Guitar tabs for beginners "Pizza Please" is really just Hot Cross Buns in disguise for beginning guitar.
It is all on one string - This song will be perfect for a guitar lesson sometime in the first or second month, because it all happens on one string -- no string crossing!
But not until after your guitar students have started scales: Make sure they are comfortable placing their fingers down all in a row. My basic scale with new beginners goes like this:
After a couple weeks of this scale, we will go up and back down the neck as well: 00,11,22,33,44,33,22,11,00.
Too boring? Nope. You might think the tune of Hot Cross Buns wouldn't stir the heart, but kids like being able to master such an easy melody. They also love the fun of saying, "Pep-per-o-ni, cheese, AN-CHO-VY!"
Oh no! This song uses the 4 finger. Yes, using the 4 finger on fret 4 is a little hard at first, but it is a good exercise to introduce very early, when kids are first learning their finger numbers.
But it is easier with other fingers... True. But if you don't get them started early using that "pinky" finger, the little finger will be curling down into the palm, or tucking under the guitar neck in no time at all.
A curled pinky is a difficult habit to break! This song's fingering encourages the left hand to stay open and relaxed, with the fingers up and ready for action.
This easy guitar song is perfect for practicing the "Down-Up" picking pattern. After kids are comfortable with the timing and fingering of the song, we get our picks out and try a slow "Down, down, down. Down, down, down. Down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up. Down, down, down" motion. It's nice and easy, because it's all on one string.
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