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Step One - Music Videos and MP3's for Beginning Childbloom Students
This Course includes all the music and voices the beginning student will be learning. There are play-along videos that can be adjusted for speed and MP3 downloads. We recommend that student hear the music many times. Listening is a "magic" activity that prepares the student cognitively and emotionally. It will  make the learning more eager and accurate.
Module 1 INTRODUCTION
Lesson 1 WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MUSIC!
Module 2 The Sitting Position
Lesson 1 The best sitting position for practice and performance
Lesson 2 Elements of good sitting position (Click to view)
Module 3 Guitar Motion Exercises for the Beginner
Lesson 1 Exercise #1 - Controlling the right hand fingers
Lesson 2 Thumb Exercise - Controlling the thumb stroke
Lesson 3 COMBINED EX. #1 & #2 - An exercise for quick skill
Lesson 4 See-saw Exercise - Starting with the "i" (index) finger
Lesson 5 See-saw ex. - starting with the M (middle) finger
Lesson 6 A Stretching exercise for the left hand the correct way.
Lesson 7 Backwards Caterpillar Exercise
Module 4 The Music and Videos of the "Hot Cross Buns"
Lesson 1 Hot Cross Buns Voice #1
Lesson 2 Hot Cross Buns Voice #2
Lesson 3 Hot Cross Buns Voice #3
Lesson 4 Hot Cross Buns Voice #4
Lesson 5 Hot Cross Buns (Accompanying Voice - dyads)
Lesson 6 Hot Cross Buns - Combined Voice - MP3
Lesson 7 Practice the hardest part of Voice 1 here: "The one-a-penny-two"
Lesson 8 Practicing the hardest part of Voice 3
Module 5 The Music and the Videos of Tonkawa Song
Lesson 1 Tonkawa Song Voice #1
Lesson 2 Tonkawa Song Voice #2
Lesson 3 Tonkawa Song Voice #3
Lesson 4 Tonkawa Song Voice #4
Lesson 5 Tonkawa Song Accompanying Free Stroke voice (dyads)
Lesson 6 Tonkawa song MP3
Lesson 7 An exercise to prepare you to play Tonkawa Song
Module 6 The music and video of "Are You Sleeping"
Lesson 1 Are You Sleeping (Single Line melody)
Lesson 2 Are You Sleeping Accompanying voice (dyads)
Lesson 3 The Music of "Are You Sleeping" Mp3
Lesson 4 Practice video for "Morning Bells Are Ringing."
Module 7 The Music and Videos of "La Folia"
Lesson 1 La Folia Voice #1
Lesson 2 La Folia Voice #2
Lesson 3 La Folia Voice #3
Lesson 4 La Folia accompanying Voice - dyads
Lesson 5 La Folia - The combined voices MP3
Lesson 6 A string-crossing practice video
Lesson 7 Practice video for the hardest notes to learn (2nd group of fast notes)
Lesson 8 Practice video for 15-13-12-10 - so you can play it fast.
Module 8 The Music and the Videos of "Lightly Row"
Lesson 1 Lightly Row Voice #1
Lesson 2 Lightly Row Voice #2
Lesson 3 Lightly Row #3
Lesson 4 Lightly Row - Accompanying Chords
Lesson 5 Lightly Row Combined Voices Music MP3
Lesson 6 Practice the Right Hand pattern for the 2nd voice here
Lesson 7 Practice the Right and Left hand part of the 2nd voice of Lightly Row
Lesson 8 Practice the 3-finger chords for Lightly Row here
Module 9 The Ladder
Lesson 1 The Ladder
Lesson 2 The Ladder Music MP3
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Childbloom Free Complete Student Course: Learning to Read Music and beyond

THE VIDEOS - This course is provided free to all our students who are working at home with their Childbloom Instructor during the Covid-19 home study and social distancing. We hope parents and students make use of the course in conjunction with the goals and assignments of your Instructor.

WHAT THIS OFFERS - This course provides play-along, practice videos for the Childbloom student. These short videos target the most problematic parts of each piece in the Childbloom Guitar Program curriculum - from the beginning stages to the most advanced. By playing along with the videos the student's practice can be made more effective and mastery can be quicker, especially as the student is able to focus more deeply. Focusing deeply creates deep learning. There is accompanying text to each video to remind the student what to focus on in the video.

The videos can be slowed down to accommodate the student's needs or sped up for a challenge.

BRAIN/HAND EXERCISES - There is also a special exercise UNIT (Brain/hand patterns) that will help the student develop motor-skill on the instrument and can be used by the more advanced students.

This method of practice is more effective when there is a teacher, parent or friend guiding the repetitions of the student - but eventually the student should be able to use this course of practice videos without outside help.

We have provided a guide to the appropriate number of repetitions for each age (see "GET STARTED-READ THIS FIRST" menu).

THEORY - We have added some basic music theory explanations and downloadable worksheets for students. This material can be checked for accuracy by your Childbloom Instructor. By working though this step-by-step material the interested student will learn about scales, chords, intervals, keys and other important musical concepts. There is also material to help the student learn to read notes in the higher positions on the fretboard.

Module 1 Learning to Read Music
Lesson 1 The Drum Song - Measure 6
Lesson 2 A Memory at the Door - Measure 5
Lesson 3 A Memory at the Door Measure 6
Lesson 4 A Memory at the Door Measure 7
Lesson 5 Perpetual Motion Exercise
Lesson 6 Notes Flash Cards
Lesson 7 Copycat 1st 8 Notes
Lesson 8 Morning Is Come - Measure 6
Lesson 9 Song of the Wind - Measure 9 to 10
Lesson 10 A Gift to be Simple - Measures 8 to 9
Lesson 11 Hoedown Round - Measures 11-13
Lesson 12 Tomorrow's Bells - Measure 9
Lesson 13 Arpeggio Time - Measure 3
Lesson 14 Arpeggio Time - Right Hand Arpeggio Pattern
Lesson 15 Arpeggio Time - Right Hand 3-String Chord Exercise
Lesson 16 Arpeggio Time - 2nd Right Hand Pattern
Lesson 17 Hummingbird - Right Hand Exercise
Lesson 18 Hummingbird Shift - Measures 1 to 2
Lesson 19 Hummingbird - Measure 9
Lesson 20 Hummingbird Triplet Right Hand Pattern
Lesson 21 Hummingbird Tremolo Pattern
Lesson 22 Amen - Shifting Up-Down - Measures 5 to 7
Lesson 23 Falcon Round
Lesson 24 Komodo Dance - Measures 7 to 8
Lesson 25 Two Pirates - Measures 3 to 4
Lesson 26 Nighthawk - Measure 5
Lesson 27 Nighthawk - Measures 7 to 8
Lesson 28 The Waves - RIght Hand Pattern - Measure 1
Lesson 29 Kind of Blue - Measure 3 to 4
Lesson 30 Kind of Blue - Measures 9 to 10
Lesson 31 High-Stepping - Measure 1 to 2
Lesson 32 Sopchoppy Blues - Measure 7
Lesson 33 Sambino - Measures 13 to 14
Lesson 34 Twitch Study - Measure 5
Lesson 35 Mystery Highway - Measures 13 to 14
Lesson 36 Cranberry Jig - Measure 13
Lesson 37 Study in A Minor - Measure 9
Lesson 38 Dangerous Kitten - Measures 7 to 8
Lesson 39 Amazing Grace - Measure 12
Lesson 40 Song of Joy - Measures 8 to 9
Lesson 41 Hey-Ho To the Greenwood - Measure 5 to 6 (Rhythm) Difficulty
Lesson 42 The Dyad Song - Measure 4 to 5
Lesson 43 Preparation Exercise for "Peasant's Dance"
Lesson 44 Peasant's Dance - Measure 2
Lesson 45 Drifting Cloud - Measures 1-4
Lesson 46 Boogie Woogie - Measure 9
Lesson 47 Study #1 Opus 60 - Measure 15 to 16
Lesson 48 Greensleeves - Measures 7 to 8
Lesson 49 Greensleeves - Measures 15 to 16
Lesson 50 Goat Dance - Measure 19
Lesson 51 Goat Dance - (2nd voice) - Measure 5
Lesson 52 America (1st voice) - Measures 12-13
Lesson 53 Farewell (1st voice) - Measure 7
Lesson 54 Skating - for three guitars (MP3)
Lesson 55 Skating - part one only (Mp3)
Lesson 56 Skating - Part 2 only (MP3)
Lesson 57 Skating - Part 3 only (MP3)
Lesson 58 The Goat Dance - all parts - (MP3)
Lesson 59 The Goat Dance - Part 1 - MP3
Lesson 60 The Goat Dance - Part 3 - Mp3
Lesson 61 The Goat Dance - Part 2 - MP3
Lesson 62 America - 3 parts (MP3)
Lesson 63 America - Part 1 (MP3)
Lesson 64 America - Part 2 (MP3)
Lesson 65 America - Part 3 (MP3)
Lesson 66 Farewell - Both parts (MP3)
Lesson 67 Farewell - Part one (MP3)
Lesson 68 Farewell - Part two (MP3)
Module 2 How to Change a String
Lesson 1 How to change a string
Module 3 Tunes You Can Play 1
Lesson 1 Moderato - Ms.6-7
Lesson 2 Waltz (Aguado) - M.12 LH
Lesson 3 Minuetto (Aguado) - Ms.11-12
Lesson 4 Minuetto (Aguado) - Ms.13-14
Lesson 5 Arpeggio Study (Aguado) - Ms.5-6
Lesson 6 The Waves - Ms.6-7 (1)
Lesson 7 The Camel - M.8
Lesson 8 The Procession - Ms.4-5
Lesson 9 The Circus Tune - Ms.11-12
Lesson 10 Little Waltz D - M.1
Lesson 11 Little Waltz D - Ms.13-14
Lesson 12 Way Too Cool - M.9
Lesson 13 Way Too Cool - M.13
Lesson 14 Waltz in G (Kuffner) - M3-4
Lesson 15 Waltz in G (Kuffner) - M.9
Lesson 16 Opus 60 #2 - Ms. 38-40
Lesson 17 Opus 35 #1 - Ms.31-32
Lesson 18 Opus 31 #1 - M.11-12.mp4
Lesson 19 Waltz in G - Opus 51 #1 - Ms.31-33
Lesson 20 Andantino (Giuliani)- M.17
Lesson 21 Andantino (Giuliani) - Ms.30-31
Lesson 22 Dance in G (Carulli) - Ms.3-4
Lesson 23 Waltz in C (Carulli) - Ms.1-2
Lesson 24 Waltz in A (Carulli) - Ms.9
Lesson 25 Waltz in A (Carulli) - Ms.28-29
Lesson 26 Slur Preparation for "Palace of Nonesuch"
Lesson 27 Palace of Nonesuch - Ms.4-5
Lesson 28 Palace of Nonesuch - Ms.8-9
Lesson 29 Packington's Pound - Ms.12-14
Lesson 30 Chiara Stella - Ms.5-6
Lesson 31 Andantino Grazioso - Ms.3-4
Lesson 32 Italiano (Sicilian) - M.9
Lesson 33 Two Bugles - Ms.20-21
Lesson 34 Marizapolos - Ms.6-8
Lesson 35 Marizapolis - Ms.16-18
Lesson 36 Marizapolos - Ms.17-19
Lesson 37 Landler - Ms.3-4
Lesson 38 Landler - Ms.7-8
Lesson 39 Landler - Ms.14-16
Lesson 40 Blues 1 - M.5
Lesson 41 Neli's Dance - M.2
Lesson 42 Neli's Dance - Ms.17-18
Lesson 43 Notes Flash Cards Advanced
Module 4 Easy Ensemble Book Sound Files (The Purple Book)
Lesson 1 Copycat
Lesson 2 Three Friends
Lesson 3 Choral
Lesson 4 No School
Lesson 5 The Clock
Lesson 6 Abraham's Song
Lesson 7 The Irish Song
Lesson 8 Heart Motion
Lesson 9 Dotted Duet
Lesson 10 Adagio
Lesson 11 Transylvania
Lesson 12 Sueno
Lesson 13 Stomp
Lesson 14 Amazing Grace
Lesson 15 Sonnet by Enrique Valderrabano
Lesson 16 Pavane by Luis Milan
Lesson 17 The Rebel Soldier - American Folk Song
Lesson 18 A Gift To Be Simple - A 19th Century Shaker Hymn
Lesson 19 Home on The Range - Traditional American
Lesson 20 Silent NIght by Franz Gruber
Lesson 21 Carol of the Bells - Ukranian Folk traditional
Lesson 22 Cotton Eye'd Joe - American traditional
Lesson 23 Turkey in the Straw - Irish/American Fiddle Tune
Lesson 24 Greenland by Kevin Taylor
Lesson 25 Island TIme by Kelli Larson
Lesson 26 El Cefiro - Mexican Traditional
Lesson 27 I will Twine by Philbrick Webster
Lesson 28 Harmonious Blacksmith - Frederik Handel (by Mauro Giuliani)
Module 5 Tunes You Can Play 2
Lesson 1 Bryd on a Brere Ms.11-12
Lesson 2 Pezzo Tedesco Ms. 3-4
Lesson 3 Piva Ms.56-59
Lesson 4 Bagpipe Tune M.33
Lesson 5 Bagpipe Tune Ms.37-38
Lesson 6 Preparation Exercise for "Wilson's Wilde"
Lesson 7 Wilson's Wilde Ms.15-16
Lesson 8 Planxty Irwin Ms.12-14
Lesson 9 Planxty Irwin Ms.18-21
Lesson 10 The Skye Boat Song M.11
Lesson 11 The Skye Boat Song Ms.19-20
Lesson 12 Villanos M2
Lesson 13 Villanos M.6-7
Lesson 14 Espanoleta Ms.30-31
Lesson 15 La Folia M.4-5
Lesson 16 Canarios Ms.6-8
Lesson 17 Canarios Ms.13-14
Lesson 18 Canarios M.36
Lesson 19 Minuet Ms.7-8
Lesson 20 Gigue Ms.14-16
Lesson 21 Op. 241 #18 Ms.15-16
Lesson 22 Etude in Am (Carulli) Ms. 3-4
Lesson 23 Divertimento Op. 40 #11 Ms.3-4
Lesson 24 Divertimento Op. 40 #11 Ms.12-13
Lesson 25 Lesson #2 Op. 31 Ms.8-9
Lesson 26 Lesson #2 Op. 31 Ms.38-39
Lesson 27 Lesson #3 Op. 31 Ms.19-20
Lesson 28 Lesson #3 Op. 31 Ms.21-22
Lesson 29 Lesson #3 Op. 31 Ms.31-32
Lesson 30 Waltz #4 Op. 57 Ms.20-22
Lesson 31 Waltz #4 Op. 57 Ms.62-65
Lesson 32 Op. 35 #8 Ms.36-38
Lesson 33 Op. 59 #25 Ms.7-8 (without barre)
Lesson 34 Op. 59 #25 Ms.7-8 (with barre)
Lesson 35 Prelude in D minor MS. 7-8
Lesson 36 Prelude in D Major Ms.1-2
Lesson 37 Prelude in D Major Ms.8-9
Lesson 38 Lesson 80 M3
Lesson 39 Lesson 85 MS.7-8
Lesson 40 Zum Galli Galli M.11
Lesson 41 Dusty Trails Ms.20-21
Lesson 42 Dusty Trails Ms.23-24
Lesson 43 The Old Car Ms.5-6
Lesson 44 Waltz of the Sad Cloud Ms.5-7
Lesson 45 Waltz of the Sad Cloud Ms.14-16
Lesson 46 Aspen Song Ms.12-13
Lesson 47 Damascus Journey MS. 28-29
Lesson 48 Allegretto Ms.2-3
Lesson 49 Allegretto Ms.14-16
Lesson 50 Arpeggio with Rest Stroke Accent Exercise
Lesson 51 Soleares Ms.17-18
Lesson 52 Soleares Ms.41-44
Lesson 53 Dangerous Tango Ms. 11-12
Lesson 54 Dangerous Tango M. 36
Lesson 55 Invocation M.5
Lesson 56 Invocation M.17
Lesson 57 Invocation Ms.20-21
Lesson 58 Tarantella Ms.17-18
Lesson 59 Tarantella Ms.42-43
Lesson 60 White Water Etude M.34
Lesson 61 White Water Etude M52
Lesson 62 A Kinder World Ms.2-3
Lesson 63 A Kinder World Ms.6-7
Lesson 64 Romancelle Ms.21-22
Module 6 Brain/Hand Patterns
Lesson 1 Free Stroke - Index (i) Finger
Lesson 2 Free Stroke - Middle (m) Finger
Lesson 3 Free Stroke - Ring (a) Finger
Lesson 4 Free Stroke - p-i-p-m-p-a-p-m
Lesson 5 Free Stroke - p-i-p-m Motion
Lesson 6 Arpeggio - p-i-m-a
Lesson 7 Arpeggio - p-a-m-i
Lesson 8 Steady Hand/Moving Thumb - p-i-m
Lesson 9 Scalar Motion & Correct Left Hand Placement - 1-2-1-3-1-4-1-3
Lesson 10 1 Octave Major Scale (Moveable)
Lesson 11 1 Octave Pure Minor Scale (Moveable)
Lesson 12 Shifting Motion for Left Hand
Lesson 13 Rest/Free Stroke Alternation for Right Hand
Lesson 14 Playing 3-String Chords (a-m-i)
Lesson 15 Free Stroke Arpeggio - p-i-m-a-m-a-m-a
Lesson 16 Left Hand Placement Exercise
Module 7 Music Theory
Lesson 1 The Parts of Notes
Lesson 2 The Staff
Lesson 3 The Clefs
Lesson 4 The Chromatic Scale (all the notes)
Lesson 5 Scale steps
Lesson 6 The musical alphabet & notes on the staff
Lesson 7 The Musical Alphabet & the Chromatic Scale
Lesson 8 The Scales - The Major Scale
Lesson 9 Spelling Major scales
Lesson 10 Chords: learning Tonic/Dominant pairs
Module 8 LEARNING HOW TO PLAY BLUES AND ROCK
Lesson 1 LEARNING BLUES & ROCK
Lesson 2 THE CHORD KEY-FAMILIES
Lesson 3 BLUES RHYTHM PATTERNS
Lesson 4 ALTERNATE RHYTHM PATTERNS
Lesson 5 PLAYING BLUES "LEAD" - The Pentatonic MINOR scale
Lesson 6 SOME GUIDELINES FOR IMPROVISING ON THE BLUES SCALE
Lesson 7 2 SOLO BLUES TUNES IN THE KEY OF "A" AND "E"
Lesson 8 SOME FAMOUS BLUES TUNES USING JUST THREE CHORDS
Module 9 THE ROOTS OF BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY AND AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC - MOUNTAIN MUSIC OF THE APPALACHIANS
Lesson 1 HISTORY OF "MOUNTAIN MUSIC"
Lesson 2 Guitar Chords for traditional bluegrass and mountain music tunes
Lesson 3 How to read the leadsheets
Lesson 4 Some old Bluegrass tunes
Lesson 5 The Pentatonic MAJOR scale pattern
Lesson 6 Bluegrass rifs as Chord replacements
Lesson 7 SOME GOSPEL, FOLK, COUNTY AND POP MUSIC TITLES THAT USE JUST THREE CHORDS
Module 10 Duets for Tunes 1 Players and Beyond
Lesson 1 Duet - "Kelpie"
Lesson 2 Duet - "Walking Home"
Lesson 3 Duet - "On The Boat"
Lesson 4 Duet - "Thinking Back"
Lesson 5 Duet - "Mud Puddle Jazz"
Module 11 Duets for players in the Tunes You Can Play 2 Book and beyond
Lesson 1 Duet - Jamaica Morning
Lesson 2 Duet - Morning Knights
Lesson 3 Duet - Versus
Lesson 4 Duet - "Cavatina"
Lesson 5 Duet - "Cabaletta"
Module 12 Advanced Expansion Music beyond the Tunes You Can Play 2 Book for Soloists
Lesson 1 Renaissance Music
Lesson 2 Baroque Music
Lesson 3 Classical Period Works
Lesson 4 Romantic Period Works
Lesson 5 20th Century and Contemporary works
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