Arthur Golden - Teaching Outline and Practice Habits

Problem Solving:
1. Observe - Define the problem
2. Analyze - Implement a solution
3. Correct - Repetition

When beginning the study of a piece or an exercise, consider the following details before attempting to play:
1. Count aloud or tap out fluently the rhythm in a slow tempo.
2. Be aware of the purpose of an exercise.
3. Analyze the material for musical content: (Example) melody, scales, chords, sharps and flats.
4. You need a general fingering plan for both hands:(Example) Left hand guide and pivot fingers. Alternation of right hand fingers

Practice Tips:
1. Are you sitting correctly?
2. Are your hands positioned correctly?
3. Is your guitar tuned?
4. Are you playing notes and rhythmic values correctly?
5. Are you playing legato?
6. Never practice more rapidly than the tempo at which you can proceed without hesitation or error.
7. Metronome use: Work the tempo up slowly and accurately.
8. Make problem passages a daily exercise.
9. Study notes leading into and out of a difficult passage.

Sight Reading:
1. Quantity
2. Keep eyes on music
3. Continually look ahead
4. Play ensembles (duets/trios)