Topic: anyone else teaching guitar in prisons?
Advice please for my teaching challenge. It's great to be starting to teach basic acoustic guitar in 2 UK prisons after 30 years' teaching elsewhere. (I play with ceilidh bands and folk groups of all kinds.) But how can the students practise when they're only allowed to handle instruments for the single weekly 3-hour session? The strings are a security risk so everything has to be locked up before the men are taken back to the cells.
There will be some musical elements they can continue to practise, e.g. rhythm and improvised percussion, breathing and voice work, and of course sheets of their favourite lyrics for learning and working out accompaniments. However, they need to develop callused and flexible fingers. The gadget called Letechnique isn't permitted (yet! I'm working on it) but someone out there may suggest something. Meanwhile, I'll try with elastic bands and boxes.
Thanks in advance.