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If 6 Was 1: Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching Single-String Guitar Playing
Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Department of Music Education.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this research was to focus on how guitar teachers and pedagogues in the pop, rock and jazz genres use single-string methods of teaching and playing with students at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The goal was to provide experienced and upcoming guitar teachers with ways and methodologies to focus on single-string playing and teaching, which can lead to guitar students getting a full introduction to the guitar’s potential as a musical instrument.Through interviews conducted with five guitar teachers who have students from beginner to advanced levels of playing, I compared and contrasted the respondents’ teaching backgrounds, personal introductions to single-string playing, single-string method usages, perceptions of student responses, views on single-string playing and guitar method books, and perceived benefits of single-string playing for their students. From the study results, I concluded that a single-string teaching method is a feasible method to teach students from beginners to advanced levels such topics as improvisation, note location, ear training, sightreading, music theory, chord arpeggios, articulations, scales, string bending, hand movement, finger independence and hand positions. It is the teacher’s responsibility to adapt their materials and exercises based on where the students are in their learning.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien var att fokusera på hur gitarrlärare och gitarrpedagoger i pop, rock och jazz genrer använder single-string i sitt spelande och som undervisningsmetod med gitarrelever på nybörjar, mellan och avancerade nivåer. Målet var att ge erfarna samt blivande gitarrlärare tillvägagångsätt och metoder i hur de kan fokusera på single-string spelande och undervisning, vilket kan ge gitarrelever en fullständig introduktion till gitarrens potential som ett musik instrument.Genom intervjuer med fem gitarrlärare som har elever från nybörjare till avancerade nivåer jämförde och kontrasterade jag respondenternas bakgrunder som lärare, personliga introduktioner till single-string spelande, sätten på vilken de använder single-string metoder, och synpunkter på single-string spelande och metodböcker samt deras uppfattningar om fördelarna som elever får av single-string spelande. Resultatet av forskningen visade att single-string metod är rimlig att använda i undervisning av elever från nybörjare till avancerade nivåer inom ämnen som improvisation, notinlärning, gehör, notläsning, musikteori, ackord arpeggio, skalor, strängböjning, handrörelser, fingersjälvständighet och handställningar. Det är lärarens ansvar att anpassa sina läromaterial och övningar till elevernas inlärningsnivåer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
guitar, teacher, students, single-string, teaching, method
Keyword [sv]
gitarr, lärare, elever, enskild string, undervisning, metod
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Music Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kmh:diva-2014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kmh-2014DiVA: diva2:906172
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Available from: 2016-02-25 Created: 2016-02-22 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved

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