One 60-minute lesson or two 30-minute lessons
This is a sample lesson plan showing how an instructor would use Fender Play in a one-on-one, face-to-face lesson for electric guitar. This lesson covers the content in Fender Play’s Guitar 101 course.
Before starting lessons with a new student, a best practice is to ask the student what their goals are. By doing this, you can determine what their gaps in knowledge are, what type of student they are, but also how Fender Play can be useful as a support tool with the student.
Fender Play Videos that support this lesson
- Get Set Up
- Get to Know Your Guitar
- Sound Advice 101
- Get Plugged In
- Tune Up!
- Exercise: Pick a String
- Electric Guitar
- Tuner or Fender Tune app (found in the Apple App store or the Google Play store)
- Mobile Device or Laptop to access Fender Play
- Learn the parts of the guitar
- Tune the guitar
- Obtain clean and distorted tones
- Know the note names of the strings
- Build picking-hand awareness of the locations of the strings
Parts of the Guitar
Time: 5-15 minutes
Tell your new student to watch the “Get Set Up” and “Get to Know Your Guitar” lesson videos on Fender Play, then do the following two activities.
Activity 1: Point and Say
Point at the different parts of the guitar and ask your student to identify each part by name.
Call out parts of the guitar: Headstock, Tuning Pegs, Nut, Neck, Fret, Fretboard, Fret Marker, Bridge, Strap Buttons, Volume Control, Tone Control, Pickup Selector, Neck Pickup, Bridge Pickup, Output Jack.
Have your student point to where the part is on their guitar. Together, discuss what each part does.
Time: 15 minutes
Watch the “Tune Up!” lesson together.
Activity 1: Use a Tuner
Show your student how to use an electronic tuner or the Tune app to tune their guitar.
Activity 2: Mix It Up
Randomly turn your student’s tuning pegs, then have them try to get back in tune.
Time: 15 minutes
Watch the “Sound Advice 101” and “Get Plugged In” lessons together.
Activity 1: Clean – From Bright to Mellow
Show students how to use the controls on their guitar and amp to create clean sounds: first bright and twangy, then warm and mellow.
Activity 2: Distorted – From Blues to Rock
Show students how to use the controls on their guitar and amp to create distorted tones: first a slightly distorted blues tone, then a heavily distorted rock tone.
Pick a String
Time: 15 minutes
Watch the “Exercise: Pick a String” lesson together.
Activity 1: Know the Numbers
Starting with the high E string, play each string four times together with your student and say string number together each time you strike a string. Example: for the high E string, say “One, one, one, one” as you play the string four times. Repeat for B (“two”), G (“three”), D (“four”), A (“five”), and low E (“six”). Then repeat the exercise, starting with the low E (“six”) and going up to the high E (“one”). You may also need to teach your student how to properly hold a pick.
Activity 2: Know the Notes
Same as Activity 1, but this time say the note name of each string as they pick it four times. “E, E, E, E, B, B, B, B, G, G, G, G,” etc.
After the Lesson: Homework
Here are three suggested quick homework assignments:
Homework 1: Tune your guitar on your own at home.
Homework 2: Use your own equipment to create various clean and distorted tones at home.
Homework 3: Practice saying the numbers and notes of strings for different combinations. Try 123456, 654321, 13243546, 64534231, 142536, 635241.