Acoustic and Electric Guitar

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Welcome to our Music Diary page for acoustic and electric guitar! 

Make a note of these recommended activities in your Music Diary to help with your practice.  We'll be adding new activities regularly to keep you inspired. 

Regular practice can be fun and will help improve your playing or singing.

Remember - you're in charge of your practice routine so you can work at your own pace.  Keep working on new pieces or skills until you feel confident with them before moving on to the next challenge.  

Most of these activities are suitable for electric and/or acoustic guitar players of any ability to explore.

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Use the Instrumental Update Worksheet to help you get the most from these activities in your practice.



Chords and strumming

A set of three booklets to get everyone playing the acoustic guitar!

  • 'Three Little Birds'

Learn to play this classic reggae song with Mr Bateman.  Suitable for beginners:

Practise rhythm and chord playing, and learn a great song!:

  • Alternative Tunings

Three videos to guide you round alternative tunings for your guitar.

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  • Chord Shaping

Three videos from Mr Scriven sharing tips on shaping chords correctly and developing good shaping technique.

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Harmony and Improvisation

  • General Improvisation Tips

Videos from Mr Scriven to help you try out new ideas when improvising.

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  • Soloing Over a Major Chord

Guides to develop soloing skills for acoustic and electric guitarists.

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  • A major Pentatonic Scale        

Master A major pentatonic scale:

Now you know the scale it's time to get improvising!:

Two videos from Mr Bateman to with improvisation ideas and advice:

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  • String Bends

A guide to developing string bending technique:



Additional Activities and Resources

Looking for more fun ideas, hints and tips or challenging activities?  Try some of these below:

Record your practice by colouring in this chart.  How will you celebrate when you've filled it all in?   

  • 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Rock star Brian May from Queen's tutorial on one of their biggest hits:

Website with lots of free resources for guitarists to explore

Some fun puzzles and drawing activities

Once you've found all the guitar parts in the wordsearch, can you find where they all are on your guitar?