For students who have long thought about picking up the acoustic or electric guitar, this course will provide an easy-access foundation that will get you playing. When first learning guitar, it is important to have the material presented in stages, in an enjoyable way that allows you to grasp the basics of the instrument and music. The course begins simply with the parts of the guitar, the names of the strings, tuning, and technique-whether finger-style or pick. It then explores the basics of music theory with such topics as scales, triads, power chords, and fingering and shapes.
At the end of this course, students will understand the structure, parts, and accessories of the instrument, in addition to an understanding of its basic maintenance. Electric guitar players will learn the operation of their instrument along with basic options for amplification, effect pedals, and sounds. Students will also learn to develop correct technique and apply theory concepts to their playing. They will have the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue most intermediate guitar courses.
Parts Options, Accessories, Quick Start to PlayingLesson 2: Getting Started: Fundamental Guitar Skills
String Names, Tuning, Pick Technique, Finger-Style, StrummingLesson 3: The Twelve Half Steps and Basic Notation
Frets, Notes on the Staff, Notes on the Fretboard, Notes on the Staff, Rhythm, Time SignatureLesson 4: Scales: Construction and Fingerings
Position Playing, Chromatic Scale, Major Scales, Half Steps, Whole Steps, Keys, Sharps FlatsLesson 5: Chords: Building Easy Triads and Power Chords
Basic Harmony, Power Chords, Easy Fingerings for Major and Minor Chords, SongsLesson 6: The Pentatonic Scale and Songs
Fingerings, Soloing, Electric Guitar Effects and Amplification, Acoustic Amplificiation
No musical experience or ability to read music is required.