Course Code: icg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
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.
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.
After years of no formal training, I feel like I am on the road from playing notes to making music. This was very enjoyable and helpful! Thanks for helping to improve the quality of my life!"
I have attempted other guitar courses that only teach chords. I gave up because of not understanding and immediately lost interest. This course was the best. It covered every question that I have ever had about how to play the guitar correctly, and I can read music now. I am 55 years old and this was my first real guitar course. I am playing the guitar and enjoying it. If anyone out there is wondering whether you can learn to play the guitar at your age, the answer is YES, YOU CAN. Take this course and you will be amazed at how good you can be at playing the guitar."
One of the things which I find so inspiring about this class is the instructor's obvious love and passion for the guitar. It's almost poetic, reading the way he describes things. This helps paint a picture in my mind. It is not just another dry guitar class, but something really beautiful. Thank you for that!"
I enjoyed taking the course and looked forward to each class. This is a good introduction to playing guitar regardless of preferred style of music. The course puts a student on a path of productive learning and inspires continued guitar playing. The instructor and course materials were very helpful in learning to play the guitar. I could practice and study at home whenever I wanted to. I'll be signing up for more ed2go guitar classes. Thanks!"
This course was absolutely wonderful! I am so glad to have the saved lessons so I may spend more time repeating the exercises and reminding myself of proper technique. The video and audio components are immeasurably helpful. I am inspired to find a teacher and set aside practice time. Thank you for such a thorough and well-balanced course."
I thoroughly enjoyed this course as it was well written making it very interesting, easy to understand, and fun. The numerous video and audio clips were very helpful leading up to beautiful song compositions. I learned so much as each lesson progressed to the next making me want to continue with learning even more."
I loved it! Thank you to the instructor who explained everything so perfectly! I thought playing guitar from notes was impossible for me. I was proven wrong!"
In the first lesson, the instructor, Edward Burns, played a piece of music and said that by the end of this course, we would be able to play something similar. I laughed out loud and said, ""No way!"" But I have to say that this course is so well written and structured that even someone with no musical experience can come out the other end doing far more with their guitar than they ever imagined! Edward is gifted at motivating and encouraging students to achieve their goals. I highly recommend this course!"
Thanks for the great course! I've been trying to learn guitar since 2000 when my wife gave me my guitar. I tried private lessons, books, YouTube, and an Xbox guitar trainer. Your course worked. I can finally call my guitar something other than "My Display Guitar.""
Mr. Burns is passionate about his craft and appears very willing to teach others to share that same passion. I found it helpful that Mr. Burns stressed that each student use expressive and artistic techniques that come from within to bring the music alive, and not merely play robotically. Quite interesting and eye opening for me. Awesome teacher and lessons!"