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Guitar for Beginners

Guitar for Beginners
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6 Sessions / 9 hours of work per session
Price
Free
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
Skill Level
Beginner
Topics
Music, Technique, Performance, Guitar
Course Description

In Guitar for Beginners, you'll learn an easy approach to get you playing quickly, through a combination of exploring the instrument, performance technique, and basic music theory.

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.

schedule

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Session 1: The Basics (May 21, 2019)
In this first session, we will focus on how to choose the right guitar for you and what accessories are essential for any guitar player. You’ll learn the parts of the guitar and get you comfortable with your instrument. You’ll also learn how to play your first two chords: A minor and E major.
6 lessons
1. Choosing the Right Guitar: Acoustic or Electric
2. Choosing the Right Guitar: Right Handed or Left Handed
3. The Essential Accessories for Your Guitar
4. The Parts of the Guitar
5. How to Read Chord Diagrams and Fretboard Maps
6. Playing an A Minor and E Major Chord
Session 2: Fundamental Guitar Skills (May 28, 2019)
In this lesson, you will learn how to tune and you will start playing your instrument from the ground up! Be patient and remember: focus on being accurate and play in consistent time with your metronome. These things are far more important than playing with speed.
7 lessons
1. String Names and Numbers
2. Tuning Your Guitar with a Tuner
3. Tuning Your Guitar by Matching
4. Tuning Your Guitar with Harmonics
5. Picking Techniques
6. Finger Picking
7. Strumming the Guitar
Session 3: The Twelve Half Steps and Basic Notation (June 4, 2019)
While you don’t need to be an expert on music theory to play guitar, it is important to know the basic building blocks of music. With this understanding, music will no longer be shrouded in mystery or complexity. This lesson presents fundamental musical ideas in a fun, non-intimidating way.
4 lessons
1. The Twelve Frets and Twelve Half Steps
2. Notes on the Fretboard
3. Rhythm Basics
4. Music Notation and Tablature
Session 4: Scales: Construction and Fingerings (June 11, 2019)
In this lesson, you will dig into scales. Don’t be intimidated. Some of you may have heard of, or practiced, scales. It might have been during piano lessons. Most likely it wasn’t very exciting for you. Hopefully you'll find the approach to scales in lesson 4 much easier and even fun.
6 lessons
1. Position Playing
2. Playing the Chromatic Scale on a Single String
3. Playing the Chromatic Scale in First Position
4. Playing the Chromatic Scale in Other Positions
5. Playing the Major Scale - Part 1
6. Playing the Major Scale - Part 2
Session 5: Chords: Building Easy Triads and Power Chords (June 18, 2019)
In this lesson, you will use all of the skills you’ve gained from the previous lessons to build the foundation of harmony. You will play certain scale notes at the same time to create chords. Let's look at why chords sound like they do, how to build them, how to easily play chords in open position, and how to play chords that you can move all around the neck.
6 lessons
1. Major Triad Chords
2. Minor Triad Chords
3. Barre Chords
4. Power Chords
5. Reading Chord Charts
6. Playing Chords
Session 6: Putting It All Together (June 25, 2019)
Now that you have the "science" of the guitar in your fingers, you will learn a couple of songs. You will do this by using melody (from the scales) and harmony (from the chords) we have learned. You will also learn an essential scale for playing melodies and soloing.
7 lessons
1. How to Read Chord Charts
2. What is the Pentatonic Scale?
3. Soloing with the Pentatonic Scale
4. Essential Electric Guitar Effects
5. Playing a Pentatonic Song: Blue Guitar Blues
6. Playing A Song: JP Lullaby
7. Course Review
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What You Need to Take This Course

Equipment:

  • An acoustic or electric guitar
  • If you’re playing an electric guitar, you will also need an amplifier and a ¼” cable to plug your guitar into your amplifier.
  • Metronome

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  • Recording app or software
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