David Conway
Tuning David`s lesson structure is based around the examination format.    With   guitar   firstly   the   tuning   is   checked   and   adjusted   with   a   piano   or   metronome   of   which   the   pupil is engaged with.  The tuning of the guitar is a fundamental aspect of playing and imperative to instil. Scales Scales   are   played   or   attempted   for   the   relevant   grade.   Scales,   of   which   means   Latin   for   steps,   are   an excellent way to warm up, revise notes learnt for the beginner and to build finger dexterity. The   scales   are   chosen   from   the   relevant   examination   board,   the   target   of   memorisation   is   the prerequisite target for all examination boards. Textbook Relevant textbook work is then studied, an appropriate textbook will be recommended. Aural Half    way    through    the    lesson    an    aural    test    is    attempted,    at    the    appropriate    grade    of    musical development. Aural   tests   are   always   included   in   practical   examinations   to   test   the   musical   capacities   of   the   grade taken. When   the   pupil   is   giving   accurate   responses   at   their   practical   grade   the   preceding   grades   aural   tests are practiced to further and appropriately challenge the pupils listening skills and awareness. Sight Reading A   Sight-reading   extract   is   attempted   after   the   aural   test   in   the   lessons,   when   sufficient   notes   have been learnt. The   purpose   of   sight   reading   is   to   aid   the   speed   of   learning   new   material,   and   to   develop   the   skill   of playing from sight of which the player could come across in a recording studio or in an ensemble etc. Sight   reading   is   also   part   of   the   practical   grade   examination   although   it   can   be   substituted   with Musical knowledge or Improvisation with some examination boards. Theory A   theory   exercise   is   also   tackled,   for   the   beginner   it   could   be   the   writing   of   the   Treble   or   Bass   Clefs   or fundamental note values. When    theory    is    developed    in    tandem    with    practical    instrumental    learning    it    enhances    note recognition   and   understanding   of   musical   concepts,   and   develops   the   ability   to   make   transcriptions of compositions and arrangements for the instrument. Practical Examinations When    there    has    been    enough    textbook    work    done    and    there    has    been    some    performance experience   from   playing   in   assemblies   and   school   Concerts   etc,   then   examination   pieces   are   chosen from one of the examination boards, Trinity, ABRSM, or UNISA. When   the   scales   can   be   played   from   memory   and   the   three   pieces   are   learnt   and   moving   towards performance standard then the pupil is entered for the examination.  The entry dates are February for June/ July session and June/ July for September October. Ensemble The   engagement   of   pupils,   regardless   of   their   stage   of   development,   in   an   ensemble   activity   is   an excellent   opportunity   to   play   a   piece   of   music   that   may   be   out   of   technical   or   current   learning bounds.   The   participation   in   the   ensemble   is   also   a   chance   to   socialise   with   other   players   and   to learn from them, and have more chance of performance exposure.  Here is the link to youtube https://youtu.be/evqHIJ3G1Hg