorado), who has over 25 years of teaching experience. Games make learning fun, and kids will learn lots of songs that they can share with their friends!
The animated fretboard shows the correct fingerings as the music plays. Double-clicking on any chord or note will also show kids where to put their fingers. Choose from right-handed, left-handed, and mirror views!
The lessons are easy to follow with the large-format videos, featuring split-screens and close-ups that guide kids through songs and playing techniques.
Games help children learn chords and songs by reviewing what they learned in the lessons. By interacting with the playful characters and scenes, kids will have fun while learning music!
Using either the computer’s built-in microphone or an external one, your child can get tuned up quickly and easily with the built-in interactive tuner. They can just line up the arrow with the right string and be in tune!
The chord dictionary is an extremely helpful tool, displaying over 250 chord charts! Simply click on a chord and your child will hear what it sounds like and see the right fingerings.
Kids can set their own tempo and get audio and/or visual cues for staying on beat so they can play in time with the music.
The digital recorder allows kids to play into the computer’s built-in microphone (or an external one), record their performance, and save it to the computer. This handy tool lets them listen to what they played and share it with their family and friends.
I. Introduction, About the Guitar, Preparing to Play
Welcome; introduction to guitars; guitar sizes; guitar strings; tuning the guitar; holding the guitar; right and left hand and finger positions; string, fret, and finger numbering; reading chord charts; Animated Fretboard
II. First Chords and Songs, Simple Strumming
Introducing the G Chord; Brother John; the C and G7 chords; Skip to My Lou; The Three Musketeers Game; chords for the Mystery Tune; the D and A7 chords; Down in the Valley; The Clouds in the Wind Game; chords for Mystery Tune 2; Red River Valley; Silent Night; The Sunny Morning Game; chords for Mystery Tune 3
III. Double Strum, Adding Accents, New Chords, 3/4 Time
The double strum, Marianne; Jingle Bells; The Summer Shower Game; chords for Mystery Tune 4; adding accents; Go Tell Aunt Rhody; Careless Love; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; The Mountain Climber Game; chords for Mystery Tune 5; shifting the accents; She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain; Oh, Susanna; introducing 3/4 accented time; Amazing Grace; My Darling Clementine; Scarborough Fair; The Victory Tune Game; chords for Mystery Tune 6
IV. Playing Melodies, Tablature, and Notation
Introduction to Tablature; playing melodies with a pick; playing melodies with the fingers; plucking exercises; playing melodies with the left hand; left hand exercises; basic rhythm notation; Alouette; Ode to Joy; Au Clair de la Lune; Aura Lee; Yankee Doodle
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