Free Printable Flashcards
Free printable flashcards for your guitar students! Ordinary flashcards won't work for them, because the lowest notes for guitar players don't show up in standard music flashcard sets at all.
What's a good way to use these cards?
One of the best ways to use these flashcards the first few weeks is just to spread them out, all mixed up, on the floor, then ask your student to arrange them in order from lowest to highest. The cards need to be sturdy to put up with this kind of treatment, so I like to print them on cardstock, which goes through my home printer just fine (one sheet at a time).
Find the cards that match the guitar's open strings
Pull out of the set just those cards that match the open strings. See if your student can arrange those cards from highest to lowest, then have them pluck the strings that correspond to the cards. Then mix the cards up again, and see if they can still find the right strings! If they can name the open string cards, then the cards around them start to come into focus a bit.
Match the cards to frets on the guitar neck
Have them find work their way up the fretboard using the cards (I suggest going in order at first), asking them to name the fret and card aloud.
Print extras for the missing notes
What about the "accidentals" - notes with sharps or flats? Well, I didn't make any of those, but it's easy to print an extra set of these free printable flashcards and draw those necessary notes. String 1, fret 2 is F sharp (F#) - a very important note even in beginning music. Same case with string 2, fret 2 C sharp (C#).
There are lots of ways to use flashcards for guitar - your own knowledge of your student's needs will probably suggest little games to play. Just keep it fun!
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A thousand thanks for your beginning piano and guitar songs. I've already printed several for my children, including the Pretty Little Horses TAB and Carol of the Bells for piano. What a wonderful resource!
Thanks for a great web site and a very useful tool for us teaching guitar.
...got offered a great opportunity this year to become a secondary music teacher in an international school... Before I get to the secondary level though (next year), I sort of have to prove myself as a primary music teacher. Hasn't been easy, but I love the work. I found great ideas for my guitar unit on your site, as I didn't know where to begin. Thanks to you I will survive my next 6 weeks. I also teach choir to middle school, and I love your little morning warmups. Looking forward to more of that in the future. Keep up the great work, it is very inspirational for us beginner teachers.
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I am a "retiree" and brand new guitar student. I have used your guitar tabs for Shenandoah and Amazing Grace, and find it exciting to hear real music coming out of my guitar for the first time.