We’ve been playing through some chords and strumming patterns to get everyone used to the process of ‘playing the instrument’. Since this is a workshop model, the students are taking different paths in the program. Students new to the guitar are simply practicing chords and strums. Students with more experience are working on songs, and a few are trying to write their own songs. The best way for them to progress is to play every day – even for 15 to 20 minutes. They can do this in front of the television because it’s more about developing strength and muscle-memory in the fingers than any brain-related skill right now.