This sample scenario shows how an instructor can use Fender Play’s resources to dynamically respond to a student’s interests and needs.
Your student tells you in their lesson that they are interested in learning to play ZZ Top or Texas boogie-style songs. The student has some knowledge of power chords and some picking ability. They have previously learned several songs with a “pick level” rating of two or three picks on Fender Play.
Before the Lesson: Finding a Song to Learn on Fender Play
You decide to find a ZZ Top song lesson for your student. From the Songs menu, you click on “Browse All Artists,” and scroll down to the list of songs by ZZ Top. You and your student see that there are currently five song lessons: “Blue Jean Blues,” “Just Got Paid,” “La Grange,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” and “Tush.” Your student tells you that they have always wanted to be able to play “Sharp Dressed Man.”
Since Fender Play has already done the work of transcribing, arranging, and demonstrating the song, it means that you can immediately begin teaching your student without pausing the lesson to transcribe the song yourself or having to wait until your next meeting to teach the song.
During the Lesson: Learning the Riff
You open the “Sharp Dressed Man” course and watch the “Learn It: Riff” lesson together. Although this section of the video is only three minutes long, it contains enough material to keep you and your student busy for most of your lesson time. Fender Play’s demonstrations are clear enough that you as the instructor will likely be able to play the song immediately. That means you’ll be able to spend the lesson helping your student to jam the riff rather than scrambling to learn the song yourself.
You may also want to discuss how the power chords are named and how to know which fret corresponds to which note. The chord charts that accompany the “Sharp Dressed Man” can be used to help explain chord and fret/note naming.
In addition, if your student is having a problem with unintended strings ringing out, you can click on the “Related Lessons” link and watch and discuss the “Show Me: String Muting” skills lesson together.
After the Lesson: Homework
After the lesson, your student is probably eager to learn the rest of the song. You assign the rest of the “Sharp Dressed Man” course as homework for the week. When your student comes back for the next lesson, you can review the whole song together.