Suzuki Guitar

Virginia Thompson said: Jul 9, 2011
Virginia ThompsonViolin, Guitar, Piano, Cello, Viola
Saint Petersburg, FL
17 posts

I was wondering what scale books Suzuki guitar teacher’s use? Segovia is good for more advanced, but what about beginners? Also I’d like some supplemental material for etude studies for beginners as well. Violinist have Wolfhart, Pianist have Cerny etc., but guitar is mostly more advanced or just not written well. Any help?

Virginia Thompson
www.thompsonsmusic.com
727.576.0166

Zachary Johnson said: Aug 3, 2011
Zachary JohnsonGuitar, Piano
Sarasota, FL
1 posts

Try using the Royal conservatory of Music books. I think they have changed the name of it to “Bridges”. There is tons of scales in that start from first position one octave scales up to three octave scales, plus scales in thirds, sixth, and triad scales.

Irene said: Aug 3, 2011
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts
Sandy Toms said: Dec 8, 2011
 9 posts

A parent has asked me about a 4.5 year old taking guitar. Do Suzuki teachers begin with that age group? Are there any in the Detroit (MI) area?

Thanks, Sandy

Melanie Drake said: Dec 12, 2011
Melanie Drake25 posts

My son started Suzuki guitar at 4.5 years. I’m not familiar with teachers in Detroit.

Ariel said: Dec 13, 2011
Ariel Slater
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Hopkinton, NH
12 posts

My sister also started very young! Mary Lou Roberts teaches in Ann Arbor, MI, and even if she’s full she might know of some other guitar teachers in the area. Good luck!

Sandy Toms said: Dec 13, 2011
 9 posts

Thanks Ariel. Do you have contact information for Mary Lou Roberts?

Sandy Toms

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Sandy Toms said: Dec 13, 2011
 9 posts

Thanks Melanie.

Sandy Toms

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Sandy Toms said: Jan 7, 2012
 9 posts

Guitar age to begin?

Hi all,
What age do children begin to study guitar?

Thanks,
Sandy T.

Merietta Oviatt said: Jan 8, 2012
Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello, Viola
Stevens Point, WI
104 posts

My mother is a guitar teacher (Ora Fay Oviatt in Vernal, Ut) and she has started a student as young as 3, but I believe it was because the size of his hand was big enough to fit the smallest size guitar. I believe that may have to be the gauge. I’m sure that the guitar experts will be able to be more specific, but i believe that’s how my mom decides if they are old enough.

Dr. Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Specialist
Viola/Violin Instructor
Aber Suzuki Center, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
www.uwsp.edu/suzuki
www.merietta.com
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George Little said: Jan 8, 2012
George Little
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
Methuen, MA
1 posts

Hi Sandy,

Yes. There are Suzuki instructors in the Detroit area. Specifically the Royal Oak area has 1 or 2 that I’ve met a couple years ago. Also, there is MaryLou in Ann Arbor.
I’d try searching the teacher listings on this site to find teachers near a zip code. Their contact info should be available.

As far as age: It ranges depending on the teacher. MOST Suzuki guitar teachers accept 5 and up. Some accept 3 yr olds (I do but only after extra parent education). 4 yrs old is pretty commonly accepted.

VIRGINIA:

The Aaron Shearer Scale book is a good one for your purposes. It starts with 1 octave scales in first position and progresses from there. It’s big too. It’l keep you busy for a while. Bridges is an excellent series for supplemental material. Keep in mind Grade 1 of Bridges is on a Suzuki Bk 2-3 level and the Prep level is akin to Suzuki Bk2.

-George

Sandy Toms said: Jan 9, 2012
 9 posts

Thanks Virginia.

Sandy T.

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Robin said: Jan 11, 2014
Robin Smith-Jackson
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
Bend, OR
3 posts

I am starting a 3 year old with very short lessons on a ukelele (recommended to me by MaryLou Roberts when the 1/4 is too big for a student, which can be a great accommodation for an older child who is small.) His older brothers are both starting lessons with me and he didn’t want to be left out! I am teaching all the pre-twinkle skills in a group format with the whole family.

Blessings,

Robin Jackson

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty”—Dr Shinichi Suzuki

Robin said: Jan 11, 2014
Robin Smith-Jackson
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
Bend, OR
3 posts

George,

thanks for the information on the scales studies! I have been looking for a good supplement.

Blessings,

Robin Jackson

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty”—Dr Shinichi Suzuki

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