The guitar is one of the best-loved instruments of all time, but few people ever learn how to play it. The reason is often the difficult chord fingering with the left hand. This is why Udo Zilkens has developed the international JelGi method. It uses a C-major tuning and makes song accompaniment child‘s play. Within minutes a wide range of songs can be accompanied by old and young from the age of 2 years and above.
Standard tuning consists of the following notes E-A-D-G-B-E and each chord requires a different fingering with the left hand. Regular und intensive training is necessary. If an open C tuning is used with the strings tuned to C-G-C-G-C-E, only simple barré chords are required. For minor chords the thinnest nylon string is not played. Songs of every style can be accompanied very easily, quickly and intuitively.
Young children aged 2 years and above in day-care centres or schools and senior citizens aged up to 100 years - even with disabilities - like to play C guitars because normal fingering is not usually possible at these ages. For songs with one, two or three chords, children or senior citizens ensembles play on several guitars. Simple capos are used to produce the desired chords. Children at primary and secondary schools either play with normally tuned guitars at a basic level or with C guitars at a more advanced level. Orff instruments and other instruments can complement the guitars in many ways.
This book comprises sheet music for more than 100 children‘s songs, folksongs, spirituals and Christmas carols, also available for PDF download with all verses and tabs at www.notafina.de.
In each chapter hundreds of further songs can be found, each with the same sequence of chords. For PDF download have a look at www.jelgi.com/enjoy-learning-guitar. The JelGi Homepage contains a lot of information about patented JelGi sheet music, patented JelGi courses or seminars as well as patented JelGi strings with a perfect sound for open C tuning.
Udo Zilkens works as a music teacher at a secondary school in Düsseldorf, Germany. He has developed the international method "JelGi - Enjoy Learning Guitar" (www.jelgi.com). He holds regular JelGi courses in kindergartens and schools and is chairman of the "JelGi - Jeder lernt Gitarre e. V." foundation.