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1. Programs should be based on a classical guitar foundation and include varied musical styles within their curriculum.


2. Play a nylon string guitar when playing classical repertoire.

 

3. Sit in an ergonomic position that promotes good posture and easy access to the guitar for both left and right hands. A footstool or other device may be used to position the guitar in the most efficient position.

 

4. Use both hands in a manner that prevents injury in part by avoiding extreme extension and/or flexion of the wrist.

 

5. Play with minimal tension.  Students should learn to play without using unnecessary muscles to perform a task.  

 

6. Read staff notation, tablatures and chord charts.  

 

7. Learn from a well-sequenced curriculum for the guitar classroom that has been approved by the relevant board of education and fulfills national standards.

 

8. Learn repertoire from various musical periods and genres.  Modern and historic performance practice should be addressed.

 

9. Participate in local, state, regional, and national music festivals (district competitions, state competitions, GFA Symposia, GFA Convention, etc.).

 

10. Have access to a library of solo and ensemble guitar music.

 

11. Have access to high quality instruments, replacement strings and tools for necessary repairs.

 

12. Participate in outreach performances.  

 

13. Use right-hand finger-style technique for repertoire composed for this technique.


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