The Ultimate Guide to Challenges - Course Outline

  1. What Are Challenges
  2. Types of Challenges
  3. Challenge 1: "3 Times in a Row"
  4. Challenge 2: "10 Times in a Row"
  5. Challenge 3: "One Minute Without Any Mistakes"
  6. Challenge 4: "Eyes Shut"
  7. Challenge 5: "Standing Up"
  8. Challenge 6: "Backwards"
  9. Challenge 7: "Power Chords"
  10. Challenge 8: "From Memory"
  11. Challenge 9: "To A Metronome"
  12. Challenge 10: "With A Mate"
  13. Challenge 11: "50 Times in a Row"
  14. Challenge 12: "100 Times a Day"
  15. Challenge 13: "Playing With Your Guitar Behind Your Head"
  16. Challenge 14: "3 Minutes Without Any Mistakes"
  17. Challenge 15: "Play at Half Speed (With a Metronome)"
  18. Challenge 16: "Play at Double Speed (With a Metronome)"
  19. Challenge 17: "Playing the Same Notes on a Different Position"
  20. Challenge 18: "Create Your Own Riff, Lick, or Idea Inspired by the Current One"

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Michael Gumley, here. One of the most frustrating things we face as music teachers is the student announcing, “I’m done.” This is usually accompanied by a straight–faced look that says, "Don’t you dare make me do it again. I didn’t really want to do it in the first place, but I did it. You’re welcome." You know the look I mean. On very rare occasions, you agree with them. They played well, so they can move on. More often, though, they’re definitely not ‘done’. They rushed through the piece or the section, and it definitely wasn’t up to their standards. You try asking them to play it again and you’re met with *that* look. You know the one. Like you’ve just asked them to take a ring to Mordor. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of insisting they’re ‘done’, your students knew exactly what to do next? And wouldn’t it be even better if they could then take themselves through a series of fun challenges to help them improve their playing? If you’re nodding ‘yes,’ great! In this course, I’m going to give you 21 challenges that you can use with your students whenever they announce, “I’m done!”    


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