One of the
most important current developments in teaching young students (2nd-5th
graders) to play the guitar is a program in which the students build their personal
together and build an Ancient guitar using modular parts prepared in advance.
We will choose a name for the instrument we have built: Ancient Guitar. This name has an
associative connection to the Rabbaba, which is a Bedouin musical instrument.
The difference between the instruments is considerable: while the Rabbaba is played with
an arched, our Rabbab is an Ancient guitar, which we pluck with our fingers or with a
plectrum. The program was developed by Naftali Lahav, director of the Guitar Studio.
by building the Ancient guitar. We provide all the parts in a special kit. During the
building process the student becomes attached to his instrument, and by the time it is
ready, the student is very enthusiastic about playing it. The sounds are gentle, bright
Using this instrument we teach the correct sitting posture, the position of the hands, the
proper way of holding the guitar and pressing the string with the left fingers.
It's a real party! The students actually learn to play the guitar, but without the
discomfort they might feel if they start playing a six stringed guitar. With the help of
the Ancient guitar, we prepare the student to play the guitar, we study some
pieces using the sign script, and most importantly we learn the playing positions.
program is the solution for young pupils who want to play, and for teachers who want to
teach this age group. The program also offers the special experience of building an
instrument and simple carpentry work.
include all the pre-cut wood pieces, the boards and bridges, the nails, glue, tape,
strings everything! After teaching the basic principles of playing, the teacher can
accompany the student with the guitar and vise versa; the student can accompany the
teacher with a simple melody using the sign script.
instrument which we offer individuals, is the very same instrument used in the program:
"My Ancient Guitar", other than its being more elegant and made of better wood.
The program "My Ancient Guitar" is used in about 20
schools, and it is recommended by the Ministry of Education as recommended optional
program no. 14.
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