Next Step Guitar Course
Next Step Ed. is proud to use our own exclusive curriculum, The Magical Musical Tour, in our after-school programs. The Magical Musical Tour was written and compiled by Jacob Hunt with contributions from the entire Hunt family (over 75 years of combined music education experience) and has been refined & improved over the last 5 years to work seamlessly in the group & private lesson setting.
The Magical Musical Tour aims to make learning music fun for the young musician. Students follow Reeni, Li'l Frank, and his dog, Finny, around the world, visiting natural and man-made wonders while learning music fundamentals, guitar technique, and reading Lipinski tab, the first true hybrid of standard notation & tablature. Lipinski tab makes it easy to play and easier to read. The book acts as a "Passport" for the student, once he or she completes the objectives specified in each location, his or her teacher will mark their progress with a "Passport Approved" rubber stamp. This helps the parent keep track of where they are in the book and keeps the student eager to travel to the next location. Each song has a backing track which makes playing along even more fun while practicing to stay in rhythm and on beat.
In the latest edition, the 6th edition, new students will use the beginner book and students with some experience will use the intermediate book. Both books use the same songs, however, there are two different parts to each song. This allows us to accommodate for different skill levels in the same class. Students of the after-school program will receive a hard copy with registration. There are free downloads of the book's PDF and MP3 tracks. If you need another hard copy, it can be ordered from our store and mailed to you.
Listed below is a summary of what students will learn in each location.
The adventure starts with Reeni, Li'l Frank, and Finny take in a show at Carnegie Hall. Beginners learn about beat & rhythm, pitch, and the names of strings on a guitar. Intermediate students learn about power chords.
Songs of Carnegie Hall: Magical Transport Song and Dangerous D's.
While visiting penguins at the South Pole, beginner students begin to learn how to read Lipinski tab by identifying a note's rhythm & pitch values. They learn new rhythm notes, the quarter note & rest and the half note. Intermediate students learn about open chords and reinforce their ability to switch between power chords & melodies.
Songs of the south pole: Penguin Party Song and My Very Frosty Rock Band.
Next, students travel with Reeni, Li'l Frank, and Finny to the ancient mountain city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Beginner students reinforce rhythm by playing songs with open notes. They also learn a new rhythm note, the whole note. Intermediate students learn how to slide on the fretboard and reinforce playing open chords.
Songs of Machu Picchu: Mountain March, High in the Haze, and Mountain Rescue.
As Reeni, Li'l Frank, and Finny take a turbulent rafting ride down the Amazon River, the beginner students learn how to fret and reading fretted notes in Lipinski tab. Intermediate students will learn about arpeggios and power chord slides. All students also learn about internal repeat songs and how to navigate through them on sheet music.
Songs of the Amazon River: Simple Excercise, Frederique: A Ballad, and Playing the Shortest Song in the World...on the smallest raft in the world...on the second longest river in the world...
While visiting the Eiffel Tower, beginner students learn two new rhythm notes (the eighth note and the whole rest) and will reinforce their fretting by using more fingers. Intermediate students learn a new rhythm note (the sixteenth note) and reinforce switching between chords & melodies. All students learn rhythm patterns which they can use to write their own songs!
Songs of the Eiffel Tower: Got Frets? and Frere Jacques.
Reeni, Li'l Frank, and Finny find themselves in the dark of King Tut's Tomb. Beginner students strengthen their fretting abilities by using all four fingers. Intermediate students get more practice with making chord shapes. All students learn about staccato notes and complete a rhythm note quiz. Intermediate students also learn how to vibrato.
Songs of King Tut's Tomb: Pinky the Couch Potato and Mummy, Arise!
Students of all skill levels will have a gladiator's size challenge at the Colosseum. Beginner students begin to explore the whole fretboard. They learn an easier way to count the frets using the markers on a guitar's neck. They will also learn a new rhythm note, the dotted quarter note. Intermediate students learn how to quickly move their power chords up & down the fretboard.
Songs of the Colosseum: The Dot Song and The Pirate Song.
Students get a little break after the Colosseum at Lake Superior. Beginner students practice more rhythm patterns and strengthen their ability to fret.
Songs of Lake Superior: PB&J and Twinkle, Twinkle.
At the beautiful Taj Mahal, beginner students learn more rhythm patterns and a classic piece of music.
Songs of Taj Mahal: Requiem for a Princess and Ode to Joy
In the desert of the Outback, beginner students learn about scales, the musical alphabet, sharps, and how to identify pitch note names on the fretboard.
Songs of the Outback: D Major Scale (on 1 string) and D Major Scale (using a fret pattern).
Li'l Frank, Reeni, and Finny climb to the top of Mt. Rushmore while the beginner students learn a new rhythm note (the dotted half note), a new time signature, and tied notes.
Songs of Mt. Rushmore: Amazing Grace.
Li'l Frank, Reeni, and Finny find themselves in another desert, the Sahara Desert. Beginner students face a challenging last song of the adventure, and then decipher a story by Li'l Frank.
Songs of Sahara Desert: Desert Dub 2.0.