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Introduction to Guitar

Learn to play guitar, and become the musician you've always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you'll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations.

The classical guitar skills you'll master in this course will allow you to play any style of music, from hard rock to country-and-western. And that's not all! Good guitar players know that the secret to making beautiful music is to practice, practice, practice—so that's what you'll do. You'll make rapid progress as you follow a carefully planned practice schedule that reinforces each new skill you learn. Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate student, this course will take your musical talent to the next level. By the time you're finished, you'll be well on your way to becoming a skilled guitar player.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Massachusetts Bay Community College Why this school? It's been chosen based on your location or if you've visited this school's website.

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Introduction to Guitar

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Introduction to Guitar Reviews

Introduction to Guitar Details + Objective

Course Code: icg

You Will Learn
  • Discover how to correctly hold, tune, and achieve the proper right-hand position on your guitar
  • Understand the essential techniques of tone, the fundamentals of music notation, and the basic music rhythms
  • Identify bass and treble string notes on the music staff, and learn the finger-picking technique through various rhythm exercises
  • Gain an understanding of the correct left-hand position
  • Recognize rest symbols, and understand how to apply them in music with two voices
  • Understand the concept and technique for playing two notes together
  • Learn about tempo terms and volume control
  • Realize and practice techniques to minimize unwanted sounds that naturally occur when you play
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn to play guitar, and become the musician you've always wanted to be
  • Get a carefully planned practice schedule that reinforces each new skill you learn
  • Take your musical talent to the next level and develop a great new hobby
Introduction to Guitar Outline
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Week 1

Learn about the fundamentals for making music with a guitar. You'll get to know your instrument, realize the benefits of the proper playing position, explore methods for tuning, and discover how to achieve the correct right-hand position. Then learn basic techniques for creating beautiful-sounding notes when you play and how to interpret basic music notation and rhythmic note vales.

Week 2

Learn how to identify bass and treble string notes on the music staff and the concept of arpeggios for finger picking the bass and treble strings. Then discover how to establish the correct left-hand position and the details that go into pressing your left-hand fingers against the strings. You’ll also be introduced to stretching exercises that will enhance the range of motion in your fingers.

Week 3

Discover new notes on your B2 string, and you'll explore the details that go into creating harmony between the B2 and E1 string notes and learn how to combine your newfound notes together with open strings to play more complex music, allowing you to improve your skill level. Then focus on the G3 string as you learn notes and practice creating harmony between all three treble string notes to play more beautiful music. You’ll also discover techniques that will allow you to gain more control over the way your music sounds.

Week 4

Discuss accidentals (sharps and flats) in music. You’ll also examine a scale and discussing why scales are important to your development as a guitarist. Then examine techniques for playing two notes together. You'll discover a new time signature and various ways of playing this rhythm in music. You'll learn how to use guide and pivot fingers to create smooth chord transitions. And you'll continue to build on your skills by learning new music and right-hand exercises.

Week 5

Take a look at a few new notes, and you'll discover other possible ways of playing two notes together to further understand the value of playing with correct right-hand fingering. You’ll also learn a technical exercise to help build coordination and develop stretch range in your fingers! Then learn more about tempo and how it's used to create musical expression, and experience how to use volume to add expression to your music.

Week 6

Discover ways to minimize unwanted sounds that naturally occur when you're playing, and you'll practice a new exercise that will help to increase your skill level. Finally, you’ll get an introduction to dynamic tempo terms that will help you artistically express your music, and receive a final song that incorporates many of the terms and techniques you've learned in this course so you can continue practicing and improving your skills!

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Introduction to Guitar Instructors
Edward Burns

Edward Burns, a university graduate in classical guitar performance, has a gift for helping students discover their inner guitarist. A “born musician,” Edward has an extensive musical background as a professional performer, instructor, composer, and recording artist. He has published two guitar methods and composed several guitar technique studies designed to develop specific skills. Edward has created and taught guitar and music theory courses for colleges, music academies, and conservatories.

Introduction to Guitar Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

You will need a guitar in good working condition and an adjustable footstool for correct positioning. It's advisable to purchase a metronome for developing your rhythm skills and a music stand so you can practice in a correct playing position.

Introduction to Guitar Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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