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INFOGRAPHIC - Girls vs Boys statistics for pupils learning Guitar, Ukulele and Drums with TL Music Lessons in 2017

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The infographic is based on 9 primary schools and after school lessons (all ages) in Powys, Wales (UK). We are on the border to England and fairly close to cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, and a few hours from London. 

 

When I grew up in the 90’s, I recall 3 excellent female drummers, who were always in the top handful of known drummers on ‘the scene’ of playing live in bands and performing. One of these drummers called Janette Williams played in my primary school when I was 10 and this was the point where I became inspired to learn drums because the drumming was so amazing and exciting. I ended up having lessons with her Dad before going on to study at Drumtech in London after high school. Janette now has a career in drumming. Another of the drummers, Sophie Wozencraft, played in my sister’s awesome band Twisted Tales and also has a drumming career.

 

At my drum colllege in London there was only 1 female drummer in our class of about 20. She was easily in the top 5 of us. I'm not saying they are better than boys but they have the same possibility to be.

 

I have now been teaching for 8 years and in January I decided to gather some stats on how many girls and boys learn certain instruments. Out of 9 primary schools and after school lessons of all ages, 47% of my pupils are girls and 53% boys. 39% of my students are drummers, 38% guitarists and 23% learn ukulele. 14% of boys chose to learn ukulele and 48% took up the drums. 37% of girls chose to learn the guitar, 34% ukulele and 28% drums. It is good to see these figures for girls fairly even between the 3 instruments. To me this shows that girls don’t have any inhibitions of learning drums and gender stereotypes do not come into play. In fact, when she saw the stats, one of my students exclaimed “We need more girl drummers!”.

 

4 of my students submitted a video for the 2017 Hit Like A Girl competition, which promotes female drummers. You don't have to look very far on the website before you find an inspiring video. Here is a link to my students' entry video: hitlikeagirlcontest.com/entry/mym-drumline

 

One thing is for sure – drumming is not about power and strength, it’s about technique, consistency, concentration, precision, timing, practice and hard work, focus, creativity, and listening. All of these attributes are non gender specific, so girls and women have the same possibility to be amazing drummers and the whole world needs to know it!

 

According to this campaign, only 17% of Dance Music headliners are women. I am certain that this will change quickly over the next 10 years because music programming is integrated more in school teaching now, which should get more girls interested by default. I am excited to hear the future of electronic music because I think the sound will evolve for the better. One thing that drum teachers can do is to start introducing their students to programming drums and creating electronic music with their skills when the student is ready. I started out as a drummer and the way that electronic music is made is so similar to how you create drum beats. It's all based on subdivisions and rhythm - you don't need an awful lot more than being able to make good rhythms and having an ear for what sounds good. Drummers often have a frustrated creativity inside and this is why more and more of them are getting into electronic music already. Going on from using drum machines and programming beats electronically, I think drummers should learn about using to use piano rolls in music software and also learning basic music theory like how to play major and minor chords on the piano, particularly in C and A minor as a start. All drummers should learn a bit of piano (after all it is a percussion instrument) - it's easy in the keys of C and A minor because it's only the white notes and you can't really go wrong.

 

I am particularly pleased by the statistics to see an almost 50/50 split on guitar. I can tell you that the girls are just as good as the boys on guitar and they progress just as fast. When you look at well known bands in the music industry, you can see that it's male dominated. If girls are just as good, then there is clearly something else going on to make it male dominated. There are plenty of female singers, but not so many instrumentalists. I would like to see the music industry change for the better and have more of a balance with gender because at the moment we are getting a dominant perspective and creativity and it's holding back the development of music.

 

This blog post highlights that "PRS for Music membership is currently just 16% women, who make up a rather minuscule 4% of Music Producers’ Guild members". My stats show that 48% of my guitar students are girls, so I will be doing everything I can to provide them (and the other students) with the skills to be a songwriter with their instrument. Too many teachers focus on teaching how to play along with a famous song, often simplified versions, and that should only be a small amount of their tuition. You only have to look on youtube to see that this type of tuition is overly saturated with videos that show you how to play along with songs on the guitar. If this is all they are taught, then they are going to have a hard time learning how to write songs on their own. Guitar teachers need to encourage both boys and girls to write their own music.

 


Further reading

Tom Tom magazine - Tom Tom magazine is dedicated to female drummers.

Hit Like A Girl - Hit Like A Girl spotlights female drummers and encourages drumming and lifelong musicianship for girls and women, regardless of age or playing level.

She Shreds - The Magazine Dedicated to Women Guitarists & Bassists.

Let's Be The Change - An initiative to promote, inspire and support women in music.

The Great Initiative - The GREAT Initiative is a gender equality charity based in London.

Girls Against - campaign working to raise awareness of, and ultimately end, sexual harassment at gigs and concerts.



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Ukulele Chord Progression in F with Rhythm

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This exercise sheet uses only the easy ukulele chords in a simple chord progression, which are C, C7, F, Fadd9 and Dm.

What we are really focusing on in this lesson sheet is the rhythm, which is a 2 bar repeating pattern. The 2 bar rhythm loop is counted 1 (2) + 3 4, 1 (2) + 3 (4). The counted numbers in brackets are where you do not play - they are just counted to help achieve the correct rhythm.

Make sure to follow the repeats and the down and up strumming markings.

Includes free Guitar Pro 6 file.

Deck The Halls - Guitar, Ukulele and Bass Melody Sheet Music with TAB

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Merry Christmas!

Here's a quick and easy melody to play on Christmas day that everyone knows. In the pdf files you will find the notation and guitar tab for playing the melody on guitar, ukulele or bass guitar

Also includes the Guitar pro 6 file.

Christmas Is Here feat. Snejana

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*** Free Sheet Music for all of the instruments will be added to this page soon! ***


Back in October (2016) my guitar student Snejana asked 'Can we write a Christmas Song?'.

We liked it so much that we ended up recording it, and here it is!

You can listen to the song here, and even download it if you like it here:

Stream / Download: Christmas Is Here feat. Snejana

It will also be available to stream from Spotify / apple music etc. soon.

Written and produced by Theo Lawrence & Snejana
Lyrics & vocals by Snejana
Backing vocals by The Guilsfield Cupcakes
Sleigh Bells performed by students of TL Music Lessons
Cover Art edited by RogueSkins.

Merry Christmas!


Lyrics

VERSE

Cadd9 C/B Dsus4 x2
Cadd9 C/B G Dsus4 x2

Christmas is here where lots of good cheer will come around
Christmas is here where lots of good cheer will come around
The fire is burning the candles are lit our hearts are warm and full of joy.
The sky is dark the stars are shining brightly and Jack Frost’s outside making everything sparkle nicely

PRE CHORUS

Cadd9 G Dsus4 x6

Woah oh oh oh
Woah oh oh

Christmas is here it's official
Don't be alone this Christmas
Invite a couple friends over and have some fun
And that's why it's Christmas

CHORUS

G Cadd9 Em7 Dsus4 x8

Christmas trees fairy lights baubles everywhere
Christmas trees fairy lights baubles everywhere
Can't you see Christmas cheer and carols all around
Don't you worry you'll get a carol at your doorstep

Christmas is here don't fear Santa's on his way
There's some snow on a slope and people sledding down it
Baubles are shining in some people's faces
And that is why it's gonna be Christmas time

BRIDGE

G Dsus4 Em7 Cadd9 x4

woah oh oh oh oh…..
Christmas time
Christmas time
It's just Christmas time

CHORUS

G Cadd9 Em7 Dsus4 x9 (Then end on G)

Christmas trees fairy lights baubles everywhere
Christmas trees fairy lights baubles everywhere
Can't you see Christmas cheer and carols all around
Don't you worry you'll get a carol at your doorstep

Christmas is here don't fear Santa's on his way
There's some snow on a slope and people sledding down it
Baubles are shining in some people's faces
And That is why it's Christmas time

Wouldn’t be any other time, cus it’s Christmas time


Credits

Written and produced by Theo Lawrence & Snejana
Lyrics & vocals by Snejana
Backing vocals by The Guilsfield Cupcakes
Sleigh Bells performed by students of TL Music Lessons
Cover Art edited by RogueSkins.

Silent Night Christmas Song - Chords & Melody In C, G and A. Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Flute, Bass, Drums

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2016 Update - Now includes drums, bass, guitar chords picking, and Guitar Pro 6 file for Silent night in C.

2015 Update - Now includes the melody for Silent Night in C for most instruments (and also the guitar/ukulele melody in A), and includes the piano sheet music for Silent night in C, as well as the Melody in C to be played by any melodic instrument that can read the sheet music.


Silent Night

Silent night is one of the best Christmas songs for beginner guitarists to play chords with, for both guitarists and ukulele players.

Silent night is a public domain Christmas song, so I am very pleased to be able to legally share with you 3 free PDF files containing the guitar chords and ukulele chords for the song, which you are free to print as needed. Please link to this page if you are sharing the PDF files, rather than sending the files in an email or on a website.

There are only 3 chords needed: C, F and G. For ukulele and guitar, these are all chords that you learn near the start of learning guitar, so it's a song that anyone can learn to play even if they've not been playing for long.

I have included two versions of the guitar sheet music because the 'beginners' one uses easy versions of the chords. The easy versions of F, G and C are technically Fmaj7, G6 and Cmaj7, but they still fit and sound good with this song, even if someone else plays the regular chords.

Different Key Signatures

So I was playing this to the Bublé version and found that it started in G, changed to C half way through, and then back to the key of G again. This is not overly common. It is quite normal for artists to play the whole song in a certain key. The key of G is a popular one for this song, so I have also included the PDF downloads for the key of G.

One of the schools I teach in were practicing for a carol service and I noticed they were playing the song in the key of A. So, I've also included it in the key of A. On the ukulele chords, they have been replaced by E5 and Dadd4 to make it easier to play. You could also play E7 and Dsus2 for ease of playing if you can't do E and D yet.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Guitar & Ukulele Chords

Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley

This song is really great for working on chord changes. You don't always find songs easily with the basic chords in (and no barre chords), but this song has a good selection of them. No capo needed either.

The chords featured in the song are as follows: A, B7, C, D, Em, G.

The chords are basic on both guitar and ukulele and can be learned by beginners. More intermediate or advanced players can develop the rhythm rather than doing single strums.

We Three Kings - Guitar and Ukulele Sheet Music with Tab - PDF

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This is quite a majestic Christmas song - one of my favourites. It is great for building up chord changing skills and for learning how to play simple melodies on the guitar and ukulele.

Autumn Leaves - A Ukulele and Guitar song for kids

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Photo Credit: Travis Simon

Autumn Leaves is a Ukulele and Guitar song for kids about the colours of Autumn Leaves and falling from the tree.

The chords are easy for beginners and the words are easy to sing along. There is a basic notated melody, but you can make up your own to suit the singers.

The song is ideal for primary schools, from about year 1-5. You can listen to the audio example of a group of year 5 girls playing the song on guitar here:

01. Latin Lounge Jazz - Acoustic Guitar & Ukulele Song with Free PDF Sheet Music

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This is the first track of a 10 track guitar and ukulele album I wrote for students to learn. The music is available to stream or download and the sheet music for one of the songs is available for free here. I will be making all of the sheet music available to download for free, and also offering a premium download of the pdf ebooks, guitar pro downloads, and mp3 audio downloads, should you find a use for this.

The verse of "Latin Jazz Lounge" has a chilled Jazz feel with a moody melody and warm chord progression. The chorus has more of a Latin feel to it. The overall style is called Latin Lounge Jazz, hence the slight play on words for the title.

A useful thing about the 10 acoustic songs I wrote and recorded is that there are 3 difficulty levels for beginners, on both ukulele and guitar. Download the pdf files to get started.


Download "10 Acoustic Guitar & Ukulele Songs - Beginners To Intermediate - Audio & PDF Sheet Music Ebooks" (premium):

6 Guitar Shredding Exercises - Fast Scale Runs and Soloing Exercises in F# minor - Lead Sheet - Rockschool

About the Difficulty Levels

These are written for grade 8 level, but it wouldn't hurt a grade 5-7 player to try them at the slower speeds.

Guitar Tab and creative concepts for preparing the faster parts of the guitar solo for the 2012-18 Rockschool Grade 8 piece "Lead Sheet"

These exercises came about from preparing for the guitar solo in the 2012-2018 Rockschool Grade 8 piece "Lead Sheet". They are not endorsed by Rockschool in any way, but they are designed to help players with ideas of the types of things they could do for this solo - which is entirely from my perspective, as a guitar teacher with 5 years teaching experience.

These 5 exercises are meant to build up your speed for shred style rock solos, which would also work with metal, as the Lead Sheet song is based on a lot of 'Nu-Metal' artists, as cited in the book.

You will need to remember that this is a series of 2 bar exercises, and for the "Lead Sheet" song, you will need to prepare an 8 bar solo. Please do not copy these exercises verbatim and stick them together for the exam, but you could draw inspiration from the ideas and make them your own. Remember to build an interesting guitar solo (one that will score the most marks), it needs to 'tell a story' rather than 'filling the air with a thousand notes', but it does need to show off a competant level of speed and techniques at this level. You need to be musical, and like the example on Track 5 of the CD, the guitarist makes it musical. It has plenty of the fast sextuplet shredding style, but it also has some slower 16th note groovy soloing, which sounds a little funky too. As a whole, the solo seems to be modeled on Tom Morello's style (Rage Against The Machine), so for more ideas along those lines, go check their music out - they have plenty of guitar solos in their back catalogue.


You can also try these in the Key of G minor, and there are some backing tracks too.

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