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Thread #51437   Message #783942
Posted By: wysiwyg
14-Sep-02 - 03:05 PM
Thread Name: Teaching Seniors to Play Instruments?
Subject: RE: Teaching Seniors to Play Instruments?
You may find that the seniors will be teaching, not learning. We met a great old guy in the music shop yesterday and all he wants to know is, "How come they all keep falling asleep when I play my fiddle at the home?" His monthly outing is to go to the shop. We decided to go over there a little earlier next time we go, and hook up with him and try to play loud enough to wake the... neighbors.

I do that two-on-a-harp thing with kids, too.

Waltzes. Do waltzes. And let them play the harp tabletop, upside down-- much easier strumming, pulling the hand toward you, across the strings.

Index of two chord songs in Rise Up Singing I. (The rest of that thread includes other 2-chord songs that may or may not be in RUS.) I recommend RUS because altho the type is awful small, there are a lot of other songs in there that older folks love and maybe they can use them for their own singalongs, when other musicians visit.